A new top-of-the-range model, the Jaguar 990, is at the forefront of a number of updates and new features available across the 900 and 800 ranges for next year.

Tweaks include the adoption of the latest Cebis touchscreen based control concept across the whole Jaguar range, plus a change to more powerful Stage 5 engines for the 900 model, a new additive system and a 42-knife chopping cylinder, plus the availability of dynamic steering.

For 2020, all Jaguar 900s get Stage 5 engines with more power and torque, but the Jaguar 800s continue to be powered by Stage 4 compliant engines, with the move to Stage 5 coming in time for next year's maize harvest.

The new range-topping Jaguar 990 is powered by a 925hp 24-litre MAN V12 – an 850hp version of the same engine will also be used in the Jaguar 980. Meanwhile, the 970 moves to a new 16-litre MAN D4276 straight six of 790hp.

Claas said that with a displacement of almost three litres per cylinder, this promises a stable power curve with sustained torque, giving the 970 the best figures in its class with regard to fuel consumption per tonne of harvested material. The power output of the 960 and 940 models has also increased.

The new 800 series also gets an updated hydrostatic ground drive giving the machine more pulling power both in the field and on the road. There is also a new optional wider rear tyre, the 620/55 R26 for better traction and reduced compaction.

Operators of the 900s will welcome the new touch screen Cebis terminal for fast and easy access to all machine functions, but again the 800s will get this feature next autumn.

Drivers will now have four options for setting up and adjusting their Jaguar – a simple tap on the touchscreen and the new Cebis terminal reacts by providing direct access to all machine functions; seven settings can be programmed as favourites and accessed by rocker switches on the now standard CMotion control lever; using Cebis' rotary/push switch and push-button' and direct adjustment via switches in the armrest.

A major benefit of the new armrest and CMotion lever is that it will be possible to adjust the machine on the move from the joystick using the new 'favourite' settings, for things like adjusting the roller crop press, spout up and down, cruise control and stubble height.

Depending on preferences, from its normal position in the operator's field of vision the screen can be pivoted to the right, next to the armrest, making it easy to see the entire front attachment.

The dynamic steering option on the 900 range, allows drivers to reduce the number of turns to go from lock-to-lock under field conditions, but above 20 km/h, for the sake of safe driving at higher speeds, the full number of steering wheel turns is available again. It's all activated in Cebis and it’s possible to adjust the steering wheel turns required at any time.

Filtering down from the Lexion combine range, Cemos Automatic – which allows a selected target engine speed and adjusts crop flow by forward speed while adjusting the engine horsepower to what is required – which can increase productivity and reduce fuel use is also available on the Jaguar 900 range.

Another new option for the big three Jaguars, the 990/980/970 models, is a 42-blade V-Max chopping cylinder, which gives a cutting frequency of 25,200 cuts/min. This is designed to up throughput and provide top-quality chopped material at chop lengths from 3.5-12.5 mm. A longer chop length is possible with just 14 blades fitted.

The feeder housing has been revised for added reliability, featuring a reinforced feed roller designed and larger wear plates on the sides of the pre-compression rollers. Maintenance is easier via simpler clamps securing the rollers.

Intelligent systems within the latest Jaguars include more precisely dosed additives from the 375-litre tank, or highly concentrated ones from the new Actiliser 37 system, which can deliver a precise dosage from 0.2-20 l/h. This has a double-wall tank to protect the silage additive concentrate from high outside temperatures, keeping the additive cool to ensure it works effectively. A flushing feature clean out the additive at the end of the day.

Optionally, there's a near infrared dry matter content sensor, which can be used as a reference for setting chop length and the amount of additive required. This can also be used to determine starch and protein levels which vary depending on the crop concerned.

These values can be printed using the optional on board printer or downloaded into a map of the field or farm. Cebis then provides operators with a clear overview of the automatic interplay between the length of cut and the silage additive dosage applied on the basis of the measured dry matter content.

Jaguar 900 and 800 range overview for 2020

Model Power (hp) Engine/exhaust Engine size/type

Jaguar 990 925 MAN/Tier 5 24.2 litre/V12

Jaguar 980 850 MAN/Tier 5 24.2 litre/V12

Jaguar 970 790 MAN/Tier 5 16.2 litre/straight 6

Jaguar 960 653 Mercedes/Tier 5 15.6 litre/straight 6

Jaguar 950 585 Mercedes/Tier 5 15.6 litre/straight 6

Jaguar 940 530 Mercedes/Tier 5 12.8 litre/straight 6

Jaguar 930 462 Mercedes/Tier 5 12.8 litre/straight 6

Jaguar 880 626 Mercedes/Tier 4F 15.6 litre/straight 6

Jaguar 870 585 Mercedes/Tier 4F 15.6 litre/straight 6

Jaguar 860 516 Mercedes/Tier 4F 12.8 litre/straight 6

Jaguar 850 462 Mercedes/Tier 4F 12.8 litre/straight 6

Jaguar 840 406 Mercedes/Tier 4F 10.6 litre/straight 6