The transformation of the McCormick tractor range shifted up a gear at the Cereals Event where two new ranges were under the spotlight.McCormick distributor AgriArgo UK launched the all-new McCormick X4 series, a small-size tractor with a big spec sheet reflecting the wide choice of transmissions available for the 90-107hp machines; and showed the all-new X7 Pro Drive high-end arable tractors at the Cereals Event for the first time.“We have a big story to tell the arable sector with our new tractors and the Cereals Event was the place to do that,” says Ray Spinks, general manager and sales director at AgriArgo UK. “With the new McCormick X4 Synchro and Power Shuttle, and the X7 Pro Drive tractors joining the X50 range, we’re well underway with the introduction of up to eight new product lines over the next two to three years.”
McCormick X4 seriesThe McCormick X4 series represents a new product category for the marque, being a light-weight tractor with a big heart.“It’s an all-new design with a remarkable choice of eight individual transmission configurations to suit every application,” notes McCormick product specialist, Paul Wade. “Together with standard or high-flow hydraulics, different pto configurations and a new cab providing spacious and stylish accommodation for the operator, the X4 represents an attractive, modern package.”Three models will be available initially and all feature Deutz engines for the first time in a McCormick. The compact four-cylinder diesel is tuned for rated speed outputs of 85hp, 95hp and 102hp, growing to peak at 90hp, 99hp and 107hp for lively performance with great economy as engine revs are pulled down under load.In the transmission department, there is a choice of easy-shifting synchro shuttle or fingertip-shifting power shuttle and 12x12 or 24x24 with Hi-Lo gear arrangements. An over-drive option gives 40kph at reduced revs to save fuel.A creep gearbox provides 16x16 and 32x32 speeds with extra-low ratios for specialist field tasks, and there are standard and ‘eco’ versions of the two-speed pto, plus optional ground speed drive.The Standard and Hi-Flow gear pump hydraulics, with 44- and 57-litre/min outputs, are supplemented by a dedicated 32-litre/min steering pump for a McCormick front axle that can have built-in brakes for added security during road travel. Hydraulic lift capacity is 2900kg standard, 3200kg with assister rams.McCormick X7 seriesThe all-new McCormick X7 Pro Drive tractors will also make their Cereals Event debut having generated great interest amongst farmers as demonstration units have arrived at dealers over the past few weeks.The range represents an important shift in design, specification and technology for the marque, which is particularly evident in the new Premiere cab where modern electronic controls meet the expectations of drivers wanting fingertip operation of important functions.The range comprises a trio of four and six-cylinder models with power outputs starting with 131hp at rated speed, 143hp max from the X7.440 Pro Drive climbing to 188hp draft max and 212hp pto max from the X7.680 Pro Drive.All have a 24x24-speed transmission as standard – 40x40 with creep – with Auto-shifting and other automated control features available.Cab suspension and the popular McCormick independent front axle suspension are also available, together with 50kph and air trailer braking for safe and secure road transport.