Fendt has extended its VarioDrive concept further down the power range with a totally new four-cylinder range, the Vario 600. This is four model line-up of 149hp to 209hp (boosting to a maximum 164hp to 224hp) all of which use a 5.0-litre, Agco Power Core 50 motor partnered with a TA150 transmission. This uses the same format as the 700 Gen 7 introduced last year.

It also uses the low engine speed arrangement that Fendt has been introducing on the larger models. Max torque in the biggest model, the 620 is 950Nm between 1,200 and 1,600rpm. The Finnish built engine uses SCR, DOC and DPF for Stage V, and like the FPT engine in CNH tractors it doesn’t use any EGR. The Core 50 engine can be run on HVO.

Top speed for the Vario 600 is 50km/hr which is possible at just 1,350rpm. Drive to the front axle is separate to the back and to minimise the turning circle to 10.5m the front wheels (540/65 R30) can be sped up to effectively pull the tractor around, a bit like how Japanese brands such as Kubota and Iseki have done albeit in a slightly different power bracket.

One commendable feature of the Vario 600 is the 5.8t payload. It may be a four-cylinder but it is not exactly dainty, it has an average operating weight of 7.7t and the wheelbase measures 2.72m. VarioGrip tyre pressure control also makes its way down the Fendt power line. Rear tyres are up to 650/65 R42.

The hydraulics are serviced by a 152l/min pump with a 205l/min option. Up to five spools can be fitted at the back and two at the front and three mid-mounts. Rear lift capacity is 9.8t.

For the cab, Fendt has plucked the platform from the 700 G7. There are a few new options but from what we can tell not much else has really changed here.

As for availability, the Vario 614, 616, 618 and 620 can be ordered from its official launch at Agritechnica but units will not arrive until next summer.

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