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2015 Polaris Ranger Diesel Side-By-Side

Side-By-Side Off-Roading Is More Fun With Diesel Power

Dec 28, 2015
Photographers: Polaris Industries, Courtesy of Kohler Engines
Side-by-side UTVs (utility task vehicles) have exploded in popularity during the past few years, and you can get the ’15 Polaris Ranger with a diesel engine that powers all four wheels. While a three-cylinder, 1.0L engine may sound small, the Kohler KDW1003 packs enough punch to tow up to 2,000 pounds or carry a maximum payload of 1,750 pounds. That’s more hauling capacity than most gas-powered ½-ton pickups.
Along with work capabilities, both the Ranger and Ranger Crew (which seats up to six people) have a ground clearance of 11.3 inches, which is more than 1.5 inches higher than every ¾-ton diesel pickup currently for sale. That’s in addition to 10 inches of wheel travel in both front and rear, provided by fully independent double-wishbone suspension setups with coilover shocks at all four corners. The full-time four-wheel-drive system engages automatically for secure traction during work or fun, and the VersaTrac Turf Mode function allows the driver to completely unlock the rear differential for a better turning radius—and to prevent you from ripping up the grass when your right foot gets heavy.
Engine: Kohler KDW1003
Layout: I-3
Displacement: 1.0L (62.7ci)
Valvetrain: SOHC
Bore x Stroke: 3.0 x 3.1 inches (75 x 77.6 mm)
Compression Ratio: 22.8:1
Power: 24 hp
Torque: 47.2 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm
Block Material: Cast iron
Cylinder Head Material: Aluminum
Induction: Naturally aspirated
Fueling: Mechanical indirect injection
Emissions: Tier 4 compliant
Engine Weight: 264.5 pounds
Weights and Capacities
Curb Weight: 1,690 pounds
Payload Capacity: 1,750 pounds
Trailer Tow Rating: 2,000 pounds
Rear Rack or Box Capacity: 1,000 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 10 gallons
Transmission: Automatic Polaris Variable Transmission (PVT)
Drive System: Full-time four-wheel drive with unlocked VersaTrac Turf Mode
Front Suspension: Dual A-arms with coilover shocks and 10.0 inches of travel
Rear Suspension: Dual A-arms with coilover shocks and 10.0 inches of travel
Brakes: Four-wheel discs, parking brake, and transmission park
Tires and Wheels
Front: 26x9-12 Carlisle AT489 tires
Rear: 26x11-12 Carlisle AT489 tires
Wheels: 12-inch stamped steel
Wheelbase: 113.0 inches
Length: 148.5 inches
Width: 61.0 inches
Height: 76.0 inches
Ground Clearance: 11.3 inches
Bed Length: 36.5 inches
Bed Width: 54.0 inches
Bed Height: 11.5 inches
Seating capacity: Up to 6 people
Photo 2/4   |   001 Kohler KDW1003 3 Cylinder Diesel Engine Polaris Ranger
The 1.0L three-cylinder Kohler KDW1003 diesel engine uses tried-and-true technology to power the Polaris Ranger side-by-side utility task vehicle (UTV). The non-turbocharged, indirect-injection engine has pre-combustion chambers and uses a single overhead camshaft for linear power delivery with minimal noise.
Photo 3/4   |   002 Polaris Ranger Diesel Side By Side UTV
With the assistance of diesel power, the ’15 Polaris Ranger is capable of towing up to 2,000 pounds and has a massive maximum payload of 1,750 pounds—that’s more than some gas-powered ½-ton trucks!
Photo 4/4   |   003 Polaris Ranger Crew Diesel Side By Side UTV
The ’15 Polaris Ranger Crew has the seating capacity to take up to six people on four-wheel-drive diesel adventures.


Polaris Industries
Medina, MN 55340
Kohler Engines