After back in November, it announced the availability of the Pioneer 500 and 520, Honda now completes the picture by saying the 1000 and 700 will return as well, with improvements where improvements were due.
“When it comes to rec/utility side-by-sides, Honda has the needs of every powersports customer covered,” said in a statement Brandon Wilson, American Honda Manager of Sports & Experiential.
“The Pioneer 1000 is the most technology-laden flagship rec/utility platform on the market, and it’s even better now, thanks to important upgrades. Best of all, the new Trail and Forest versions deliver even more enjoyment for customers seeking specific experiences. Add in the returning Pioneer 700, plus the previously announced Pioneer 520 and 500, and you have an unbeatable lineup. For 2022, life is even better side-by-side.”
The Pioneer 1000 will be available in Trail, Forest, Deluxe and EPS versions, the first meant for “dynamic outdoor excursions with family and friends,” and the second ideal for hunting and fishing trips. All come in either three- or five-people configuration, making for a very extensive lineup to choose from.
Pricing for the upcoming range starts at $16,699 for the 1000 EPS and can go as high as $21,499 for the Trail and Forest variants meant for five people. All refreshed Pioneer 1000 models should be available in dealership as soon as next month.
The 700, on the other hand, is much cheaper than any of the 1000 members, selling for $11,099 for the standard version.
Polaris isn’t simply paying lip service when it talks about the future of electrification in powersports. The Minnesota-based leader in powersports vehicles has already unveiled its first next-gen electric UTV and now has shown off several test vehicles for electric Polaris ATVs, side-by-sides, and snowmobiles.
Last year was full of carefully titrated leaks and teasers surrounding the highly anticipated all-new electric RANGER UTV from Polaris.
The work was made possible through a partnership with Zero Motorcycles that saw Zero’s electric powertrain combined with Polaris’s vehicle expertise and is expected to result in even more models in the future.
Unveiled in December as the new RANGER XP Kinetic, the new model was described by Polaris as the most powerful UTV on the market, gas or electric. Polaris is set to begin deliveries this year after the new EV sold out within hours of its launch.
Polaris certainly sees electrification as part of its growth strategy, as the company explained:
We listen and learn directly from our customers to deliver high-quality products, experiences, and services that matter most to them. While innovation has been part of our DNA from the beginning, our electrification and connected vehicle initiatives represent an incredible opportunity to exceed customers’ expectations in powersports and the recent launch of the Ranger XP Kinetic is the first example of how we plan to lead in these areas.
But the company isn’t stopping there. At a recent investor meeting, Polaris revealed additional images of electric test vehicles that could represent the next stage in electrification at Polaris.
Despite making it clear that these were test vehicles and “not vehicles that Polaris has committed to bring to market at this time,” it’s quite obvious that Polaris is at least keenly interested in exploring the direction.