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The Caterpillar 982M Wheel Loader is released by Caterpillar late 2013. The new all-purpose Caterpillar 982M joins the Medium Wheel Loader program. In 2021 Caterpillar launched as its successor Caterpillar 982 XE "Next Gen" Wheel Loader.

So at present, the Caterpillar 982 XE "Next Gen" Wheel Loader is the flagship of the 982 family. Powered by a Caterpillar C13 ACERT Engine providing 404 hp, an operating weight of 78,264 lb. and a bucket capacity from 6.25 - 22.5 yd3 a serious piece of machinery in the Medium Wheel Loader types made by Caterpillar.

Sofar two 1:50th scale models of the 982 series Wheel Loaders have now been released. Norscot launched the Caterpillar 982M in 2014 and Diecast Masters followed in 2015 with their version of the 982M in their diecast “High Line Series”. At the start of 2023, Diecast Masters will release the Caterpillar 982 XE "Next Gen" Wheel Loader and so we will be completely up to date within the scale model range as well!

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