2019 Ski-Doo Lineup Preview
BRP has taken the covers off of the 2019 Ski-Doo lineup, which sees the REV Gen4 in more models, more power in the ACE 900 Turbo and new Backcountry sleds.
The 2019 Ski-Doo lineup has been unveiled and, as expected, there is a lot to unpack. We will have review articles for several of the new sleds in the coming months, but for now this article will show you all that is new from the Canadian manufacturer for the 2019 model year.
Rotax 600R E-TEC
The Rotax 850 E-TEC has a new little brother in the 600R E-TEC. This engine produces a claimed 125 horsepower – a five-horsepower bump over its predecessor. This engine will be found in cross-country, crossover, mountain and touring segments.
Rotax ACE 900 Turbo
Powering a wide swatch of 2019 Ski-Doo models, the ACE 900 Turbo engine produces a claimed 150 horsepower – a 20-horsepower increase over the 1200 4-TEC.
A variety of Ski-Doo four-stroke sleds will now take advantage of the REV Gen-4 chassis, which offers up an open cockpit and centralized mass. This platform will now be found in select Renegade, Grand Touring and Expedition models.
2019 Ski-Doo Backcountry
Brand new for 2019 is the standalone Ski-Doo Backcountry crossover family, which is available with optional X-RS and X packages and 850 E-TEC or 600R E-TEC engines. Backcountry X-RS and X 850 E-TEC models do accept the Ski-Doo SHOT starting system.
The key to the new 2019 Ski-Doo Backcountry, along with the REV Gen4 platform, is the new cMotion uncoupled rear suspension.
“Its 146-inch length offers incredible flotation, while its tipped rail design allows razor sharp handling for aggressive trail riding. It also keeps the rising rate characteristics developed in the trail-oriented rMotion rear suspension, to deliver the same premium level of trail riding comfort and performance,” BRP says in a release.
Up front is a hybrid version of BRPs’ RAS 3 front suspension, which offers up an adjustable 38.4 to 40.2-inch ski stance.
While the new Ski-Doo Backcountry will be available all year, the Backcountry XRS and Backcountry X models are available as spring orders only.
2019 Ski-Doo Renegade
For 2019 the Ski-Doo Renegade lineup is all about choices. Renegades will come outfitted with six different engine options – three 2-stroke and three 4-stroke – including the new 600R E-TEC and 900 ACE Turbo. Both of the new engines will move to the new REV Gen-4 chassis.
For those who act early, both the Renegade X-RS and Renegade X models are available as spring order only and use the REV Gen-4 chassis. Renegade Enduro and Renegade Adrenaline models also use the REV Gen-4 chassis, while the value-minded Renegade Sport models are available with the REV XP and REV XS chassis.
2019 Ski-Doo Grand Touring
Ski-Doo takes touring snowmobiles very seriously and the Grand Touring family gets some major upgrades for 2019.
“The 2019 Ski-Doo Grand Touring lineup offers a genuine invitation for fun and excitement built for two, as the sled moves into the REV Gen4 chassis. The same precise handling attributes the REV Gen4 delivered are now available for the 1- or 2-up touring rider. With the mass of the sled centered in the chassis, driver and passengers experience a more responsive ride, while delivering the comfort Grand Tourings are known for,” BRP says in a release.
Both the new 600R E-TEC and 900 ACE Turbo are available as engine options for Grand Touring sleds this year. Other upgrades include revises seating positions, SilentDrive track, intelligent throttle control and on-the-fly adjustable Air Control Suspension.
The flagship of the Grand Touring family is the new Grand Touring Limited, while two Grand Touring Sport models are also available. One Sport model uses the non-Turbo 900 ACE engine, while the other uses the 600 ACE engine and the REV-XS chassis.
The Grand Touring Limited features even more new technology, including the new RAS-3 front suspension, Pilot 5.7 SL skis, pDrive primary clutch, forward-adjustable riser, updated glove box, Grand Touring LinQ storage box, and 24-inch extra high windshield
2019 Ski-Doo Expedition
The utility-minded Ski-Doo Expedition lineup gets a pair of new models for 2019 in the Expedition SWT and Expedition Sport.
Ski-Doo calls the new Expedition SWT the ultimate deep snow, as it offers up improved floatation thanks to its new 156 x 24 x 1.25 track, which has the industry’s largest footprint. Other features include the 900 ACE powerplant, REV-XU chassis, Pilot DS 2 skis and the ability to tow up to 1,100 pounds.
Also new is the Expedition Sport with the REV Gen4 chassis, which is paired with the 900 ACE engine. A more affordable Expedition Sport with a 600 ACE engine and REV-X chassis is also available. The rest of the Expedition family includes the Xtreme, SE (spring order only) and LE.
2019 Ski-Doo MXZ
Three different engine options are available in the MXZ family for 2019 – the new 600R E-TEC, 850 E-TEC and 600 Carb. Outside of the new 600R E-TEC engine and some new colors, the only other change to the MXZ family is an updated pDrive primary clutch.
Ski-Doo MXZ X-RS and X packages are available as spring order only, while the MXZ Blizzard, TNT and Sport can be had all year.
2019 Ski-Doo Summit
While the Ski-Doo Summit family made huge news last year with the new 850 E-TEC engine, BRP didn’t completely ignore its mountain lineup this year. New for 2019 is the availability of the 600R E-TEC engine, which is offered in the Summit SP (146 and 154 lengths), including a three-inch lug – the first ever offered in the 600 class.
Like its big brother, Summits equipped with the 600R E-TEC can accept the SHOT starter system introduced last year.
2019 Ski-Doo Freeride
The Freeride returns unchanged for 2019 outside of an updated pDrive primary clutch and a new Iceberg Blue color. This sled is available as a spring order only.