New engine, industry-first semi-active suspension among Ski-Doo's 2022 highlights
The 2022 Ski-Doo snowmobile lineup is loaded with new technology, including the most powerful engine Ski-Doo has ever released and the industry’s first ever semi-active suspension.
In this preview article, we will look at the new technology in the 2022 Ski-Doo lineup and see what has changed across the Summit, Freeride, Backcountry, Renegade, MXZ, Skandic, Tundra, Expedition, and Grand Touring families.
Of course, the big news is the return of the Mach Z, which you can read about here.
Snowmobilers have a love affair with power and the new Rotax 900 ACE Turbo R four-stroke is the most powerful engine ever in a Ski-Doo. Delivering a claimed 180 horsepower, the new mill has bigger injectors, increased boost and optimized intake and exhaust to help supply the power. Ski-Doo boasts the sound delivered by this engine “recalls a muscle car exhaust note.”
While a new engine usually dominates the news, Ski-Doo also came to market with the industry’s first ever semi-active snowmobile suspension system called Smart-Shox. This system controls both compression and rebound shock damping and “reads inputs from five different chassis sensors every millisecond, along with engine parameters and vehicle speed to adjust damping as needed based on the rider’s choice of three available on-the-fly settings,” Ski-Doo says in a release. “Shock adjustments are a thing of the past as automatic control of chassis roll, landings, anti-bottoming, anti-dive and launch attitude just got real.”
2022 Ski-Doo Summit
The Summit is Ski-Doo’s deep powder family of mountain snowmobiles and there are some significant changes for the 2022 model year. Here are the highlights:
- New Summit Edge in-season model with short tunnel
- Summit X with Expert Package narrower ski stance
- Summit X with Expert Package reservoir protector
- One-piece lightweight hood and lightweight springs on all Summit X models
- LinQ mounts standard on tunnel (2 pair)
- New color options
Four different Summit packages are offered for 2022, all built on the REV Gen4 platform: Summit X Expert (spring only), Summit X (spring only), Summit Edge, and Summit SP.
Summit X Expert: The Expert package has a narrower ski stance that is adjustable from 33.7 to 35.4 inches. Two engine options are available – Rotax 850 E-TEC and the 850 E-TEC Turbo. Owners can also choose from four different tracks ranging from 154 x 16 x 2.5 in. to 175 x 16 x 3.0 in.
Summit X: The Summit X has the same two engine options as the Expert, but there is no 175-inch track option.
Summit Edge: This the premium in-season Summit offering. Only the naturally aspirated Rotax 850 E-TEC engine is offered, though there are four different track options available.
Summit SP: The most affordable of the Summit models, owners can choose between the Rotax 850 E-TEC or the smaller 600R E-TEC engines and three different track lengths (146, 154, 165).
2022 Ski-Doo Freeride
Only offered as a spring order model, the Freeride is for riders looking for the biggest drops and deepest snow. There is only one model offered, but you can choose either the Rotax 850 E-TEC or the 850 E-TEC Turbo engine and multiple track options. Here is what is new for 2022:
- New Arctic Desert color scheme
- SHOT starter standard on most configurations
- Electric starter in Low Altitude Calibration with 2.5-in. lug only
- 146-inch model in Low Altitude Calibration only
- 165-inch model with 2.5-inch lug in Low Altitude Calibration only
- Standard LinQ attachments
2022 Ski-Doo Backcountry
The Backcountry is Ski-Doo’s 50/50 crossover line of snowmobiles that are equally at home on the trail or off. Three Backcountry engine options are available: Rotax 850 E-TEC, 600R E-TEC, or 600 EFI. Here is what is new for 2022:
- LinQ mounts installed at factory
- Cobra 1.35 in. and PowderMax 2in. track choices in Sport package
- Ultimate Black coloration with side panel wraps on X-RS package
- New colorations
Four different Backcountry packages are up for grabs, all built on the REV Gen4 platform: X-RS (spring only), X-package (spring only), Backcountry, and Backcountry Sport.
Backcountry X-RS: X-RS owners can choose between a 146- or 154-inch track spun around the uncoupled cMotion rear suspension with one of three lug heights (1.6, 2,0, or 2.5 in.). Only the 850 E-TEC engine is offered in this package.
Backcountry X: Like the X-RS, the Backcountry X is only available with the 850 E-TEC engine, but there are both PowderMax and Ice Cobra track options offered.
Backcountry: Backcountry owners can choose between the 850 E-TEC or 600R E-TEC engines. The only available track is the 15 x 146 x 1.6 in. Cobra.
Backcountry Sport: The entry level Backcountry Sport is powered by the 600 EFI engine that delivers 85 horsepower and rides on a 15 x 146 x 1.35 in. Cobra track.
2022 Ski-Doo Renegade
The Renegade is another crossover snowmobile family from Ski-Doo, but one a little more comfortable on groomed trails than the Backcountry. The Backcountry has an army of two-stroke and four-stroke engine choices. Here is what is new with the Renegade for 2022:
- Smart-Shox option on Renegade X-RS
- rMotion X rear suspension expands to Adrenaline and Enduro
- RAS X front suspension expands to Adrenaline and Enduro
- Pilot X Ski expands to Adrenaline
- Pilot TX now standard on Enduro
- Large Panoramic 7.8-inch wide LCD Color display standard on Enduro
- Rotax 900 ACE Turbo R option with Cable iTC
- Rotax 900 ACE Turbo 130 horse power option
- Push Button Reverse all Rotax 900 ACE Turbo R equipped sleds
- X-RS Competition Package with 600R E-TEC
- LinQ mounts on tunnel
Five Renegade packages are available for 2022, all built on the REV Gen4 platform: X-RS (spring only), X-package (spring only), Enduro, Adrenaline, and Sport.
Renegade X-RS: Three engine options are offered on the Renegade X-RS – the Rotax 850 E-TEC, 900 ACE Turbo R, or 600R E-TEC (competition package only). The new Smart-Shox are available on the X-RS
Renegade X: The Renegade X has the same three engine options as the X-RS, but Smart-Shox are not available on this model.
Renegade Enduro: Five engines are offered in the Enduro package – 850 E-Tec, 600R E-TEC, 900 ACE, 900 ACE Turbo, and 900 ACE Turbo R.
Renegade Adrenaline: This is Ski-Doo’s best selling model and it can be outfitted with the same five engine choices as the Enduro.
Renegade Sport: While all the other Renegade models benefit from the premium rMotion X rear suspension and RAS X front suspension, the entry level Renegade Sport relies on the SC-5M rear and RAS 3 front suspensions. As for power, buyers can choose between the 600 ACE 4-stroke or 600 EFI 2-stroke engines.
2022 Ski-Doo MXZ
The MXZ is designed for high-performance trail riders who aren’t afraid of blasting over some chop. A total of three different two-stroke engines are available – 850 E-TEC, 600R E-TEC, and 600 EFI. Here’s what’s new for 2022:
- Smart-Shox available on X-RS with 850 E-TEC
- rMotion X rear suspension expands to TNT models
- RAS X front suspension expands to TNT models
- Pilot X ski expands to TNT models
- LinQ mounts installed on tunnel
Four MXZ packages are available, all of which benefit from the REV Gen4 platform: X-RS (spring only), X (spring only), TNT, and Sport.
MXZ X-RS: The X-RS is aimed at hardcore rough trail riders and is offered with either the 850 E-TEC or 600R E-TEC engines.
MXZ X: The same Rotax E-TEC engines offered in the X-RS are available in the X package. It comes with the 129-inch RipSaw track with 1.25 in. lugs, but two spring only tracks are also offered.
MXZ TNT: The same 850 and 600R E-TEC engines are the options on the MXZ TNT and it comes with the 15 x 129 x 1.25 Ice Ripper XT track.
MXZ Sport: The Sport model drops the rMotion X and RAS Suspension of its big brothers in favor of the SC-5M rear and RAS 3 front suspensions. The Rotax 600 EFI is the only engine offered in the Sport package.
2022 Ski-Doo Skandic
Ski-Doo likens the Skantic lineup to a pickup truck. These sleds are designed to go anywhere with an appetite for work. These Sport-Utility snowmobiles feature durable telescopic front suspensions, a wide and flat belly pan for extra flotation, deep keel Pilot 7.4 skis, and SC-5U rear suspension. Two different two-stroke and two four-stroke engine options are available. These sleds are unchanged for 2022.
A total of three Skandic packages are being offered: SWT, WT, and Sport.
Skandic SWT: Offering the widest track in the industry (24 x 154 x 1.5 in.), the SWT is the flotation king. You can out fit the SWT with either the 600R E-TEC two-stroke or 900 ACE four-stroke engines.
Skandic WT: The middle child of the Skandic family rides on a 20 x 154 x 1.5 in. Cobra WT track and can accommodate any of the four available engines: 600R E-TEC, 600 EFI, 900 ACE, or 600 ACE.
Skandic Sport: The Skandic Sport relies on a 20 x 154 x 1.5 in. Utility WT track and is powered by the 600 EFI four-stroke engine.
2022 Ski-Doo Tundra
The Tundra is Ski-Doo’s lightweight and affordable sport-utility family. Like the Skandic, every Tundra model relies on telescopic front suspension that should provide years of hassle-free performance. Power options include the Rotax 600 EFI two-stroke or ACE 600 four-stroke engines. These sleds are unchanged for 2022.
Two Tundra options are offered for the upcoming model year: Tundra LT and Tundra Sport.
Tundra LT: Designed for fun off-trail performance and deep snow ability, the Tundra LT can outfit either of the abovementioned engine choices and has a narrow 32-inch ski stance. It rides on a 154-inch Charger track with 1.5-inch lugs.
Tundra Sport: The affordable and capable Tundra Sport also gets its choice of either engine option and relies on the cMotion 146-inch crossover rear suspension while riding on a 16-inch wide Cobra track with 1.6-inch lugs.
2022 Ski-Doo Expedition
The Ski-Doo Expedition family was designed to offer users a two-up work sled that also likes to play. A whopping six engine choices are available for this versatile platform. These sleds are unchanged for 2022.
Five different Expedition packages are being offered for 2022: Xtreme, SE (spring only), LE, SWT, and Sport.
Expedition Xtreme: The king of the Expedition family, the Xtreme is powered by the 850 E-TEC engine and has the same shock packages as the sporty Renegade X and MXZ X packages. It rides on a large 20 x 154 x 1.8 in. track.
Expedition SE: The Expedition SE can be outfitted with either a 20 x 154 x 1.5 in. track or a 20 x 154 x 1.8 in. track. Power options include the 600R E-TEC, 900 ACE or 900 ACE Turbo engines. It also benefits from air-controlled suspension and a forward adjustable riser.
Expedition LE: The LE shares much in common with the SE, including the same three engine choices. It is equipped with a 20 x 154 x 1.5 in. track
Expedition SWT: The SWT takes flotation to the next level with an enormous 24 x 154 x 1.5 in. Silent Cobra SWT track. Three engines are offered for this package – 600R E-TEC, 900 ACE or 900 ACE Turbo.
Expedition Sport: The value-focused Expedition option, the Sport can be powered by the Rotax 900 ACE, 600 ACE or 600 EFI engines and it rides on a 16 x 154 x 1.5 in. Charger track.
2022 Ski-Doo Grand Touring
The Grand Touring family is all about two-up touring performance in comfort and luxury. BRP’s lineup of Rotax four-stroke engines offers power, including the 600 ACE, 900 ACE, 900 ACE Turbo, and 900 ACE Turbo R. Here’s what’s new for 2022:
- Engine choices – 900 ACE Turbo R and 900 ACE Turbo
- rMotion X and RAS X Suspensions on Limited
- Luxury Package available on Limited
Only two 2022 Ski-Doo Grand Touring packages are being offered: Limited and Sport.
Grand Touring Limited: Ski-Doo’s ultimate touring sled, the Grand Touring Limited can be powered by any of the 900 ACE four-stroke engines. It comes standard with wide panels to deflect wind, tall windshield, heated driver and passenger seats, and air-controlled suspension. A Luxury package is available.
Grand Touring Sport: A more affordable two-up touring sled, the Grand Touring Sport gets its power from either the 600 ACE or 900 ACE naturally aspirated engines.