Saturday, October 21, 2017

Claas: New generation Arion 600 and 500 tractors unveiled

By WniF editors

Claas has introduced a new generation of its proven Arion 600 and 500 Series tractors featuring enhanced equipment options, a wider range of engines and many new features. These include the new CIS+ system, the new Cebis terminal, updated HexaShift and CMatic transmission functions and the ProActiv front axle suspension, newly developed by the German manufacturer.

Thanks to the CIS, new CIS+ and the new Cebis Touch, three different equipment options are now available for models in the Arion 600 and 500 ranges for the very first time. All versions are available with a HexaShift powershift transmission; alternatively, the CIS+ and Cebis versions can be supplied with the continuously variable CMatic transmission.

The CIS version has been kept deliberately simple with mechanical spool valves and the CIS display, while CIS+ comes with electronic spool valves and the CIS colour A-pillar display as standard. Both versions have the proven multifunction armrest with DriveStick to operate the transmission.

The Cebis version goes even further, featuring the fully redesigned Cebis terminal with 12-inch touch screen display and intuitive Direct Access, in addition to the CMotion multifunction control lever that can be operated using just three fingers.

Broader outputs
The power range of the Arion series has been extended upwards and downwards and now stretches from 125hp in the Arion 510 to 185, or 205hp in the Arion 660 thanks to Claas Power Management (CPM), which provides a boost of up to 20hp for transport and PTO work.

All Arion 500 models have a four-cylinder engine, while the Arion 600 tractors have six-cylinder engines. In the Arion 600 models, the engine idling speed is automatically reduced from 800 to 650 rpm when the tractor is stationary, delivering additional fuel savings.

When the brake pedal is pressed on the latest Arion models, the transmission disengages automatically – there’s no need to use the clutch pedal. This is particularly useful for clutch-intensive tasks such as front loader work.

All the engines meet the Stage IV emissions standard thanks to a combination of a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR). Despite the inclusion of an AdBlue tank, the diesel tank capacity has been increased.

The proven HexaShift six-speed powershift transmission in the new Arion has undergone further development and offers a wide range of new additional functions. These include a cruise-control function where the forward speed selected by the driver is maintained automatically at the optimum engine speed. The engine therefore operates independently of the current task and is highly fuel-efficient at all times.

The integrated Smart Stop function makes for very convenient handling. When the brake pedal is pressed, the transmission disengages automatically – there’s no need to use the clutch pedal. This reduces the driver’s workload, especially during clutch-intensive tasks such as front loader work and round baling.

The continuously variable Claas CMatic transmission in the Arion 600/500 models uses a new generation of software that incorporates many customer requirements identified under real-world conditions and further refines engine-transmission coordination.

For example, cruise control can be deactivated with the accelerator pedal, and the transmission adjusts more rapidly to the job in hand as the driver can switch between two saved engine droop values simply by pressing a button.

Proactiv front-axle suspension
All new Arion 600 and 500 models can be fitted with the new Proactiv front-axle suspension, developed by Claas. The tractor weight is optimally supported on the front axle thanks to the triangular arrangement of the two suspension cylinders that are angled outwards.

The new Proactiv front-axle suspension from Claas.

Intelligent control of the Proactiv front-axle suspension also provides active roll stabilisation on bends and reduces pitching movements during braking and acceleration. This guarantees optimum ride comfort even when driving at high speeds on roads, tracks and fields, and increases safety when driving with heavy implements attached as it prevents the tractor/machine combination from bouncing.

Another new feature available on the Arion 600/500 is the Claas Dynamic Steering system. This allows the driver to change the number of turns of the steering wheel needed to achieve the same steering lock and adjust the steering to the current task, simply by pressing a button.

Adjustment takes place in two different automatic programs, each with two levels, and a manual program with four intensity levels. This makes handling much faster and easier, especially during steering-intensive work, such as when using the front loader or when turning at the headland.

All models are available with an updated range of cabs. Each version offers the same generous amount of space, a continuous front window and optimum visibility, including a good view of wide implements at the rear.

The new Arion models are available with a choice of a four- or five-pillar cab.

Customers can also choose between the familiar five-pillar cab, or a four-pillar cab with a uninterrupted field of vision to the driver’s left. The four-pillar cab is already in use on the larger Axion 900 and 800 models.

The new Arion 600/500 series are available for the first time with the electronic Parklock parking brake on the Revershift shuttle lever. If the driver leaves the seat without engaging the Parklock, the parking brake on the tractor and any attached implements/trailers is automatically activated .

In addition to the 110 lit/min load sensing system, there’s now the option of a new high-output 150 lit/min system. For the Arion 630 models and above, 42-inch rims and a maximum tyre diameter of 1.95m are also now available, allowing a greater contact area.

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