Operators who need a tractor of only modest size and power but who also want the latest mechanical and electronic features for performance, comfort and versatility will find the newly-introduced Deutz-Fahr 5D TTV tractors ticking a lot of boxes.

There are three models with power outputs from 88hp to 113hp and all are equipped with a slick continuously variable transmission said to operate with a high degree of efficiency to minimise power losses.

And being TTV models, the newcomers also come with a comprehensive list of either standard or optional systems and equipment, including independent front axle suspension, a ‘lightly’ suspended cab as standard, multiple front and rear power take-off configurations, and a choice of hydraulic packages.

The Deutz-Fahr range already features 5D Series tractors but equipped with manual gearboxes; the base specification 5D Ecoline models have power outputs of 75hp and 88hp from a 2.9-litre three-cylinder engine in the SDF Group’s FarMotion diesel family, with a 3.9-litre four-cylinder version also giving 88hp suiting operating wanting a bit more front end weight.

These are equipped with a synchro shuttle 10 x 10, or 30 x 15 creep transmission, while equivalent LS/GS models can have a power shuttle added to the 30 x 15 creep and 45 x 45 creep options, the latter also coming with three-speed powershift. The power shuttle version is then standard on the 5100.4 GS, which has a 102hp version of the four-cylinder engine that also features in the new 5D TTV line-up.

All these power units are currently equipped to meet only EU Stage IIIB emissions standards, so there is no need for AdBlue injection or a soot filter – but that is only while stocks last because manufacturers exploiting derogations will soon have to switch wholly to more stringent Stage V rules.

The flexibility, choice of powertrain control strategies and potential for fuel savings are inherent in the SDF-developed CVT system, which combines up to 100% mechanical propulsion with hydrostatic drive for up to 40kph with only 1730kph showing on the tachometer.

There are two ‘cruise control’ speed settings for the operator to programme alongside the strategies for ‘economy’, ‘power’, pto-driven implements and road travel, while the PowerZero feature holds the tractor still on gradients.

Up front, the usual pivoting drive axle has been ditched in favour of an independent wishbone set up with dynamic stability control giving automatic ride height, adaptive damping, anti-drive under braking and anti-roll while cornering – features that are yet to be commonplace on much larger tractors.

Ride comfort should also be superior given those features and despite the cab lacking a full suspension option; but the cab is located on Deutz-Fahr ‘hydro-silent’ mounts, which instead of being solid rubber have an oil-filled cavity said to give a degree of cushioning.

Three-speed pto (540/540E/1000rpm) with electro-hydraulic ‘soft’ engagement is standard with on-off control via a button on the MaxControl armrest console or at the rear of the tractor for hitching up.

Ground speed related and front pto options are available, together with 2.88 tonne front linkage to complement the 4.3 tonne rear system motivated by either a 84-litre/min open-centre or 100-litre/min load sensing hydraulic systems.

The high-spec characteristics continue with up to five electric rear spool valves with in-cab flow rate and timing adjustment, to which up to another six spools can be added – two at the rear and up to four mid-mounts for front end equipment.

Prices start at around £84,000 for an 88hp 5090 rising to £93,000 for the 113hp 5110.4; the independent front suspension will add about £8900 to the list price.