According to Valtra, the average power of tractors sold in the UK is now approaching the 120hp mark.

For this reason the number of machines it offers in the 100-150hp bracket continues to grow.

To cover this segment the Finnish firm has launched a new tractor range which is said to be 100% Valtra-built – not sharing a common platform with other Agco-owned brands such as MF – although the tractors do use Fendt’s front axle suspension.

Unveiled at the Agritechnica show in Hanover this week, six models make up the N-series range – available in three different specification levels, Classic, Hi-tech and Advanced – rising in sophistication as the names suggest.

Smaller tractors in the range are powered by 4.4-litre, four-cylinder Sisu engines, while the two top-end models use a new 4.9-litre unit with common rail injection and a power boost in transport mode.

Transmission specification depends on the model designation, the Classic being a 24 forward x 24 reverse synchro-box with a mechanical shuttle.

The Hi-Tech transmission is identical, but includes an electro-hydraulic clutchless shuttle and optional creeper gears.

Advanced models use the top spec transmission, which repeats the Hi-Tech layout, but includes automated shifting in medium and high range.

Both the lower specification models feature mechanically-operated spool valves while Advanced versions employ armrest-mounted electronic controls.

Valtra says that, as a result of using four cylinder engines, the new N-series tractors are compact enough to work in cramped conditions.

Maximum height on 18.4R34 tyres is 2.8m.

fwmachinery@rbi.co.uk