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.
With maximum power from 155 to 200hp, the Puma series is available in three versions – the entry level Puma 140- 165, the Puma 150 and 165 Multicontroller and the Puma CVXDrive.
A redesigned cabin entrance offers Magnum- style steps for easier access, while in-cab upgrades include a phone mount, USB power ports and a tablet mount. Interior materials have been upgraded to automotivetype cab trim and a new premium leather steering wheel.
On the Multicontroller and CVXDrive models, visibility is improved thanks to a new wider sweeping, low-mounted windscreen wiper that covers 60% more area.
For loader users, a new advanced joystick, with integral forward/ reverse shuttle and gearchanging features, will improve cycle times.
At the rear of the new models, top-link stowage is improved, hydraulic connections are more robust, and other improvements include LED marker lights and an air-line connection.
The CVXDrive models see transmission upgrades centred around improving the shuttle and acceleration/deceleration behaviour, enhancing the drive pedal and Multicontroller sensitivity. It also has an override capability added to the cruise control pedal, helping turns at the headland.
Case says the three new models will make it easier for customers to choose their ideal specification. The Selection Package, for entry level Puma 140-165 models, meets basic essential requirements.
Meanwhile the Multicontroller and CVXDrive tractors are available with Advanced and Professional packages. The Advanced package offers the most common features required for daily operations, while the Professional version is focused on AFS technology, being guidance-ready and includes the AFS Pro 700 display.
Elsewhere in the Case IH camp, the Maxxum 115-150 tractor range has also had upgrades and refinements for 2022.
At the top of the range, the six-cylinder Maxxum 150 has gained 5hp in un-boosted rated power to produce 150hp, taking it 5hp ahead of the next model in the line, the four-cylinder Maxxum 145.
Maxxum models are now available with three specification packages. Maxxum and Maxxum Multicontroller tractors can be ordered with the Selection package, a set of commonly-sold options covering most customer needs, while Maxxum, Maxxum Multicontroller and Maxxum CVXDrive tractors can be also had with the Advanced pack, a set of technology features which professional customers will appreciate for daily operations.
Lastly, Maxxum Multicontroller and Maxxum CVXDrive models can be specified with the Professional package, providing access to the latest technology features to unlock the full potential of the tractor.
Like its Puma cousin, a redesigned cab entrance with Magnum-style steps offers better access, while upgrades include a phone mount, USB power ports and a tablet mount. Also, look out for better visibility, a premium leather steering wheel and new advanced joystick options. On Maxxum CVXDrive models, transmission operation includes ‘clever’ CVT operating features around improved shuttle and acceleration/deceleration response with other upgrades – much like its larger cousin.