The Craftsman CTX will make history next week as the first-ever tractor to appear at the Detroit Auto Show. The show, which starts next Monday, typically showcases the latest and greatest automobiles. The folks at Craftsman, however, feel that the CTX -- short for for "Craftsman Tractor Experience" -- boasts a number of car-like features worthy enough to share the showroom floor with automobiles.

"We are launching this new line of Craftsman tractors because homeowners with larger lawns and more rugged terrains want a durable, high-performance tractor mower to help them maintain a beautiful lawn," said Kris Malkoski, vice president and general manager of the Craftsman brand. "Because Detroit has given us great performing cars with best-in-class features, we think it is logical to bring a tractor to the Auto Show that does the same."

Just some of the many car-like features found on the CTX include automatic traction control for slippery slopes, electronic fuel management (EFM), cruise control, power steering, a cup holder, and a 12-volt adapter. The CTX also boasts electronic cutting height adjustment, quick deck removal (for easy maintenance and swapping attachments), and a 54-inch deck. The CTX is powered by a 30-hp, Briggs & Stratton engine with an 8 mph top forward speed.

The CTX line goes on sale in February 2012 at Sears. Prices will range from $2,999.99 to $6,499.99.

Source: Craftsman