What’s New On 2025 Ski-Doo Snowmobiles: An Overview

A lot of news was just released on the 2025 Ski-Doo snowmobiles. We shared our initial impressions on the MXZ X-RS models in this post.

     Here, we’ll hit the high points of what has changed, going segment by segment.

Ski-Doo 2025: MXZ and Renegade Trail Models

2025 Ski-Doo MXZ X-RS with Competition Package
2025 Ski-Doo MXZ X-RS with Competition Package

The big news from Ski-Doo’s trail models for 2025 – and in our not-so-humble opinion, the entire lineup – is a new front end on full-sized MXZ models.

     The new RAS RX geometry features a spindle that is 26 mm higher that ties into an upper A-arm that is also raised by the same amount. The lower A-arm is mounted 11 mm higher than on the previous RAS X layout. If you do the math, that increased the gap between them by 15 mm, which designers say raises the sled’s roll center, putting it closer to the sled’s center of gravity.

     Also, there’s new sway bar linkage, longer steering arms, the lower mounts for the shocks have been moved outboard a little bit and about an inch of travel has been added to the front end. There’s also more trail in the ski mount location for added stability.

2025 Ski-Doo Renegade Adrenaline
Changes to Ski-Doo’s 2025 Renegade lineup are limited to the functionality of the gauge plus the expansion of the four-piston brake caliper.

     The goal of all of this change was to increase cornering stability by controlling chassis roll, offer better straight-line tracking through bumps and increase travel. And you’ll see in our review, our first impression is that it nailed its goals.

     Also new for 2025 in the MXZ and Renegade lineups:

  • A new Pilot RX ski that features a stepped keel design. It’ll be standard on spring-order-only MXZ models (X-RS and X), whereas only the new geometry comes on in-season MXZ models.
  • The MXZ X-RS with Competition Package can be ordered for 2025 with the self-adjusting SmartShox semi-active suspension system.
  • The 10.25-inch touchscreen display will come with on-screen mapping for 2025 – you don’t have to hook up your phone to track your ride and have mapping in front of your face.
  • The high-performance four-piston brake caliper gets spread from the X-RS to X models in both Renegade and MXZ models for 2025.
  • 600-class MXZ buyers will be able to get SmartShox, the 10.25-inch display and other upgrades previously reserved for the 850-class.
  • The four-stroke dominated Renegade models stick with the previous RAS X suspension geometry.   

2025 Backcountry Crossover Models

The Backcountry lineup features several notable changes for model year 2025.

     It starts with power. The high-output Rotax 850 E-TEC Turbo R has been a darling in the brand’s mountain sleds and then last year came to MXZ trail sleds. Skipped over in the middle were the brand’s loyal extreme crossover customers. Until now, that is.

     The 180-horsepower boosted two-stroke twin will be available in the Backcountry lineup for 2025.

     Beyond that:

  • A Backcountry X-RS buyer will have the option of choosing a wider ski stance. The machine can either be ordered with the nimble 39-inch stance that is more friendly in off-trail maneuvers, or opt for the full-width 43-inch stance that comes with the new RAS RX geometry and Pilot RX skis found on MXZs.
  • The 43-inch-wide X-RS package also comes with either a Storm or Ice Storm (pre-studded) 150 track to match its more trail-oriented focus.
  • The updates and phone-less mapping on the touch-screen gauge are also found here.
  • Backcountry Adrenaline and Sport models return unchanged.

2025 Ski-Doos: Deep Snow

2025 Summit Freeride
The 2025 Summit Freeride

There are a handful of changes with the mountain/deep-snow-focused Summit and Freeride lines.

     Let’s get into it:

  • A rack steering system was added to the hard-charging Freeline lineup, with the goal of giving more precise steering to the aggressive riders these machines serve.
  • Three-position KYB Pro 36 EA-3 piggyback shocks were added to the Summit X with Expert Package, along with new track options.
  • The Summit X, meanwhile, gets lighter KYB Plus shocks up front plus a smaller and lighter seat. Combined, they drop about 1.5 pounds off the machine’s dry weight.
  • The updates and phone-less mapping on the touch-screen gauge are also found here.
  • The entry-level, down-sized Summit Neo models get a notable power upgrade in the 600 two-stroke twin they share. The standard Neo jumps from its previous 40 HP to the 55 HP version previously found in the Summit Neo+. That Summit Neo+ in turn uses the 85 HP version of that motor previously utilized in the Summit Sport.
2025 Ski-Doo Summit with Expert Package
Buyers of the 2025 Ski-Doo Summit with Expert Package have interesting new color combos to consider.

2025 Ski-Doos: Utility & Touring

Ski-Doo is bringing back an incredibly deep line of utility and touring machines. The brand has strong market share in all segments of the snowmobile market, but it truly dominates in this playground.

     For the vast majority of the Tundra (LE and Sport), Skandic (LE, SE and Sport), Expedition (LE, SE, Sport and Xtreme) and Grand Touring (LE, Sport and Electric) lines, the only thing that changes is colors and graphics for 2025.

     However, there is one big step the company is making with a new Expedition Electric that will be available to a broader audience. When the company released its first electric-powered sled last year (the Grand Touring Electric), it was exclusive to rental operators in Ski-Doo’s Uncharted Society program.

2025 Ski-Doo Grand Touring Electric
The 2025 Ski-Doo Grand Touring Electric has a new sibling machine in the Expediton lineup.

     For 2025, the new Expedition Electric expands Ski-Doo’s reach. However, because the sled features a power-robbing 15- by 137- by 1.6-inch Cobra track, designers are claiming a range of only 30 kilometers – or 18.6 miles.


10 thoughts on “What’s New On 2025 Ski-Doo Snowmobiles: An Overview

  • Avatar for Viking

    Ski-Doo missed a great opportunity to increase market share by moving the 600 to a 670 or 700 cc two stroke to beat the Polaris 650 and moving the 850 to a 1,000 and calling them the Return of the Machs, i.e. the Mach 1 670 and the Mach Z 1,000.

    • Avatar for Lenn

      Exactly, a 700 class snowmobile is what most people need. 👍

    • Avatar for kenny mcnally

      i agree on “1” thing old mach’s never die … 779 and 670 still the best

      • Avatar for Bob

        Why did Ski-Doo choose not to install the
        new 4-piston brake in the Back Country?

  • Avatar for Jason Nickel

    I think the addition of a 700 etec would be an excellent addition to the lineup. Bring back the old standard analog gauge like my 2015
    Renegade has. All my buddies with new gauge are having issues. Some cool Color options for the neo would be nice too.

  • Avatar for Russ Shewchuk

    Ski doo definitely has to bump the 600 to minimum 650. With their current technology this could give them a sled in the 135-140 hp range with the best fuel and oil consumption of ANY snowmobile on the market, along with top in class performance.

    I currently have an XRS 2023 600R and it has great throttle response and good top end but falls short of the Polaris 650 motor.

    A 650R Mxz 137 x- package with the new front end and Rmotion in the rear could very well be the best selling snowmobile of all time from Ski doo, and any other manufacturer.

    I am willing to bet the above sled will be released for spring order 2026 and I will be the first in line to buy one at my local dealer in Gimli Manitoba Canada.
    I also have a 2022 Mach Z, which I will be holding onto and not letting go anytime soon!

  • Avatar for Viking

    Ski-Doo will pick up a lot of market share in 2025 MY from Polaris but I forecast a drop in sales volume for all brands and total sales below 100,000 units due to sky high prices, climate change, low snow last year, higher gas prices, etc.

  • Avatar for John Zeglin

    As I am not getting any younger, power steering would intrigue me quite a bit.

    Never tried one of the competitors but I would consider it on my next Doo.

  • Avatar for DFJ150

    BRP engineers dropped the ball again. Despite new features, the BRP Go app STILL requires linkage to a phone to provide group ride and route planning features. This makes my decision on a new Summit or Freeride a hard no until they catch up to Polaris (who have had these features for years). Given the size of the company, this is absolutely unacceptable, and will keep a lot of Ski Doo faithful from ordering new sleds.

    • Avatar for Bob

      Total agree, now spending almost 20,000 on a new sled. What’s up Ski-Doo let’s fix this now. So behind the times. Polaris & Arctic Cat figured it out!


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