While many farmers and contractors demand a high-level of tractor specification, there are others who either prefer a simpler equipment package or feel the tractor’s workload doesn’t justify lots of hi-tech features. McCormick’s X7 Pro Drive range will soon cater for both requirements following the launch of the Efficient models at next month’s Royal Highland Show. Complementing the current full-specification X7 Pro Drive Premium models, the lower-priced Efficient tractors come with gear pump hydraulics and a new front axle suspension design on four-cylinder models, mechanical spool valves, a different lighting package and a new side-mounted console housing all the major controls. But the Efficient models still feature the same Pro Drive transmission as Premium tractors. Providing 24 speeds in both directions, the adjustable power shuttle and push-button four-speed powershift is even controlled by the same joystick, which is mounted on a new side console rather than on the seat. Available on four-cylinder and selected six-cylinder models, the four-cylinder Efficient tractors (143hp, 160hp and 166/175hp) have gear pump hydraulics as standard delivering up to 88-litre/min. But for more demanding applications, they can be upgraded to a piston pump system (standard on six-cylinder Efficient models) with up to 123-litres/min output and a separate 44-litre/min pump dedicated to steering and auxiliary systems. Rear lift capacity is 6,300kg (upgradable to 9,300kg with the 100mm lift cylinder option) and a 3,500kg front hitch is available, with or without PTO. Prices start at £71,779 for the X7.440 (131/143hp) Pro Drive Efficient. A full-spec X7.440 Premium costs from £78,116.