The 226hp X7.690 is an additional model at the top of McCormick’s X7.6 Series. Bringing the total number of models in the range to five (X7.650, X7.660, X7.670, X7.680 and X7.690), all feature new six-cylinder BetaPower (FPT) Stage IV engines. Major innovations centre on the transmission, and the range will be available with either VT-Drive (up to 195hp) or the semi-powershift PS-Drive (up to 226hp). Developed by ZF, this latter has been redesigned with five robotically-activated electrohydraulic ranges and six powershift steps fully controlled by a dedicated electronic unit. Once the engine speed has been defined by the operator, the transmission automatically selects the most suitable range and speed gear. The X7.6 Series also adopts the Stop & Action system, which engages the de-clutch when the operator steps on the brake pedal. According to McCormick, this allows the PS-Drive to provide a smooth ride and drivability similar to that of the VT-Drive.  With styling improvements both inside and outside the cab, standard features on 2017 models include upgraded software governed by the Data Screen Manager. This includes additional capabilities to run functions such as rear view backup camera to improve visibility behind the tractor when implements are hitched, and also to provide advanced headland management functions. The new tractors are expected to arrive in the UK during the second half of this year.