Crystal celebrates 50th anniversary with new model


Zetor is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Crystal tractor with the launch of a new version of the vehicle.

The original all-weather tractor is considered largely responsible for establishing the company as a player in the agricultural industry in Czech Republic and wider afield.

The most recent iteration of the vehicle was released three years ago, however Zetor has now confirmed a new six-cylinder Crystal tractor will be presented to the world on August 23 to coincide with the start of the Země živitelka farming show in České Budějovice, Czech Republic.

The new tractor brings several innovations compared to the outgoing model. It is equipped with well-established six-cylinder Deutz engine with displacement of 6.1L and maximum power of 171hp, and meets Stage IV emission standard.

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At the maximum speed of 40km/h it works in economical 1,750rpm. Among other Crystal innovations, there is a multifunctional control panel with electrically controlled hydraulic sections, a new dashboard, comfortable swivel seat and other improvements increasing cabin ergonomics. It also equipped with front axle suspension.

The tractor is equipped with a number of safety-increasing features, such as brakes (hydraulic control of front axle brakes and pneumatic control of rear axle brakes), panoramic rearview mirrors inside cabin, sensor incorporated in the operator’s seat which switches off PTO if the operator leaves the seat.

Marián Lipovský, managing director, Zetor Tractor, said, “Crystal is coming back in the year of celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of being launched. While talking to our customers, they often tell us that they wish that we extended the offer of tractors with higher power. Therefore, the new vehicle takes Zetor back to the segment of up to 170hp. I wish that the new generation of the tractor finds its way to the customers and continues in its success so far.”

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