The new Polaris Xpedition Side-By-Side 2024 takes landing to a new level (2023)

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While they may seem commonplace today, it's easy for us to forget that the entire sports market is only ten years old. The transition from repurposed commercial vehicles has begunon the 2014 Polaris RZR XPizand from there the market exploded. Now, shortly after launchall-new 2024 RZR XPPolaris does it again, introducing not only an all-new vehicle, but also redefining the segmentPolaris Xpedition 2024.

Who is the trip for?

Aimed rightlovers of land adventuresThe 2024 Polaris Xpedition combines the best attributes of sport with those of the commercial vehicle market to create a vehicle that is truly unique. When it comes to comparing sport and performance, the driving experience itself was the focus. In contrast, the development of the Xpedition focused on creating a vehicle that was not only fun to drive, but also made it easier to go further off the grid, into the country, and take enough men and supplies for the journey.

Polaris Xpedition allows riders to tackle the toughest terrain with adaptability, customization and a wide range of accessories at the helm. Xpedition is packed with the latest technology; plenty of comfort and convenience features; and is easily expandable to suit any adventure that awaits it. Sounds familiar? This almost perfectly describes the crowd on land.

Off-road power and performance

At the heart of the 2024 Polaris Xpedition is the new 999cc ProStar 1000 Gen 2 twin engine. Producing 114 horsepower, it is the same engine that debuted in the new one2024 Polaris RZR XP. The Xpedition also boasts the industry's largest fuel capacity of 12.5 gallons for a range of over 200 miles (under the right conditions, of course). Power is routed through a CVT transmission, with high and low gears, and to the on-demand all-wheel drive system.

The Xpedition uses Fox Podium QS3 shocks with Position Sensitive Spiral technology, measuring 2.0 inches at the front and 2.5 inches at the rear. The vehicle is equipped with 30-inch ProArmor Crawler XP tires and has a segment-leading 14-inch ground clearance. Wheel travel is 14 inches at the front and 15 inches at the rear. With tires positioned as far away from corners as possible, the vehicle boasts better approach and departure angles than any other land vehicle on the market. The high-mounted air intakes and sealed electronics ensure riders can tackle any trail with confidence that the electrical system will stay dry and the engine, clutches and belt will still receive the required airflow.

Xpedition XP vs. ADV — Premium vs. Ultimate vs. NorthStar

Polaris Xpedition 2024 should be available in two models: XP and ADV. While the basic mechanics are the same for both models, each has a few differences that will appeal to different users. The Xpedition ADV models feature a fully covered rear cargo bed offering 36 and 63 inches (on 2 and 5 seat models respectively) of flat cargo space. XP models have an open cargo bed for unloading that measures 30 inches. Inside, the 5-seater ADV models have a folding feature, while the XP models have a 60/40 split rear seat that quickly converts to extra storage space. Both models have a 48" wide bed with 16" high sides.

In addition to several models, the 2024 Polaris Xpedition will be available in three trim packages: Premium, Ultimate and NorthStar. Building on the vehicle's core feature set, the Premium trim features a 4.3-inch color display and JBL TrailPro 2000 audio system along with a 660W stator charging system. Ultimate models feature a 7-inch Polaris color touchscreen, supported by RideCommand. The charging system has been upgraded to a 900W system, and the JBL TrailPro 4100 surround sound system is equipped with a 400W amplifier and a 10-inch subwoofer. Front and rear camera; tilting and telescopic steering; in addition, a padded center console and winch with automatic stop complete the equipment. Completing the range is top-of-the-line NorthStar equipment, which includes everything from the Ultimate model with its fully enclosed cab; HVAC with temperature and zone control; full lockable doors with power windows; opening glass windshield; and Ride Command+.

Comfort for all seasons

One of the biggest disadvantages of sideways driving is exposure to the weather. The 2024 Polaris Xpedition features the optional Pro Shield cabin system, which is the company's most integrated and sealed cabin to date (don't make us startleaky cabins). NorthStar models feature a heating and air conditioning system with adjustable control modes that allow drivers to set and direct airflow to ensure cabin comfort in both hot and cold conditions. In fact, the Xpedition NorthStar is the only sporty model to offer a standard HVAC system. Combined with power windows and a sliding windshield, drivers can still enjoy the fresh air from the comfort of an enclosed cabin.

Adaptable to any adventure

Polaris Xpedition 2024 has a flat roof, allowing for the addition of over 100 all-new adventure-oriented accessories. These include the Rhino-Rack Roof Rack, Polaris Roof Tent, Kayak Carrier, Fishing Rod Holders, Maxtrax Tow Boards, LED Light Bars, Bed Racks, Spare Tire Racks and much more. In addition, the Xpedicia has a flat interior floor and a large rear storage compartment. Five-seat models offer modular rear seats for even more storage options. And the Xpedition will be the first Polaris vehicle to debut with the company's new Lock & Ride MAX loading system.

To help owners equip their new Xpedition vehicles, Polaris offers five collections of rider-inspired accessories. Built for a variety of outdoor activities inclOn land,Kayak,Too,Love, IUtility. Luggage storage has never been easier with the available vehicles with locking doors, center console and rear rack. And if need be, the Xpedition is equipped with a 4,500-pound Polaris HD winch.

How much does Polaris Xpedition cost?

The Polaris Xpedition XP and ADV 2024 models are available in configurations for two or five passengers and in three trim levels: Premium, Ultimate and NorthStar. The base premium XP version will start at just $28,999. The mid-range Ultimate XP adds $3,000 and pushes the base price to $31,999. At the top tier is the fully equipped NorthStar XP, which starts at $38,999. Upgrading to the ADV model only adds $1,000 to the XP price.

It's worth noting that these prices are for the two-seater models, and prices for the larger five-seater models are not currently available. Also, at launch, Polaris says it will focus on the Ultimate and NorthStar bundles, with the base Premium version launching later in 2024.

Wait, can't I just buy a Jeep?

We know what you're thinking... and trust us, we're here for you. With a fully equipped five-seat Polaris Xpedition ADV NorthStar that's probably closer to $50,000 than it is, andJeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited z 2023 rokustarting at around $47,000 (alternatively,2023 Ford Bronco Badlandscosts about $48,000), why bother? The best answer we have is that they are different tools for different tasks.

The Xpedition will allow riders to go further down the track in less time. They are smaller, lighter and somehow more durable. And side-by-side generally costs less to own and maintain. On the downside, these vehicles are usually not street legal, so you'll need a truck and trailer to get to the start of the trail, and most states require helmets to operate (that's smart anyway). So, while the choice between a sidecar and a full-size vehicle has always been difficult, the Xpedition has made it even more complicated.

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