Although this month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is usually associated with the "geek brigade", global manufacturer John Deere chose it to launch new technology aimed at farmers and growers.
Like the lineup it succeeds, the three models offer rated power outputs of 250hp, 270hp and 300hp, all mated to the Case IH CVXDrive continuously-variable transmission.
A new cabin offers 7.5% more interior space, with improved visibility created by 11% more glass, while noise levels drop to 66 decibels, helped in part by the premium materials now lining the cab.
Inside, the all-new Multicontroller armrest incorporates a new control lever with configurable buttons. Using the new, larger AFS Pro 1200 monitor at the armrest’s front, key controls on the Multicontroller and armrest can be customised to suit operator preference and the job in hand – including the function buttons and remote valve paddle switches.
ISOBUS-compatible, the touchscreen monitor with a high-resolution screen allows the operator to monitor all primary tractor functions, but also incorporates front and rear camera feeds, alongside controls to optimise the engine, transmission, hydraulics and PTO.
The new models are now equipped as standard with the Case IH AFS Connect telematics package, already seen on the Magnum, Steiger and Quadtrac models. This gives instant, two-way data transfer between tractor and online management portal with realtime machine monitoring.
Owners can monitor the location of their tractors, fuel levels and other key management and performance data. This helps them with machine logistics or seeing if a job has been completed. As data transfer is possible both ways, job instructions, application maps and other data can also be sent remotely to the tractor from the farm office PC – via the AFS Connect web portal.
Additionally, farmers can allow dealers to view the AFS screen display in real time, letting operating data to be checked and – if required – to suggest alternative settings or warn of early signs of faults.
From the operator’s seat, lowered rear fenders improve visibility, while the four-post cab with full-length doors also aids sight lines. Night visibility can be enhanced by LED road- and work-light packages with up to 14 lights in the roof – four in the front of the cab, two on the rear fenders and six in the bonnet.
A new pressurised climate control package, with more outlets for enhanced air distribution, features auto-zone control. Meanwhile, the high-spec seat incorporates lateral suspension, full cooling and heating capabilities and an upper swivelling backrest to monitor rear implements and when reversing.