The 6.7-litre six-pot 240hp Stage III block in the XTZ-248K uses 10 to 15% less fuel than the previous YaMZ engine. Other updates include the new engine hood and the 12/4 transmission has also been upgraded for smoother shifting. There is also a new control layout in the quieter cab, which now provides operators with air conditioning and an adjustable seat and steering column.
It continues to take its power from a 190hp YaMZ engine, but the XTZ-181 tracked tractor has also been updated, and like the articulated tractor supports new exterior styling. Other updates include a new six-point track suspension system and the hydraulic flow has been increased to 130lit/min.
The company hopes that the updates will stimulate sales of both tractors to the domestic market, where customers can currently register for a government incentive program that covers 25% to 40% of the purchase price.
Founded in 1930, the Kharkiv plant has produced more than three million tractors and other specialised heavy equipment.