2019 has proven to be a great year for snowmobiles, Ski-Doo is leading the packSki-Doo BRP Logo for snowmobile sales

Wow we have had a LOT of new features, innovations, Model Lines coming out from all of the snowmobile manufacturers. Ski-Doo led with the release of the 2019 Backcountry Lineup, the 900cc ACE turbo Engine, and Incredible Updates to the E-TEC Engine.

With the 2019 Ski Doo Backcountry Line of snowmobiles, they are seeking to do what most manufacturers have been trying to do for many years, create the Swiss army knife of snowmobiles. The ultimate purpose built crossover snowmobile, that will universally hit the trails at high speeds, carving in and out of corners, but also being able to do some tree dodging in the deeper snow, and hitting moguls with ease. Ski-Doo aims to eliminate the need to have a long track mountain sled, a short track trail sled without compromising on the performance of either situation.

Some Key Features of the 2019 Ski-Doo Backcountry Lineup2019 Ski-Doo Backcountry Lineup x x-rs

  • REV GEN4 Platform
  • ROTAX 850 E-TEC Engine or ROTAX 600 E-TEC Engine
  • SHOT Starter
  • RAS 3 Front/ CMOTION Rear suspension
  • KYB Pro Shocks
  • RS Running Boards
  • PDRIVE Clutch
  • Adjustable Ski Stance from 38.4″ to 40.2″

How will this create a true Crossover snowmobile?

In this article, I will explain how the innovations and features of this snowmobile will make it the leader, and perhaps the go-to snowmobile for a large number of snowmobilers. Ski-Doo has created this so that many people like myself who do both on and off trail riding will come flooding to them as the new standard for crossover snowmobiles

The 2019 Backcountry Lineup currently has 3 models, Base, X and X-RS

This new lineup currently has the Base Model, the X, and the X-RS. Much like when the Ski-Doo REVs of the mid 2000’s, these models tend to spark a hint of what the REV chassis had been aiming to do. Make a new standard for snowmobiles, with a large feature set to entice riders to get on one.

2019 Ski-Doo Backcountry (Base Model)

The base model Backcountry from what we have heard will include a standard set of features. First of which will be the ROTAX 600R E-TEC Engine with the option of going to the ROTAX 850 E-TEC Engine. The standard set of features that are included on the base model include:

  • 2 Color choices (black, black/white/blue)
  • Mid-Rise windshield
  • Adjustable Ski Stance
  • KYB HPG Plus Front Shocks
  • KYB HPG Rear Shocks
  • cMotion rear skid
  • pDrive Clutch with Clickers
  • 2 choices of color
  • Electric Start

2019 Ski-Doo Backcountry X

The X model of the Backcountry model lineup, adds on better suspension, the Rotax 850 E-TEC motor standard, a Brembo racing break with stainless-steel braided brake line, Aluminum U shaped handlebar with J-hooks and grab handle. The SHOT starter system becomes an option on this model. Here is a quick list of items that are added with the X series of the Backcountry:

  • Adds optional blue color scheme.
  • Low Windshield
  • Option between the Cobra 1.6 track (standard), Ice Cobra 1.6 or the PowderMax 2.0 tracks (optional)
  •  The rear shock is upgraded to a KYB Pro 36 Easy-Adjust
  • Skis are the Pilot DS 2 Skis.

The upgrade of the motor to the 850 E-TEC alone makes this upgrade worth it, and I feel a good amount of people may move up from the 600 to the 850 for this reason alone. While the 600 E-TEC did get a good amount of upgrades this year such as the 30% increase in throttle response, and a 5hp bump, the 850 E-TEC also got a bump in throttle response and a 10 horsepower increase to 165HP.

2019 Ski-Doo Backcountry X-RS

Following the similar structure of labels as with previous lines of Ski-Doo Snowmobiles, the X-RS is the upgraded X Model Race Sled. This encompasses all of the upgraded features that Ski-Doo has to offer. Again you will have the Rotax 850 E-TEC engine, SHOT starting system (opt), but you also get pro-level shocks, new running boards, an eye-catching red color scheme, that sets it apart. Some other features included over the previous levels:

  • Wider Running Boards
  • Extra chassis reinforcements to increase stiffness of the chassis
  • Low Rise windshild
  • KYB Pro 36 R Easy-Adjust Front Shocks
  • KYB Pro 40 Easy-Adjust Center Shock
  • KYB Pro 40 Easy-Adjust Rear Shock

The X-RS will prove to be the next generation flagship of a new line that will prove to be legendary. It is striking just how beautiful this sled is.

2019 Ski Doo Engine Options and Improvements

ROTAX 600R E-TEC Engine2019 Ski-doo Rotax 600R motor

The trusted and durable 600R E-TEC, had some improvements this year. With the attachment of the pDrive clutch, it has accomplished a 30% increase in throttle response. A bump in horsepower to 125, will make sure you keep up and surpass other riders, as well as get out of those hard situations. But also has the fuel economy and oil consumption that previous Ski-Doo 600 riders have enjoyed. Making the overall cost of ownership and cost of riding one of the better on the markets.

ROTAX 850 E-TEC Engine2019 Ski-doo Rotax 850 motor

Rotax has done it again, putting out the most powerful 2-stroke to hit the market.  This will be the standard engine everyone goes to when looking at the Backcountry lineup.

This year, the 850 E-TEC got improvements to the fuel delivery system, eRave exhaust valves, throttle bodies and more. The fuel delivery system is a direct injection system which was made lighter and faster. The eRave exhaust valves were improved by increasing the speed of the motors that drive the valves thus making response times of much faster. The throttle bodies were positioned closer to the cylinders, and a set of booster injectors at the intake so the engine gets more fuel delivery at the mid to higher RPMs if the rider snaps the throttle. If you have ever experienced that delay, when you are cruising along then pound the throttle and wait for the fuel to catch up, you will see this as a huge improvement.

Some final thoughts on the 2019 Ski-Doo Backcountry Lineup

I think Ski-Doo found a winner in delivering what a Crossover should be.

2019 Ski Doo backcountry x and x-rs carving trail
The Backcountry lineup really brings in a host of features, design, and engineeri

ng, which I really believe will prove itself on and off the trail. I think these features are radical enough to get people to sell their current sleds and try the new line. It is difficult as a manufacturer to be able to dominate every riding style and terrain. The Backcountry line is expected to take an the Polaris Assault lineup, the Arctic Cat CrossCountry lineup, and the Yamaha Sidewinder X-TX Lineups.

I think the Backcountry will do well against these competitors, especially keeping in mind that this is purpose built for finding that median ground. It will be interesting to see what they do in 2020 and beyond with this line, further solidifying them as a leader in the industry.

Stay tuned for real world testing results.

With the new models coming out and dealers starting to have the ability to order them, be sure to contact some of our dealers on SledSeller.com, and check back for dealers listing the 2019 Ski-Doo Backcountry for sale in our inventory section here

Thank you for reading,

Tom Ferlaak

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