What’s New At-A-Glance: 2018 Can-Am ATVs, Side-By-Side Vehicles

June 2017 Feature

BRP has refined its impressive family of Can-Am off-road vehicles for 2018, by blazing new trails in the areas of pure-sport performance and meeting global recreational and utility demands with new specialty-use packages.

In addition to increased performance, adding exceptional value, revised componentry and strategic color choices further showcases the Can-Am brand’s industry leadership and market focus.

Can-Am Side-By-Side Vehicles


In another thrilling step in its effort to change the game in the off-road world and take over the super-sport segment of the side-by-side vehicle industry, Can-Am Off-Road has introduced the most powerful factory-built side-by-side vehicle on the market. The turbocharged 172 hp 2018 Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicle family features the same defiant, precise and powerful genetics, but raises the bar and redefines the super-sport side-by-side category by delivering 12 percent (plus 18 hp) more horsepower and 10 percent added torque for unprecedented performance. The new flagship side-by-side vehicle can go from 0-60 mph in a mind-boggling 4.4 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating factory-built side-by-side vehicle on the market, period.

The additional power is the result of resolute engineering and devotion to performance, one key pillar of all Can-Am vehicles’ DNA. The intercooler and fan were redesigned to maximize heat transfer (upwards of 49 percent more heat flow). With the horsepower increase, a new fuel pump was added to create more volume to support the new power.

In addition to the market-leading innovation and class-leading performance, the new Maverick X3 Turbo R family provides consumers with a fantastic value, as price did not increase (in the US) related to this sizeable 18 hp power upgrade. The 2018 Maverick X3 Turbo R and MAX X3 Turbo R packages are: X3 (base), X3 X ds and X3 X rs. The new model year also means new color offerings and components. To meet consumer demand, all Maverick X3 X rs vehicle packages (two- and four-seat) now come standard with a factory-installed, retractable 4-point harness system.

The Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle family also now includes the 120 hp Maverick X3 Turbo side-by-side, a market point-of-entry vehicle that offers more horsepower than competitive vehicles in its price point. The new Maverick X3 Turbo family, offered in two-seat and MAX packages, also arrives with unbeatable value (starting at less than $20,000 USD in the US; two-seater) while including all the revolutionary X3 DNA. The features and benefits include the industry’s leading long-travel suspension (20-in./50.8 cm, front and the rear), the Rotax ACE turbocharged engine (no intercooler) and unparalleled design.


Shifting its focus to the heart of the side-by-side vehicle industry, Can-Am also chose to extend its offerings in the competitive Utility-Recreation (Ute-Rec) segment. Two new models were added to the tough, capable and clever Can-Am Defender family of side-by-side vehicles.

The 2018 Defender MAX HD8 vehicle is also a market point-of-entry model that retains all the Defender family benefits at a low price of $12,399 USD. With the ability to haul up to six people and 1,000 lbs. in its cargo bed, the Defender MAX HD8 vehicle is as versatile as they come. A heavy-duty 50 hp Rotax HD8 V-Twin engine and PRO-TORQ transmission team up to give the vehicle impressive power and torque for tackling tough trails and tougher jobs. The double A-arm front suspension and TTA-HD rear suspension provide 10 inches (25.4 cm) of suspension travel for trail comfort and tackling rugged terrain. A selectable 2WD/4WD with Visco-Lok auto-locking front differential provides added control and nimbleness off the beaten path. New painted black cast-aluminum wheels with 27 inch (68.6 cm) Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires provide ample traction and a classic look. The fit-and-finish includes the VERSA-PRO front and rear bench seating with flip-up seats and hooks for added cargo convenience.\

The all-new Defender MAX XT Cab HD10 arrives with a premium full cab enclosure from the factory and all the dependable and clever Defender family engineering benefits. On top of all the Defender MAX XT features as standard equipment, the new MAX XT Cab HD10 unit’s cab includes a full glass windshield, wiper/washer kit, full doors with electric windows (front) and hinged windows (rear), hard roof with liner, an interior dome light and a sliding rear glass window. The cab kit was optimized for enhanced quality and to create a true 100 percent enclosed system.

Along with full-seal cab, the onboard, factory-installed integrated heat management system was updated to better separate hot air and cool air. New front arched A-arms increase the XT Cab package’s track width as well as 11-inches of ground clearance. Add in a new stabilizer and the Defender side-by-side is more capable in the challenging terrain.

Four additional Can-Am Defender side-by-side vehicle family improvements were added for 2018. All XT packages get a new front bumper. New larger 27-inch (68.6 cm) Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires are now standard on both the HD8 and HD10 Convenience vehicles. All Can-Am Defender family vehicles also receive a cargo box deflector to eliminate debris from the cargo bed reaching the engine compartment and a revised shifter gate for smoother operation and durability.


The Commander family was revised to enhance consumer’s recreation-utility experience. The Commander 1000R (two-seat and MAX) side-by-side vehicle has received a significant update for 2018, with a power bump to 92 hp (plus 7 hp), a wider stance and larger brakes. The vehicle now features the Rotax V-Twin 1000R engine and transmission air intake system from the Can-Am Maverick 1000R. Another upgrade includes new 14-inch (35.6 cm) cast-aluminum wheels for improved dynamic handling experience. In spite of the improved performance and package upgrades, the 2018 Commander 1000R returns with the same price for 2018. In addition, in the US market, the Can-Am Commander 800 side-by-side vehicle has a $1,000 (USD) price drop for the new model year.

The Commander Limited packages wear new Fox 2.0 QS3 Podium shocks offering tool-free adjustments to compression and numerous fine-tuning ranges for outstanding ride quality. A Bluetooth connector was also included as part of the Limited package.

Additional Can-Am SSV Lineup Improvements

  • 30-inch (76.2 cm) ITP Cryptid Mud Tires: Standard on Maverick X mr and Maverick MAX X mr
  • New Gen2 Can-Am Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)


  • Intense Red — Defender MAX DPS HD8, Commander XT 800R and Commander XT 1000R
  • Pure Magnesium Metallic — Defender MAX DPS HD10
  • Pure White — Commander 800R, Maverick xc 1000R
  • Green — Commander DPS 800R, Commander DPS 1000R, Commander MAX DPS 800R, Commander MAX DPS 1000R
  • Brushed Aluminum Metallic and Can-Am Red — Commander XT 800R, Commander XT 1000R, Commander MAX XT 1000R
  • Triple Black — Commander Limited 1000R
  • White and Can-Am Red — Maverick xc DPS 1000R, Maverick DPS 1000R, Maverick MAX DPS 1000R
  • Black and Can-Am Red — Maverick X xc 1000R
  • Black and Octane Blue— Maverick X xc 1000R
  • Carbon Black and Sunburst Yellow — Maverick X mr 1000R, Maverick MAX X mr 1000R
  • Platinum Satin — Maverick X3 X ds TURBO R, Maverick X3 X rs TURBO R, Maverick X3 MAX X ds TURBO R, Maverick X3 MAX X rs TURBO R

Can-Am ATVs

Can-Am ATVs have long been recognized for their industry-leading performance, precision-engineered handling and rider-focused design and those key pillars have been reinforced for 2018. The Can-Am ATV lineup now includes more specialty vehicles, additional value-driven vehicles, as well as product enhancements and several new colorations giving consumers more choices.

Inspired by a Can-Am “heritage model” unveiled in 2011, the 2018 Outlander X xc 1000R ATV makes a triumphant return, but with more performance and exciting features. The true crossover-type Sport-Rec performance 4x4 ATV, which includes the DPS package features, is powered by the vigorous 89-hp Rotax 1000R liquid-cooled V-Twin engine. Fox Podium 1.5 RC2 shocks offer adjustments for rebound and compression (dual speed) and nine inches (22.9 cm) of travel. New 14-inch beadlock wheels with ITP Terracross tires provide the necessary and dependable traction for transferring the power to the ground. Separate front and rear hand brake controls, aluminum pre-runner front bumper and full skid plate, Can-Am X-Team-inspired paint (new Black, Hyper Silver and Sunburst Yellow) and decals enhance the racing-inspired package.

Powered by either a 62 hp Rotax V-Twin 650 or 78 hp Rotax 850 engine, the all-new Outlander North Edition ATV is designed to be the ultimate for cold weather and is appropriately dressed in new white plastic. The Outlander North Edition includes a full windshield, mud guards, heated grips, throttle and visor outlets for driver and passenger (MAX package only). For work, the ATV has an extra low L gear for plowing snow and includes a 3,000-lb. (1,361 kg) Warn winch. High-traction foot pegs, promise sure footedness for the driver, while new ITP Terracross tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels ensure ample traction for the vehicle. The package, which includes Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering, has a starting price of $10,699 (USD).

The Can-Am Outlander Mossy Oak Hunting Edition ATV package has been enhanced and also now includes even more value with the addition of the new Outlander Mossy Oak Hunting Edition 450 ATV (starting at $8,899 USD) and its class-leading 38 hp single-cylinder Rotax engine. Additional engine packages include the 48 hp Rotax 570 and 89 hp Outlander 1000R Rotax V-Twins. The Mossy Oak Hunting Edition ATVs have comfort and convenience features like heated grips and thumb throttle, reinforced seat skin, black cast-aluminum wheels and a Warn Winch. Full skid plates and new A-arm guards provide ample underside protection in rugged terrain. For outstanding concealment, the units all feature a Can-Am exclusive water-dipped Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo.

Additional Can-Am ATV Lineup Improvements

  • 30-inch (76.2 cm) ITP Cryptid mud tires: Standard on Outlander X mr 850, Outlander X mr 1000R and Renegade X mr 1000R
  • 28-inch (71.1 cm) ITP Mega Mayhem mud tires: Standard on Outlander X mr 570, Outlander X mr 650 and Renegade X mr 570
  • 26-inch (66 cm) Carlisle ACT tires: Standard on Outlander 6x6 DPS 650


  • Intense Red — Outlander XT/Outlander MAX XT (570/650/850/1000R)
  • White — Outlander North Edition, Outlander MAX North Edition (650/850)
  • Green — Outlander 6x6 DPS 650
  • Brushed Aluminum and Can-Am Red — Outlander XT/Outlander MAX XT (650/850/1000R)
  • Can-Am Red and Black — Outlander X mr (570/650/850/1000R)
  • Carbon Black and Can-Am Red — Renegade X mr 1000R
  • Carbon Black and Sunburst Yellow — Outlander X mr 1000R, Renegade X mr 1000R
  • Black, Hyper Silver and Sunburst Yellow — Outlander X xc 1000R
  • Orange — Outlander DPS (450/570/650/1000R), Outlander MAX DPS (450/570/650)
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