Claas to launch new Xerion tractors at Agritechnica 2013

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Claas is launching its newly enhanced Xerion series at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany

Claas to launch new Xerion tractors at Agritechnica 2013
Claas's enhanced Xerion tractor series will make its debut on the world stage through premier agricultural show Agritechnica in Germany.

With over 500 horsepower, the new Claas Xerion 4000, 4500 and 5000 series is one of the world's most powerful tractors.

Just in time for leading agriculture equipment show Agritechnica in Germany, Claas says its flagship large tractor series has been given a new engine, a new look and greater comfort.

The revised line, comprising the 530hp 5000, 490hp 4500 and 435hp 4000, replaces the smaller 3300 and 3800 machines which had been dropped two years ago.

Along with heavy cultivation, slurry and digestate distribution the re-furbished Xerion series can now count silage clamp use and other specialist functions  such as wood chipping and mulching among its applications.

The Xerion’s new Mercedes Benz six-cylinder engine uses SCR catalytic converter technology to meet the Stage IV (Tier 4) exhaust gas purification standard.

A common-rail engine, it achieves maximum torque at as low as 1300 rpm and remaisn torque-stable over a wide engine speed range, which is of particular benefit to users in high-traction applications.

While the Xerion 4000 features an 11-litre cubic capacity under its hood, the larger two share the same 13-litre 12.8 engine.

A hydraulically-driven reversible fan with automatic speed adjustment works via a number of input factors, including coolant and hydraulic or transmission oil temperature, to engage only when necessary.

All three new models utilise the company’s TRAC concept (centrally-positioned fixed cab) and com in Trac VC (rotating cab) versions. The 4000 can also be had in Saddle Trac (forward-mounted fixed cab) configuration.

Transmission is delivered using either the ZF Eccom 4.5 or the Eccom 5.0 which each perform different functions.

The ZF Eccom 4.5 covers driving forwards and in reverse with full power and full speed both available.

PTO coupling is standard and an optional high output hydraulic circuit can provids an additional 90 kW of power if required.

With a reverse speed of 30kph, the ZF Eccom 5.0 transmission is nevertheless more cost effective being around 700 kg lighter and available with or without PTO coupling.

Another new feature of the XERION series is the cross bracing between the side members of the chassis, which is now bolted on rather than welded.

This increases the load-bearing capacity of the chassis when used with heavy slurry tanks and implements.

Claas says although its large dimensions have not changed, the new Xerion now works in a more streamlined and dynamic way.

Relocation of the exhaust pipe from the driver's field of vision to the right-hand side underneath the cab is particularly notable.

The Xerion 4000, 4500 and 5000 series also boast new developments in Efficient Agriculture Systems (EASY) along with a CEBIS control terminal, a CMOTION ground speed joystick, ISOBUS compatibility and a TELEMATICS connection.

The new Xerion is available from January 2014, January 2015 in Australia.

Agritechnica, the world's largest agricultural machinery exzhibition, will be held in Hanover, Germany from November 12-16.

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