A NEW range of McCormick higher-horsepower, stepless transmission tractors for the X7.6 Series will be launched at the forthcoming Agritechnica show by Argo Tractors.

Currently, the six-cylinder series covers power outputs from 151hp to 225hp with the P6-Drive powershift transmission available throughout and the VT-Drive stepless transmission available in two mid-models.

The new X7.6 VT-Drive line-up comprises of five models – two with similar power outputs to the current machines and three with higher power outputs peaking at 230/240hp from the new X7.624 VT-Drive.

These close the gap with the larger X8 VT-Drive machines – which range from 264hp to 310hp – and the newcomers feature a new control package with five MySwitch buttons that can be assigned different tasks by the operator.

Elements such as electric adjustment of steering wheel angle, ISOBUS implement control, McCormick Fleet Management telematics, and fully integrated GPS guidance and precision farming technologies are included in the package.

New engine hood styling matches the the X8 VT-Drive tractors and there's a new cab roof incorporating an improved array of worklights.

Beneath the hood are Euro Stage V emissions-compliant Betapower engines from FPT that continue to use only a combination of SCR and DOC exhaust treatment technologies. These engines and new styling are shared with the latest-spec' McCormick X7.6 P6-Drive tractors which will also be presented at the show.

Also being tweaked is the McCormick X6 range, which now includes the range-topping X6.55, which is powered by Deutz 3.6 litre Tier 4 Final and comes with a maximum power of 126hp. It has a choice of two drivelines, both with hydraulic reverse shuttle – 12+12 or 36+12 with HML.

It heads the X6.45 and X6.35 models of 119hp and 110hp, respectively and new options include a two-point mechanical cabin suspension, the availability of a suspended front axle and the predisposition for the innovative ISOBUS and satellite driver assistance systems.