New engines, updated cab and new styling – the latest SAME Explorer and Dorado tractor ranges have received a serious makeover.
With a power rating within the popular 80hp to 120hp band, SAME believes it is now well placed to capture a significant slice of a tractor market dominated by sales of mid-power machines.
Key to the design of the new models is the introduction of a new modular engine – the Tier 4i FarMotion which has been developed and built by SDF. Available in three and four cylinder builds, cylinder capacity is 962cc which makes for a 2.9 litre 3-cylinder and a 3.9 litre 4-cylinder. A new cylinder head design improves diesel combustion and, as a result, helps to fully exploit the power potential of these engines.
Use of turbocharging and intercooling along with high pressure (2000 bar) electronically managed common rail fuel injection, enables the 3-cylinder FarMotion engine to produce an impressive 97hp and the 4-cylinder, 109hp. Exhaust emissions, which meet the Tier 4i requirements, are controlled by a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) and external exhaust gas recirculation (EGR).
The new Explorer is available in three versions: the Heavy Duty (HD) and the more compact Medium Duty (MD) and Lighter Duty (LD) versions. The three-model HD range – the 90.4, 105.4 and 115.4 which have power ratings of 88hp, 102hp and 109hp, are equipped with 4-cylinder FarMotion engines. Five models make up the MD range – a combination of 3- and 4-cylinder engines for a power band from 88hp to 109hp, and the 80hp to 100hp three-model LD range offers tractors from 75hp to 97hp, all of them using 3-cylinder engines.
There are now 11 Explorer models, each available with mechanical or powershift transmissions.
The new Dorado tractor line-up has the FarMotion engine in the 80, 90, 90.4 and 100.4 models with rated power of 75hp, 88hp, 88hp and 102hp (the 88hp is available with a 3- or 4-cylinder engine), and also in the Dorado Classic 80, 90 and 90.4 models.
For the operator there is a cab which now features more space, improved visibility and air circulation along with a better control layout. As with other recent introductions to the SAME tractor range, the new models have the Giugiaro design – external features which are both pleasing to the eye and entirely functional.
Production of the new tractors, due to commence in July, will be at SDF’s Traviglio plant in Italy.