6-speed powershift and ‘more comfort’ from McCormick
McCormick X7 Series tractors can now be specified with a new P6-Drive transmission (with more powershift ratios); these tractors also now get a package of cab refinements – to improve the driver’s lot.
An extended X7 range also now includes a more powerful X7.690 P6-Drive model. It has 205hp for draft work and up to 225hp for PTO and transport operations. Moreover, a ‘Power Plus’ engine boost now features on all X7 models.
“The McCormick X7 Series tractors have delivered excellent performance and driver comfort from the outset, but these enhancements make them even better,” said Ray Spinks, sales director and general manager at McCormick distributor AgriArgo UK.
Hydraulic performance is also uprated by the option of a new 160L/min (available in place of the 123L/min) closed-centre, load-sensing system that is fitted as standard on high-spec ‘Premium’ versions.
Inside the new ‘Premiere’ cab, the headland management system has more features and is now set up in the Data Screen Manager control centre, which also provides more transport mode information and a remote camera feed.
A re-profiled right-hand inner fender on ‘Premium’ models creates more space for the armrest console, so the seat can swivel further for an easier view to the rear.
Semi-active cab suspension
Semi-active cab suspension is a new alternative to the standard mechanical springing on X7 Series tractors. The spring rate is described as “relatively soft under normal circumstances” (for maximum comfort) but “stiffens in response to the tractor lurching over a bump or into a hollow”.
Power outputs – starting with the X7.440 at 141hp (draft work) and 150hp (PTO/transport duties) – are broadly equivalent to the preceding Pro-Drive line-up. But the 4.5L and 6.7L Betapower engines now meet Euro Stage IV / US Tier 4 Final emissions rules without any extra hardware.
“While some tractor engines are now very complex with every possible emissions control solution, Betapower engines supplied to our requirements by FPT have just AdBlue injection and an oxidation catalyst,” explained Spinks.
“The lack of a particulates filter is especially welcome, because it means there are no delays or fuel being burned while the filter cleans itself, and no additional servicing requirements.
So, on emissions, it is business as usual.
Things are different in the power transmission department, however. The new ZF ‘Terramatic’ transaxle provides an increase in the number of powershift ratios.
Two transmission versions are available – a 30F 15R unit with a six-speed powershift; and a creep version that adds lower speeds for specialist applications.
The new Smart APS feature can be selected to automatically sustain the operator’s required engine speed, by shifting powershift and range gears as necessary.
“This is ideal for loader work and for negotiating road junctions,” said Spinks. “Stop&Action also ensures mechanical sympathy for the drive-train and is more comfortable for the driver.”
Five of the seven models in the latest McCormick X7 Series can have the VT-Drive stepless transmission for “seamless acceleration, ultra-fine speed control, optimum power-train management strategies for different applications, and a smooth, easy driving experience for the operator”.