on Monday, February 15, 2021
John Deere is rolling out a new way of naming its construction equipment models with a change in model names designed to emphasize capability rather than age.
Deere is calling the new naming strategy "Performance Tiering" and the first machines to receive the new model naming treatment are Deere's midsize wheel loaders.
With these machines Deere is dropping the letter at the end of the model name that signified the machine's generation. Deere's newest loaders are part of its L-Series generation, so before this name change, each machine carried an L right after the model number. So, when you saw 644L, you knew that this was a 644 with features and capability introduced in 2020.
But Deere isn't dropping letters entirely. In place of the letter that indicated the model's generation is one of three letters meant to signify its performance and technology load-out. So, on the midsize loaders, the L has been replaced with either a G, P or X to denote the loader’s performance tier.
Each of the letters represents a set level of features, with G as the economy model and the newest addition to the Deere lineup; P with the same advanced features introduced with launch of the L Series models; and the X-tier, meant to denote the company’s hybrid diesel-electric technology and most advanced features.