Case IH shows new flagship Magnum

Case IH’s new AFS Connect Magnums have not yet officially been launched on this side of the Atlantic, but in North America a new powershift flagship has already been added to the new Magnum family.

by Steven Vale

28 Aug 2019

On display at this week’s Farm Progress Show, in common with other models in the new line up, the tractor gains a redesigned cab, new AFS Vision Pro operating system, AFS Pro 1200 display, and automated brake assisted steering.

The new top model differs in two main departments – the engine and transmission. The 8.7 litre six-pot FPT Cursor 9 is the same as that used in the Magnum 380 CVX which also peaks at 435hp, but the rated power is up from 380hp in the Magnum 380 to 400hp in the Magnum 400.

Up until now the biggest Magnum model could only be bought with a stepless CVX box, but the new 400 has an upgraded 21Fx5R powershift meaning more ratios than the 19F/4R powershift used in the smaller Magnum models.

Case IH says that the new tranny puts down a constant 435hp (1,800rpm) peak to the ground with a 10% power growth in both wheeled and Rowtrac configurations. The transmission features lower speeds in first gear, and the wheeled tractor reaches it maximum speed of 50km/hr (30mph) on the road at a reduced engine speed.

“This is a high-horsepower tractor for demanding tillage and high-speed planting applications,” said Jay Barth, Case IH high-horsepower marketing manager.

In North America, the Magnum AFS Connect 400 is available for pre-ordering later this year for deliveries summer 2020. It is not yet known which of the new Magnum tractors will be at Case IH’s international press conference in Europe next week, but our tip is to expect to see the new 400hp tractor at Agritechnica in November.

In the meantime, there is a detailed report on many of the new features of the new CVX 380 Magnum in the October issue of profi which is out this week.

Main picture: Chad E. Colby