There is still nothing official from Case IH on the new Quadtrac, but New Holland is updating its T9 range for next year. With 699hp on tap, the flagship T9.700 is the firm’s most powerful tractor so far.

Made at the same Fargo (North Dakota) plant as the Quadtrac, main T9 updates include the new exterior styling, redesigned cab and controls, PLM Intelligence, and the upgraded 13-litre FPT Cursor Stage V six-pot engine. This delivers more power (previous SAE rating has changed to metric to align the T9 with the rest of New Holland’s high-hp line-up), increased torque in lower gears and extended service intervals from 1,200 hours to 1,800 hours.

One Intelliview 12 monitor is standard (second screen optional).

Of the six models, the block in the T9.470, T9.520 and T9.580 has been changed to an electronic variable geometry turbo. Boosting the power to a peak of 467hp, 522hp and 578hp, respectively, the new engine improves fuel efficiency by a claimed 2.0%.

The three other (wide-frame) models: the T9.615 (max.614hp), T9.655 (max.656hp) and T9.700 (max.699hp), sport two-stage turbocharging — fixed geometry, first stage and wastegate second stage. The new block is mated to one of two familiar transmissions: the Ultra Command full powershift transmission or Auto Command CVT.

The revised cab provides overhead grab rails, improved door handles, overhead console and RAM mount rails, and the new LED work lights, which are described as the best lighting package New Holland has to offer, increases nighttime visibility by a claimed 20%, and the reduced size of the exhaust stack and the removal of the J-tube between the DOC and SCR increases operator visibility by 10%.

And if you like your music then the premium sound package provides eight channel amplifiers, two tweeters, a sound-specific cab post cover and device attachment mounts.

The North American launch of the new T9s will be at next week’s Farm Progress Show. We must assume that the European premiere will take place at Agritechnica.

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