The Jacobsen Truckster XD serves as a replacement for the Cushman Turf-Truckster – the turf industry’s original heavy-duty utility vehicle, and was revealed at the show in San Antonio, Texas at the end of March.
The new Truckster XD has a 1,610 Kg standard payload capacity, supported by a bed with steel up to 75 per cent thicker than comparable boxes and 20 per cent more volume.
Two power units are available: the diesel version, more commonly used throughout Europe, with 24.8 hp and 71.5 nm of torque and the petrol model, which is used predominantly in the Americas and Asia-Pacific, providing 32.5 hp and 70 nm of torque.
The new Truckster XD was built to handle the daily rigours on the golf course and Jacobsen claims that its engineers have put a priority on comfort, giving the operator area 25 per cent more room than the competition.
"When we started this project, the first thing we did was ask hundreds of superintendents, greenkeepers and sports turf managers what they wanted from a heavy-duty utility vehicle," said Richard Comely, director of global product management at Ransomes Jacobsen.
"The feedback was unanimous: they told us they wanted a truck with more capacity, power and comfort. Nothing on the market was able to fulfill their needs properly. Based on the extensive field testing and feedback we’ve received over the past year, we’ve delivered exactly what turf professionals asked for.
"We have two main goals with this new vehicle: to make turf managers’ jobs easier and to satisfy their unmet needs. When you look at what is currently available on the market today, there’s nothing as tough, powerful or comfortable as the Jacobsen Truckster XD. As a result, we believe it will serve as a game changer in the heavy duty utility vehicle category."
The company says that the first units will be available in the UK and Europe in the second half of 2015. A full range of accessories and attachments will also be available with kits enabling the retrofitting of existing and competitor equipment.