BRP announced it has expanded its Can-Am line of Defender side-by-side UTVs, adding another model, the new HD5, with what the brand calls a “mid-sized” engine.
“The 2017 Can-Am Defender HD5 side-by-side vehicle provides full-size functionality and unmatched versatility at an attractive price point,” explained Marc-André Dubois, the brand’s global Marketing director, in a press release. “This addition of the handy Defender HD5 packages helps us expand the Defender family lineup to meet market demand and also grow the Can-Am footprint in the highly popular utility-recreation segment of the industry.”
While it may not be as big and powerful as other models in the Defender line, the HD5 still gets a 1,500 pound (680 kg) tow rating and a payload capacity of 1,200 pounds (544 kg). Half of that, 600 pounds (272 kg), can be carried in the tilting cargo box. And the bench seat should accommodate three adults.
The HD5 comes in a choice of two options packages, the base and the DPS, along with a choice of three body colours.
If you like your off-road vehicle to have six wheels instead of four, the newest Can-Am Outlander 6×6 ATV can accommodate that.
It’s powered by a fuel injected Rotax V-twin engine that produces 82 horsepower and 65 foot-pounds of torque. And it delivers that power through a CVT transmission that includes an extra-low gear ratio for slow driving or heavy pulling. To make them easier to control, the Outlander comes with Tri-Mode Dynamic power steering, which allows the operator to select the amount of steering assist.
The Outlander 6×6 offers both 4×6 and 6×6 drive with its Visco-Lok QE. In 4×6 mode, all four rear wheels provide traction. Once 6×6 is selected, the system intelligently transfers power from the slipping front wheel to the opposing wheel with traction. The system progressively and automatically locks and requires no additional buttons to push or levers to hold.
The Outlander has a big 1,650 pound (750 kg) tow rating, and the tilt-assist dump box can handle 700 pounds (318 kg).
The Outlander 6X6 is also available with a smaller 65 horsepower engine but it still has similar tow ratings.