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Polaris Ranger XD 1500 2024: the new industry benchmark!

For the 2024 model year, Polaris is pushing the boundaries once again. It does so by introducing the industry’s very first utility side-by-side with a 1500 cm3 3-cylinder engine. This strength is sure to give the machine even more power. It’s designed to make tough jobs easier with the industry’s only STEELDRIVE transmission. As a result, it will have greater durability.

We see the arrival of the industry’s first “extreme” utility side-by-side: the all-new Polaris RANGER XD 1500. Created for maximum productivity and efficiency, the RANGER XD 1500 sets a new benchmark for utility side-by-side. It offers unprecedented capacity, brute force and comfort.

Polaris Ranger XD 1500 2024
Polaris Ranger XD 1500 2024

Targeted Market

From the outset, Polaris communications managers make no secret of the fact that the target market is highly targeted. Farmers, owners of very large tracts of land, big-game hunters and ranchers will be the most likely to acquire this type of vehicle. In fact, it boasts the creation of a whole new category of vehicle: an Extreme Duty Side-by-Side Utility.

Polaris Ranger XD 1500 2024

A side-by-side design for the toughest jobs.

This new benchmark in the utility side-by-side category features the first ever 1500 CC ProStar 3-cylinder engine.

It delivers an industry-leading 110 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. With the only 1500 cc utility engine from any manufacturer to date, the RANGER XD 1500 2024 offers over 30% more power and over 50% more torque than the nearest competitor. 

Polaris Ranger XD 1500 2024


Details of This Top-of-the-Range Vehicle

Building on the unprecedented success of the Polaris RANGER, the best-selling side-by-side utility vehicle for over 15 years, the RANGER XD 1500 was inspired by direct feedback from customers. They were looking for ways to increase efficiency when tackling the toughest jobs. 

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1,500 Lb Cargo Box Capacity

The three-quarter-ton rear cargo capacity offers almost 50% more than existing models. It allows maximum productivity with fewer trips and higher loads. 

Polaris Ranger XD 1500 2024

3,500 Lb Towing Capacity

For those who regularly tow heavy loads on their properties, capacity is greatly enhanced. It offers almost 40% more towing productivity than existing models. 

Polaris Ranger XD 1500 2024

Industry-Leading Ground Clearance

All RANGER XD 1500 models benefit from 15 inches of ground clearance, with high-clearance arched A-arms to overcome obstacles.

Polaris Ranger XD 1500 2024

RANGER XD 1500 2024 Key Features also include. 

STEELDRIVE® Transmission

With the industry-exclusive STEELDRIVE automatic transmission. It features a 100% steel belt for smooth, precise operation. Its design is fully sealed and liquid-cooled for unsurpassed durability.

  • Maximum strength and durability. The fully sealed, liquid-cooled design provides maximum durability and longevity with less maintenance than a rubber belt.
  • Smooth, precise control. Enjoy smooth, predictable throttle engagement and precise control at low speeds. It’s an advantage when backing up to trailers, navigating rough terrain or spraying a fence line.
  • Effortless shifting, silent operation. Switching between drive, park and reverse is silent and effortless. The fully sealed design reduces operating noise for enhanced comfort.
  • Hill Assist and Descent Control. Hill Assist prevents vehicles from rolling backwards when the gas pedal is released, and brakes on uphill gradients, while Descent Control engages the transmission to maintain control when driving downhill.
STEELDRIVE Transmission
STEELDRIVE Transmission

Care and Maintenance

The RANGER XD 1500 offers the longest service intervals in the industry. This is four to six times longer than standard full-size side-by-sides, so owners can maximize their uptime.

Robust, High-Strength Steel Chassis

For added durability and strength, the RANGER XD 1500 features a one-piece high-strength steel chassis offering 160% more torsional rigidity. Designed with stamped ROPS uprights in an enclosed cab, the cab’s more homogeneous fit provides better sealing and less noise.

Polaris Ranger XD 1500 2024

4 Driving Modes

The new RANGER XD 1500 is delivered with an easy-to-use selector switch that allows you to choose from four different driving modes:

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Comfort Mode

Limits throttle response and engine braking, reducing operating noise for a quieter driving experience.

Standard Mode

Provides optimum throttle response and moderate engine braking for everyday driving situations.

Sport Mode

Maximizes throttle response and eliminates engine braking for exhilarating after-work driving.

Tow/Haul Mode

Optimizes engine torque and limits speed for heavy payloads.

Available in Three Versions

RANGER XD 1500 Premiums 2024

RANGER XD 1500 Premium 2024

The RANGER XD 1500 Premiums command great presence thanks to robust components and the industry’s largest bumper. As a result, they offer complete frontal protection. The vehicle is equipped with one of the most comprehensive standard packages in a side-by-side to date.

It includes:

  • Twenty-nine-inch tires;
  • Reclining steering and sliding seat for customizable comfort;
  • Four driving modes;
  • High-efficiency LED headlights for improved visibility and;
  • USB ports with multiple charging capacities.

The vehicle is also equipped with reinforced brakes and heavy-duty suspension to ensure performance on a variety of off-road terrains.

RANGER XD 1500 NorthStar Premium 2024

RANGER XD 1500 NorthStar Premium 2024

The second is the RANGER XD 1500 NorthStar Premium. This machine features a fully enclosed cab with HVAC and five different mode controls. It comes with lockable solid doors with electric windows and a fixed glass windscreen.

Additional Features include.

  • An electronically controlled tilt bucket for easy unloading of heavy loads.
  • An overhead control panel for easy accessoirisation.
  • A rear work light to illuminate the cargo box in low-light conditions.
  • The NorthStar Premium comes standard with 30″ Kenda® CrossTrail tires, with 32″ tires available as an option for overcoming large obstacles and difficult terrain.

RANGER XD 1500 NorthStar Ultimate 2024

RANGER XD 1500 NorthStar Ultimate 2024

Rounding out the lineup is the RANGER XD 1500 NorthStar Ultimate, which includes everything from NorthStar Premium trim, plus RIDE COMMAND-powered 7-inch infotainment screen and heated seats. It’s worth noting that this is the first utility side-by-side to leave the factory with heated seats as standard.

The NorthStar Ultimate trim also offers an immersive sound experience, with AM/FM radio complete with Bluetooth® streaming capability and industry-exclusive JBL® speakers for precise, high-end sound. Finally, the vehicle comes standard with RIDE COMMAND +, allowing you to be constantly alerted to the vehicle’s proper operation.

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Each version of the Polaris Ranger XD 1500 is available with a single or crew cab.

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To date, more than 70 accessories are available to customize the RANGER XD 1500 to suit individual needs. Whether it’s additions developed by Polaris (Lock & Ride Max) or renowned partners such as RHINO-RACK, PRO ARMOR, JBL, PRO HIELD and GLACIER PLOW SYSTEM, this vehicle will be equipped to the hilt.



This top-of-the-range vehicle is certainly not for everyone. An initial outlay of $36,199 CAN ($29,999 the US) is required for the single-cab premium version (3 seats). The NorthStar Ultimate Crew version (6 seats) requires an effort of CAN$60,499 (US$49,499).

Is it affordable for everyone? Probably not, but its purchase price should be seen as an investment and a working vehicle to make its acquisition profitable.

All in All

In conclusion, following the recent introduction of the Polaris XPEDITION, we’re not very surprised by the arrival of the RANGER XD 1500. This manufacturer seems to be constantly pushing the boundaries and is gradually becoming in a class of its own. We can’t wait to see how its closest rivals respond!

Visit the official Polaris website for full details, here.

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