Like a little brother who hit the gym and bought some new clothes, the Polaris RZR Trail and RZR Trail S models now have much more in common with its bigger brothers. Shoppers will first notice their new styling, a look which takes most of the good parts from hairier RZR models and scales them appropriately for these narrower machines. Even the least-expensive versions earn the angry lighting accents which appear on the big-boy RZR XP1000 and Turbo S. It’s a good look.
RZR Trail models ride on a 50-inch wide platform while RZR Trail S is a 60-incher. Both utilize the same 79-inch wheelbase though there are three different trim levels for each: Sport, Premium, and Ultimate.
Underneath the RZR Trail one will find 26-inch tires helping the thing tiptoe itself up to 11 inches of ground clearance. There is 10 inches of suspension travel front and rear, with ZF Twin Tube shocks on Sport and Premium models but Fox 2.0 Podiums on the Ultimate. All three models are powered by a 900-class ProStar making 75 horsepower. EPS shows up for duty on the top two trims.
Stepping up to the Trail S, look for that same Polaris engine in the Sport but Premium and Ultimate models will earn a 1000-class honker good for 100 horses. The base sport also gets those Fox 2.0 Podium shocks but the more expensive trims are shod with 2-inch Walker Evans Needle shocks, creating a size/capability combination we look forward to sampling. Ground glearance rises to 12.5 inches partially thanks to 27-inch Trail Master all-terrains designed in conjunction with 4 Wheel Parts. Suspension travel is 12.25 inches front, 13.2 inches rear.
The interior of both Trail and Trail S has been refurbished for comfort, with snazzy trims earning dandy Polaris RideCommand screens and Rockford Fosgate audio kit. New full doors are bowed to make the most out of available elbow room, while a new dash design incorporates clever storage solutions. That steering wheel has been moved down and toward the driver, binning the bus-like driving position that was one of the Trail’s most vexing irritants. The wheel’s 1.75 inches smaller in diameter, too.
The 2021 RZR Trail is priced from $13,399 and the Trail S from $15,299.
Elsewhere, the Ranger lineup gains a couple of new trims for 2021, both of which are targeted (pun intended) at hunters. The new Big Game edition does exactly what it says on the box, giving animal hunters the equipment they need to get in to (and out of) the zone for which they have their license. A generous 14 inches of ground clearance is on tap thanks to arched a-arms and 29-inch Maxxis tires. Engine braking and hill descent control will get you down over that rise to collect your animal with little trouble. A winch, bull bar, and skid plates are also handy.
The equally-new Ranger Waterfowl is similar in Polaris mechanicals but deploys a few details which make it a good match for bogs and other watery areas. Arched a-arms and tires of 29-inch diameter make for 14 inches of ground clearance and 10 inches of travel, like the Big Game version, but the rubber has tread selected for better performance in the wet stuff. There are also tall intakes, not unlike that of the High Lifter series, and a sealed electrical system ensuring drivers shouldn’t swamp the thing in reasonably tough conditions. A winch and skid plates are here as well.
Both show up for work with the brand’s 999cc 4-stroke twin making 82 horsepower. Pricing starts at just over 20 large for a 3-passenger rig and sits at $21,599 for Crew models should you want to take yer buddies.
Finally, a Sportsman 850 Ultimate Trail LE rounds out the company’s ATV portfolio for 2021. Electric power steering, 12 inches of ground clearance, and beefy 27-inch tires are a few of the highlights. Practical kit include rack extenders front and rear, plus a bit of on-board storage and a 12V outlet. The addition of a trickle-charge port is especially handy for warding away off-season battery problems. There’s also a winch and Polaris has (finally) decided to append LED lights to all three of this Sportsman’s forward-facing lamps.
Look for this lineup to begin arriving in dealerships early next month.