It’s easy to forget, even though they seem so common today, that the entire sport side-by-side market has only been around for ten years. Since the Polaris RZR XP in 2014, the market has exploded. Polaris has launched a brand-new RZR XP for 2024 and is now introducing a new vehicle that not only redefines a segment but also an entirely new vehicle.
2024 Polaris Xpedition Review
The 2024 Polaris Xpedition is a vehicle designed for overland adventurers. It combines the best features of a side-by-side sport with the attributes from the utility segment to create a truly unique vehicle. The driving experience has always been a priority when it comes to performance and sport side-by-side. The Xpedition, on the other hand, was developed to be a vehicle that would allow you to get deeper into the backcountry and further off the grid, as well as bring enough people and supplies with you.
Polaris Xpedition is a rugged, versatile, and customizable motorcycle that allows riders to tackle the toughest terrain. The Xpedition comes with the latest technologies, comfort and convenience features,, and the ability to easily customize it to suit the needs of any adventure. Sounds familiar? This is a description that almost exactly describes the overland crowd.
The new 999 cc parallel-twin ProStar 1000 Gen 2 engines are at the heart of Polaris’ 2024 Xpedition. This engine, which produces 114 horsepower and was first seen in the 2024 Polaris RZR XP, is also the same one that will be found on the new Polaris Xpedition. The Xpedition boasts the largest fuel tank in the industry at 12.5, which allows for a range of more than 200 miles (under proper conditions). The power is sent through a CVT with high- and low-range gears and an on-demand, all-wheel drive system.
The Xpedition is equipped with Fox Podium QS3 shock absorbers, which feature Position-Sensitive Spiral Technology. They are 2.0-inch dampers in front and 2.5-inches in rear. The vehicle is equipped with ProArmor Crawler XP 30-inch tires and boasts a segment-leading ground clearance of 14 inches. The wheel travel is 14 inches up front and 15 inches at the back. The vehicle has the best approach and departure angles of any overland vehicle. This is because the tires are positioned as close to the corners as they can be. The sealed electronics and high-mounted air intakes ensure that riders can tackle any trail condition with confidence.
Polaris Xpedition 2024 will be available in two different models: XP, and ADV. The underlying mechanicals of the two models are identical, but each model has some differences that appeal to different users. Xpedition ADV features a rear cargo box with a pass-through that is fully covered. The length of the flat storage space on models with 2 or 5 seats is 36 inches and 63 inches. XP models have a 30-inch open cargo box with a dump lid. ADV models with five seats have a fold-flat feature, while XP models come with 60/40 flip-up rear seats that can be quickly converted into extra storage. Both models have a 48-inch bed with sides that are 16 inches tall.
The 2024 Polaris Xpedition is available in three trims, including Premium, Ultimate, and NorthStar. The Premium trim builds on the base features of the vehicle with a JBL TrailPro 2000 audio and a 660-watt stator charger system. It also comes with a JBL 4.3-inch display. Polaris Ultimate models feature a 7-inch touchscreen powered by Ride Command. The charging system has been upgraded to a system that can deliver 900 watts. JBL TrailPro surround sound audio systems come with a 400-watt amplifier and a 10-inch subwoofer. The trim includes front and rear cameras, tilt and telescopic steerage, plus a padded console and an auto-stop winch. The top trim is NorthStar, which has everything in the Ultimate model plus a fully enclosed cabin; HVAC with temperature controls and zone controls; locking full doors with power window; a tilt-out front glass windscreen; and Ride Control+.
Exposure to the weather is one of the most significant disadvantages of riding side-by-side. Polaris Xpedition 2024 offers the optional Pro Shield Cab System. This is Polaris’ most integrated and tightly sealed cab enclosure. NorthStar models come with a heating/air conditioning system that has adjustable control modes. Riders can adjust the airflow and ensure the cabin is comfortable, regardless of whether it’s hot or cold. The Xpedition NorthStar is the only side-by-side sport that comes with a standard HVAC system. With power windows and an angled front windshield, riders can enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of their enclosed cab.
The 2024 Polaris Xpedition has a flat top, allowing for the addition of over 100 new adventure-focused accessories. The accessories include a Rhino-Rack roof rack, Polaris Rooftop Tent, Kayak Holder, Fishing Rod Holders, Maxtrax Traction Boards, LED Light Bars, Bed Racks, Spare Tire Mounts, and more. The Xpedition also features flat interior flooring and a large storage area at the rear. Modular rear seats are available on five-seater models, allowing for even more storage space. The Xpedition is the first Polaris vehicle that will debut the new Lock & Ride MAX system.
Polaris offers five accessory collections inspired by riders to help owners customize their new Xpeditions. These collections are designed for outdoor activities such as Overlanding, Kayaking, Trailing, Hunting, and Utility. The vehicles’ locking doors, consoles,s and rear cargo boxes make it easy to keep gears secure. The Xpedition comes equipped with a Polaris HD recovery tool that can lift up to 4,500 pounds.
2024 Polaris Xpedition Price & Release Date
Polaris Xpedition XP & ADV 2024 models are available in two- or five-passenger versions and three trim levels: Premium, Ultimate & NorthStar. The base Premium XP trim vehicles will be priced at only $28,999. The base price of the mid-range Ultimate XP is $31,999. The top-tier NorthStar XP starts at $38,999. The ADV model is only $1,000 more expensive than the XP.
These prices apply to the smaller two-seater models. Pricing for the larger five-seater models is not yet available. Polaris also says that at launch, it will focus on the Ultimate and NorthStar trims. The base Premium model is expected to be released later in 2024.