SIMA 2019: LS shows 101hp Euro flagship

First seen as a prototype at the same French show two years ago, the South Korean made 101hp XP is back again this year with the finished version.

by Steven Vale

26 Feb 2019

The flagship of the new three model range, main changes include an improved LS designed cab and controls with narrower pillars. Power to all three models: the 86hp XP84, 94hp XP94 and 101hp XP101, comes from a four-pot 3.4-litre FPT Stage IV engine mated to either a synchro shuttle or power shuttle transmission.

The front axle is from Carraro, the rear from LS and the rear linkage lifts 3.8t. While CE approved, the new models will not be added to the European price lists until Agritechnica. Ahead of the official launch the company will finalise the options list, which will almost certianly include a front linkage/pto.

Looking ahead, LS also makes an XP140, but there is no news of if/when this might come to Europe. The South Korean firm reckons to make around 32,000 tractors a year at its three plants.

There is one in China for the Chinese market, while South America is taken care of by the Brazilian facility. Tractors for the rest of the world are made in South Korea although some tractors are assembled in the US. Providing the volumes are high enough then the company could consider assembling tractors in Europe.