NewAg XL telehandler from Manitou

Manitou Group is expanding its NewAg XL telehandler range with the high-performance MLT 961-160 V+L model for intensive applications

Its latest telehandler can handle loads of up to six tonnes, with a lifting height of nine metres, and is intended for large farms, cooperatives, agro-industry, and waste disposal sites. This model will be available in Australasia with a Stage IIIA engine.

This produces 156hp (418kW) delivering 805Nm of torque at 1350rpm and a hydraulic flow of 200 litres per minute. A new 4500-litre bucket, which has been specifically designed and approved for the new MLT 961-160 V+ L, has a width of 2.7 metres, which is wider than the machine. This allows users to avoid driving over the material while increasing work output, says Manitou Group.


The CVT M-Vario Plus transmission offers the user the choice of two modes with a maximum speed of 40km/h. Comfort mode provides a smooth ride for more precision and dynamic mode generates faster acceleration for greater productivity. The drawbar pull has also improved, increased by more than 30% compared with the previous MLT 961 version.

“The new engine delivers 10% more power than the previous version and a torque increase of 50%,” says Manitou Group product manager Arnaud Sochas.

“Combined with the high-capacity 4500-litre bucket, this comprehensive machine/attachment solution ensures a very high work output in the most intensive loading and recovery applications.”

To achieve even greater gains, the HighView camera option, fitted to the boom head, allows the operator to see inside the trailer to optimise filling operations.

The cabin reduces noise levels to just 69dbA for a quiet operator environment. Safety features include lighting under the door, which improves visibility on the Easy-Step when getting in and out of the driver’s cabin, and the cabin has been repositioned higher up for an optimal view all around the machine.


Available optionally or as standard on the Platinum finish, a new adaptive air suspension seat with heating and electric lumbar adjustment reduces vibrations by more than 50%, says the company. To further reduce fatigue, the JSM Autopower function allows the operator to control the engine speed directly with the joystick without using the accelerator pedal or the manual accelerator. Specific storage spaces are provided, including a toolbox fitted under the cabin for easier access.

Dealers can carry out diagnostics remotely, so users benefit from improved service and have better control over the costs related to the use of their machine. In addition, Manitou Group offers a comprehensive range of services associated with this model, including a maintenance contract on all parts or even a warranty extension of up to six years or 6000 hours.

Maintenance is simplified with a rapid-opening cleaning hatch in front of the radiator. To reduce maintenance costs, an integrated air pre-filter is positioned on the engine hood and hydraulic oil change intervals are now 2000 hours. Options such as Ecostop (configurable automatic engine stop) and the centralised automatic greasing system are also available.

The MLT 961 NewAg XL model is available in four levels of finish: Classic, Premium, Elite, and Platinum.

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