2020 Ski-Doo: Sharpening the Gen 4 Knife 2020 Ski-Doo: Sharpening the Gen 4 Knife
Ski-Doo is the undisputed leader in the snowmobile industry, selling more machines each year than anyone else by quite a large margin. So when... 2020 Ski-Doo: Sharpening the Gen 4 Knife

Ski-Doo is the undisputed leader in the snowmobile industry, selling more machines each year than anyone else by quite a large margin. So when they announce their new models for next season, everyone – and we mean EVERYONE – stops what they’re doing and takes notice.

         2020 marks year four of the REV Gen 4 platform. In its first year, 2017 brought us a limited number of 850 models. 2018 brought us many more models, expanding into the crossover segment with the 146” Backcountry sleds. 2019 was the year of expansion with the all-new 900 ACE Turbo and 600R engines and the conversion of many of the 4-stroke models to the Gen 4 platform.

         So what in the world could possibly be next from the market leader? Like any savvy hunter, right about the time you think you’re ready for the hunt, you take a moment to check and sharpen your knife. One can never have their weapon too sharp, one can never be too ready for might lie ahead.

         So for 2020 we introduce to you the sharpened and honed weapons from Valcourt, Quebec. We’ll be the first to admit that 2019 was a monster year of new introductions with two new engines and the Gen 4 Wide platform, so 2020 takes the technology to even higher heights with a new Gen 4 platform variation for the Sport Utility sleds, a new Expert package for experienced Summit riders, longer track length options for the Backcountry X-RS, and what we’ve all been waiting to see for over ten years now – all new digital gauge clusters.

What’s New – Ski-Doo for 2020

Summit X with Expert Package

         Few snowmobiles can truly claim to expand a rider’s abilities. For Model Year 2020, BRP stakes its claim to another sled that changes the way deep-snow riders approach their day – the 2020 Ski-Doo Summit X with Expert Package.

2020 Ski-Doo Summit X with Expert Package, 2020 Ski-Doo Summit X Expert

Developed and designed with input from the team of Ski-Doo Brand Ambassadors, Backcountry Experts and hardcore deep-snow consumers, this Summit allows a rider to access more terrain than ever before. Intent on creating a sled capable of taking on more techincal terrain, deeper snow and delivering a better riding experience, this group of Ski-Doo product experts and enthusiasts focused on key areas to refine the highly capable Summit even further .

2020 Ski-Doo Summit X Expert, 2020 Ski-Doo Summit X with Expert Package

From ski spindle to rear fender, from shocks to seat and everything in between, the Summit X with Expert Package delivers access to terrain the most passionate deep-snow riders crave. There will be a “First Ride” Test Report on the Summit X with Expert Package in the upcoming Spring issue of SnowTech.

2020 Ski-Doo Summit X with Expert Package, Summit Expert

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Features:

* Short Tunnel with lightweight fender to reduce snow drag and facilitate backing up

* KYB Shock Package calibrated stiffer with lighter weight springs

* New Spindle, ski stopper and modified ski for improved stability in sidehilling

2020 Ski-Doo Summit X with Expert Package, 2020 Summit Expert

* Adjustable Limiter Strap to adjust transfer and front end rise

* Lower handlebar strap for less interference

* Lower riser and smaller diameter handlebar and grips for more control

* Flexible handguards to protect brake kill switch and throttle

* Compact lightweight FORTY7C seat for freedom of movement

* Updated Profile Running boards extend all the way forward with less snow buildup

Backcountry X-RS with More Capability in 154” track options

         With the need for adventure being second nature to the on/off trail crossover rider, there’s never been a greater demand for a crossover sled with long-track options. Adding two different 154” track options to the Backcountry X-RS stable gives riders who crave ultimate long-track exploration the perfect tool for long days of epic adventures with all the capabilities you’d expect from the industry’s leading crossover performance sled.

2020 Ski-Doo Backcountry x 154”

         Powered by the unstoppable Rotax 850 E-TEC 2-stroke and its breathtaking dynamic response, the Backcountry X-RS is built to conquer any and all winter terrain. That engine turns one of five traction choices for X-RS buyers for 2020 – three 146” tracks including the 1.6” Cobra, 1.6” Ice Cobra or 2.0” PowderMax; or two 154” track options including a 2.0” or 2.5” PowderMax.

New Digital Gauge Clusters

2020 Ski-Doo Digital Guage Cluster, Ski-Doo 2020

It’s often times the little things that make a big difference in the ride. For 2020 a couple of those difference makers are the all-new digital gauges available on REV Gen4 snowmobiles. The all-digital 4.5” or 7.2” wide gauges (depending on sled package) offers a fully backlit display, and the 7.2” version automatically adjusts to ambient light. A flatter viewing angle ensures riders will have the best view of important ride information in any light conditions or riding position. Both versions of the display are fully customizeable to let riders select the exact information that’s important for any given ride.

Bad-Ass Sport Utility Lineup now on REV Gen4 Platform

2020 Ski-Doo Expedition Extreme,  2020 Ski-Doo Expedition SE

         With the line between sport and utility continuing to blur, consumers all over North America are demanding a single sled that can do it all. For MY2020, the new Expedition snowmobiles deliver everything today’s sport-utility riders want – like the industry’s most dynamic engines – and more. Sleek design with ergonomics focused on all-day rider comfort in a variety of riding situations and capability that goes beyond. From demanding jobs in rugged terrain, to 2-up comfort, and off-trail prowess, the REV Gen4 20” platform provides agility in deep snow and precision on the trail never before seen in the sport-utility market segment. Can one sled do it all? The 2020 Expedition can!

2020 Ski-Doo Expedition Extreme

Multi-LinQ Plate Adds More Accessory Options

         More customizable accessory options are available than ever before thanks to the new LinQ mounting system. Found standard on the Expedition LE, SE and Xtreme models, it allows the use of multiple 16” and 20” LinQ accessories – more than 200 REV Gen4 accessory combinations all designed with superior function and integration in mind.

2020 Ski-Doo Multi-LinQ Plate

         To compliment the introduction of the REV Gen4 20” platform there’s a wealth of new innovative and functional accessories to get the job done, or just add more fun to the experience. For work there are tool mounts and cargo boxes designed with input from hardcore utility users. For the more recreational riders they’ll find new convenience and ride enhancing accessories that reflect BRP’s pursuit of the perfect day on the snow.

Rotax 600 ACE Joins REV Gen4 Platform

         2020 sees the REV Gen4 platform welcome yet another power option with the addition of the Rotax 600 ACE 4-stroke. This newest powerplant option gives buyers on the lower end of the horsepower spectrum the opportunity to experience “That Ski-Doo Feeling” like they never have before. With all the benefits of the open cockpit design, centralized mass, and an ultra-responsive platform that reacts to the rider’s every movement, the ride will never be the same.

2020 Ski-Doo ACE 600 in Gen 4
2020 Ski-Doo ACE 600 Gen 4

Just as the Rotax 900 ACE engine received a bump in power moving to the REV Gen4 platform, so too does the Rotax 600 ACE 4-stroke. Thanks to the new space created by the geometry of the REV Gen4 overstructure, new exhaust and intake tracts and other engine updates were possible. The end result is a 2-hp gain from 60 to 62 hp.

Look for more info on the 2020 Ski-Doo Line up in the Spring issue of SnowTech. Subscribe

2020 Ski-Doo MXZ TNT
2020 Ski-Doo MXZ TNT
2020 Ski-Doo MXZ X
2020 Ski-Doo MXZ X
2020 Ski-Doo MXZ X-RS
2020 Ski-Doo MXZ X-RS
2020 Ski-Doo Renegade Enduro
2020 Ski-Doo Renegade Enduro
2020 Ski-Doo Renegade X
2020 Ski-Doo Renegade X
2020 Ski-Doo Renegade X-RS
2020 Ski-Doo Renegade X-RS
2020 Ski-Doo Backcountry
2020 Ski-Doo Backcountry
2020 Ski-Doo Backcountry X
2020 Ski-Doo Backcountry X
2020 Ski-Doo Backcountry X-RS
2020 Ski-Doo Backcountry X-RS
2020 Ski-Doo Summit X
2020 Ski-Doo Summit X
2020 Ski-Doo Summit X Expert
2020 Ski-Doo Summit X Expert
2020 Ski-Doo Freeride
2020 Ski-Doo Freeride
2020 Ski-Doo Expedition Extreme
2020 Ski-Doo Expedition Extreme
2020 Ski-Doo Expedition SE
2020 Ski-Doo Expedition SE
2020 Ski-Doo Grand Touring Limited
2020 Ski-Doo Grand Touring Limited
  • Bill Cudney

    February 19, 2019 #1 Author

    All new digital gauge with no new features over the old one as far as things like GPS, Bluetooth capable to your phone, it’s just capable of more display ports of all of the things that were in the old gauge, they went from an 80’s gauge to a 90’s gauge how about stepping in to the 2000’s.

  • Sean Tilley

    February 19, 2019 #2 Author

    Were is the big turbo lake racer? Machz

  • dave

    February 20, 2019 #3 Author

    Right on, Bill. That “new” gauge is like the alarm clock I had in 1985.

  • Pack Leader

    February 20, 2019 #4 Author

    They lifted that gauge cluster from a DeLorean

  • R. John

    February 22, 2019 #5 Author

    What is sadly missing and long overdo is a lightweight under 300 lb sled with a 300cc single cylinder Rotax made in Gunshirken Austria. Brp hinted at a small Elan {Spark} type sled several years back but has been slow to deliver. With Arctic Cat with its 300c belt driven c-tec patented Ski-doo needs to hurry up. People are tired of buying over priced elan and citations, that need considerable updating. Modern day lea with long track versions would sell like crazy.

  • Jason Lemanski

    February 23, 2019 #6 Author

    What is the Aucune option ? Looked it isn’t really explained anywhere.

  • TP

    March 27, 2019 #7 Author

    They seem to forget the bottom end market. Like Cat, Polaris and Yamaha, they simply turn off another segment and we keep what we have. 300 to 400cc four stroke market sled is needed. Doubt we will ever get it. The 600 ACE is about as close as we are going to get.

  • bob

    March 31, 2019 #8 Author

    I got to ride these new sleds 4 weeks ago, and they have really made some great improvements. The expedition extreme with the 850 is simply amazing, Expedition models out sell all other models in Quebec, they know what they are doing going to G4 here, and I predict in 2021 they will sell a ton of these once people get to ride one, it will be a great trip sled and touring as well. I expect the 2 up turbo expedition to replace the 137 grand touring, no brainer here, this is the direction things are going in. The 600r in 129 is amazing , the back country 850 XRS handles incredible, 2019 saw double rollers in the P-Drive, and a new outer sheave in the driven, with venting and a new clutch cover, no one really sees this but mpg goes up as well as belt life and performance, they are getting it right. The blue paint scheme on the free-ride is beautiful, should be on other models too.

  • Steve B

    April 30, 2019 #9 Author

    More gauge options for 2020 would have been a no brainer…GPS ? I ordered the Lava Red BC XRS 154×2″ with Shot. Be a long wait until Oct/Nov I think.

  • Derrick

    May 16, 2019 #10 Author

    R.John, why would Skidoo build a 300lb sled as the market is so low for that sled it makes no business sense. Similar Skidoo went to the 900 ace turbo as the market is much larger that a 1200 turbo.

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