Challenger Adds MT500D Series Tractors to High Horsepower Lineup

Challenger Adds MT500D Series Tractors to High Horsepower Lineup

DULUTH, Ga. (August 11, 2010) — Challenger® is pleased to introduce the all-new MT500D Series High Horsepower wheeled row crop tractors to North American professional producers. The Challenger MT500D Series tractors, made up of four entirely redesigned models ranging from 170 to 225 engine horsepower (140–180 PTO HP), package unmatched quality and innovation with new comfort features to help producers handle the most challenging jobs. Optional factory-installed auto-steering and telemetry technologies available on these new models offer a never-before-seen level of control and help improve productivity and operational efficiency for any size farming operation.

“These new tractors from Challenger boast some of the most innovative features as they relate to emissions compliance, versatility, work management and operator comfort,” says Mike Alvin, product marketing manager, high horsepower tractors. “When there’s work to be done, professional producers need a tractor they can count on to finish a multitude of jobs, and that’s what we’ve created with the MT500D Series. These are tractors with the power and technology to work long and hard, helping their operators meet the intense demands of farming today.”

The Challenger MT500D Series features some of the most cutting-edge technology found in the marketplace today. These tractors are powered by Tier 4-interim emissions-compliant AGCO POWER™ diesel engines with e3™ selective catalytic reduction (SCR) clean-air technology for improved emissions, minimal maintenance and exceptional fuel efficiency.

New features available direct from the factory The MT500D Series can be outfitted with System 150 auto-steering technology and the AGCOMMAND™ telemetry system which provides real-time tractor-performance information to help producers monitor and further increase tractor performance, productivity and efficiency.

Smooth-shifting on the MT500D Series is made possible by an innovative TechStar™ continuously variable transmission (CVT), which delivers true clutchless, stepless shifting, the convenience of a 1200-hour service interval and limited moving parts for long life. Power Management (PM) continuously monitors the load on the engine, adjusting the engine and transmission to deliver optimum power and improved fuel efficiency. An AutoPower VI (partial-powershift) transmission also is available.

In addition, these tractors feature redesigned cabs that offer a wide-angle view and superior operator comfort.

Emissions “Compliance without Compromise”

The MT500D Series are powered by 6.6L or 7.4L AGCO POWER six-cylinder engines with Generation 2 e3 SCR technology that incorporates enhanced emissions components to meet Tier 4-interim emissions requirements. The catalytic converter and diesel oxidation catalyst work with the tractor’s engine to maximize efficiency and simplify maintenance. This approach provides the most innovative and functional SCR system in the agriculture market today and offers owners best-in-class total fluid usage.

SCR technology allows these AGCO POWER engines to run better, stay cooler and last longer. The MT500D Series comes with larger 114-gallon capacity diesel fuel and 11-gallon DEF tanks to allow longer periods of work between refueling.

“Time is a valuable commodity for today’s producers, and we designed these tractors with that in mind,” adds Alvin. “By creating an all-around tractor that incorporates new technology with versatile performance, we’ve built an innovative machine that lives up to our customer’s expectations, as well as EPA standards.”

SCR is widely regarded as the most efficient and well-designed engineering answer to meet new exhaust emission rules; and Challenger’s innovative lead is one that virtually every other major manufacturer is now following. Unlike the alternatives, it does not require any additional valves, extra turbo-chargers, expanded cooling packages or extensive changes to existing engine designs. It also does not employ any complex internal engine components or external filter housings and is virtually maintenance free.

Greater Comfort and Improved Control

A new feature of the MT500D Series is the OptiRide™ Plus hydraulic cab suspension system. This unique cab suspension system relays information through an electronic control unit to automatically adjust the cab suspension to control bounce, rolling and pitching for a comfortable ride in the field or down the road.

Inside the cab, a more advanced Datatronic tractor management center (TMC) offers greater performance and functionality and increased legibility so producers can accurately monitor and adjust tractor and implement settings. A right-hand control armrest, new multipad control and new multi-function joystick provide easy-to-reach, fingertip control and ergonomic design that are comfortable for the operator to use.

For more information about the new Challenger MT500D Series, contact your local Challenger dealer or visit http://www.challenger-ag.com