Valtra relies on digital delicacies to sell the next generation of tractors
When it comes to buying a tractor with more horsepower, manufacturers seem to have decided that digital technology is now the main selling point.
uch mundane questions as engine performance and transmission options are now relegated to the rear, it seems.
Valtra has certainly set out to promote the digital pleasures of its latest upgrades to the N and T series tractors. Labeled 5th generation, the latest machines offer between 145 hp and 271 hp, with supercharging.
“The new tractors not only look good, they are also easy to use, they come with many new smart features and they are extremely comfortable to use,” says Mikko Lehikoinen, vice president of sales and marketing at Valtra. To further emphasize the focus on technology, he adds that “precision farming is at the center of the new generation.”
On the tractors themselves, one of the most notable developments is the switch to the traditional dashboard. Its replacement is a display unit mounted on the right A-pillar.
Standard information, once hidden behind the steering wheel, such as road speed, engine speed and time, is permanently displayed at the top. From a second screen section below, the operator can select information to control the tractor and implement. The lower third part of the screen displays information about the radio station and the smartphone via Bluetooth.
Other modifications in the cabin included an entirely new steering column, a slightly larger steering wheel, and improvements to the shuttle lever. The right-hand control panel has been redesigned and the seat swivels more for easier rearward vision.
The mechanics are not completely neglected, however. Takeoff in the B and C speed ranges was facilitated with a heavy load. This is due to the new Start Boost feature. The change between speed ranges is also considered to be faster.
The company says two-thirds of its tractors already leave the factory with automatic guidance or some other form of “ smart farming solution. ” In addition to the current software capabilities, there is a new “Auto U-Pilot” system which gives more precise control of the implement on the headlands, reducing the attention required by the operator.