Without a doubt, Can-Am is focused on staying on or near the top of the ATV and UTV markets. For 2019, the brand’s lineup is filled with great new products that will please all kind of off-road vehicle enthusiasts. What they have going on is going to push the rest of the industry to catch up if they want to compete.
Stability, maneuverability and comfort
Can-Am brings a completely new concept in 2019, with the addition of a front stabilizer bar on its Outlander 650, 850, 1000 and Renegade. This modification naturally brings more suspension rigidity and stability while cornering. That allowed the engineers to opt for a softer suspension calibration that offers greater comfort while providing better handling in comparison to the previous versions. This modification is obvious on the track. Taking a fast corner allows the front of the vehicle to remain much more parallel to the ground without needing a high level of adjustment of the coil springs preload. The result is, we get better handling without sacrificing the comfort. Can-Am also lowered the diameter of the rear anti-sway bar from 31.7 to 27 millimeters for more flexibility when going through small bumps.
In addition to this improvement to the vehicle stability, the Can-Am development team has expanded the width to 48 inches (121.92 cm) compared to the 46 inches (116.84cm) of the previous models.
Making it easier to get through rough terrain, the Outlander and Renegade models are now equipped with completely redesigned front suspension arms. The two lower A-arms are curved, allowing a better ground clearance. That gives an increase of 35 millimeters (1.38 in) of ground clearance to make easier crossing in rough terrain.
Power, reliability and intelligence
Looking to take the horsepower title, Can-Am has released the most powerful production ATV ever produced. The Can-Am Renegade and Outlander 1000R are now powered by a 976cc V-twin engine producing nothing less than 91 horsepower. It is actually the same engine as the Maverick 1000R, but with a decrease of nine horsepower. This decrease comes from the configuration of the exhaust in a smaller space.
Can-Am introduces a new intelligent throttle control system that is similar to the one used on Ski-Doo snowmobiles. The Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) system allows you to select three power modes: Standard, Sport and Work. Aside from full power in Sport mode, the other two modes reduce throttle response for easier driving in rough terrain. This electronic system is cable-free and remarkably smooth and accurate.
Can-Am did not stop there. The Outlander line-up also has the largest towing capacity in the industry, which is 10-percent more than its nearest competitor. We are talking about a capacity of 1,650 pounds (750 kg). To achieve this, the trailer hitch was reinforced, and the rear differential size was increased to 155 millimeters (6.1 in), which is about 50-percent stronger and more reliable.
The third goal of the company is a financial one – to become a product of better quality while remaining accessible to all budgets. The Can-Am finance people have certainly worked hard because there are price decreases ranging from $400 US to $1,650 US depending on the models. We were also told the Canadian dollar rebates will be equivalent.