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New Claas Arion 400 trac­tor is set for Septem­ber ar­rival

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Claas has an­nounced the Aus­tralian re­lease of the Arion

400 trac­tor, part of its re­designed range of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy ma­chines.

Like oth­ers in the new se­ries, which in­cludes six new mod­els rang­ing from 90hp to 140hp, the Arion 400 has a num­ber of fea­tures pre­vi­ously of­fered only in the com­pany’s larg­er­horse­power trac­tors.

These in­clude op­tional front sus­pen­sion, front link­ages, au­to­matic dif­fer­en­tial lock­ing, au­to­matic four-wheel drive and power take-off ac­ti­va­tion-de­ac­ti­va­tion.

Claas Trac­tors group prod­uct man­ager Dave Knowles says the lat­est Arion se­ries has had a to­tal re­design.

“Over the past few years, Claas has con­cen­trated on mod­ernising its of­fer­ing in the medium- and large-horse­power trac­tors,” Knowles says. “Now, Claas is prov­ing it is an in­no­va­tive force in the lower-horse­power seg­ment by com­pletely re­design­ing the Arion 400 se­ries.”

The most no­table change to the Arion 400 is its high-vis­i­bil­ity, sun­roof-like Panoramic cab, with a 2.4-cu­bic-me­tre one-piece wind­screen, which won the SIMA Gold In­no­va­tion Award and the iF Design Award. A low roof and single-door cabin op­tion is also avail­able.

Un­der the bon­net, the new Arion 400 has a 4.5-litre 4-cylin­der FPT en­gine with mod­ern com­mon-rail in­jec­tion (1600 bar), charge air cool­ing and a tur­bocharger.

It is fully com­pli­ant with Tier 4 emis­sions stan­dards, Knowles says, adding: “They use a two-stage cat­alytic con­verter sys­tem that does not re­quire an ex­ter­nal ex­haust gas re­cir­cu­la­tion sys­tem or a diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter.”

The Arion 400 comes in two trans­mis­sion op­tions, the

Hex­as­hift (24/24) or the Quadr­ishift (16/16), which al­lows for more con­ve­nient gear chang­ing due to its abil­ity to shift be­tween gears us­ing a mul­ti­func­tional lever, with­out the need to use the clutch pedal.

Claas also gives buy­ers the op­tion to fit its Se­quence Man­age­ment head­land man­age­ment sys­tem, which al­lows en­gine and PTO rpm, pow­er­lift and the elec­tronic con­trols to be saved as oper­at­ing se­quences, which re­duces driver work­load, Knowles says.

An­other fea­ture is the three-but­ton-mode dy­namic steer­ing sys­tem, which can ex­e­cute 90 per cent of all work while in the steer­ing an­gle de­pen­dent mode.

All mod­els fea­ture an agro­nom­i­cal-de­signed, mul­ti­func­tion lever that con­trols the front-end loader, rear link­age and op­tional elec­tro-hy­draulic or hy­draulic con­trols.

“You use your left hand to steer and your right arm to op­er­ate all the trac­tor’s key func­tions,” Knowles says.

Due to ar­rive in Aus­tralia in Septem­ber, the Arion 400 is the lat­est Claas trac­tor to be re­leased here over the past five years, join­ing the Xe­rion 5000, the Ax­ion 900 and 800 and the Arion 600/500.

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