Case IH used the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. to unveil is new Magnum 370 CVT tractor, which will arrive in dealerships in late 2012.

According to Case IH, the new Magnum is the highest horsepower mechanical front drive in the industry with 419 maximum boosted engine horsepower.

Additionally, Case IH will offer operator-friendly Case IH Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) technology across the entire Magnum lineup, including the current 235, 260, 290, 315 and 340 models.

“The new Magnum 370 CVT will represent our most powerful MFD tractor yet, and continue to deliver the efficient power that the Magnum Series is known for,” says John Bohnker, Case IH marketing manager for Magnum tractors. “This new addition to the Magnum Series is designed to deliver power to the ground with larger row crop implements such as planters, toolbars and strip-till rigs that bring economies of scale to large-acreage operations.”

The new Magnum 370 features the efficient 8.7L Case IH FPT engine. Case IH says its heavy-duty Surround Frame provides the framework needed to transfer high horsepower levels to the ground. To harness this added power, the new Magnum 370 features a heavier final drive and rear axle assembly. In addition, Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology allows the Magnum 370 to deliver maximum power with outstanding fuel efficiency and low operating cost.

“The new CVT transmission for the Magnum 235-370 models utilizes a similar design as the CVT in the current Magnum 180-225 Series, providing excellent mechanical efficiency through a four-gear range system,” says Bohnker. “With the Case IH CVT transmission, you can go from 0 to 30 mph without having to manually shift.

“Since the MultiControl handle operates like a propulsion lever, you have more opportunity to concentrate on the task at hand. You get the optimum combination of power, efficiency and ease of operation. CVT allows your tractor to find the sweet spot between power and efficiency, honing in on the optimal combination of engine RPM and transmission gear for the task.”

Case IH says its new CVT transmission provides smooth operation with seamless shifting and a continuous selection of working speeds. The simplicity of Case IH CVT technology is designed to make it easy for less experienced operators and hired help. Operators can utilize the MultiControl Armrest to control the CVT transmission in a manner similar to, yet even easier to operate than, traditional Case IH full Powershift transmissions.

“With the new CVT transmission and added power in the Magnum 370, producers can take on today’s bigger planting and tillage tools, allowing producers to expand their operation,” says Bohnker. “We’re excited to give farmers a first look at these productivity upgrades this fall.”