There are three new versions of John Deere’s latest XUV Gator utility vehicle, which replaces the existing 850D model. These include the basic 855D in the company’s traditional green and yellow livery, and two models equipped with power steering in a choice of green and yellow or olive and black liveries. All retain the XUV’s true four-wheel drive traction system, activated by a dash-mounted electronic switch. This on-demand system incorporates lockable front and rear differentials to maintain excellent traction on all types of terrain.
The new Gator’s liquid cooled, three-cylinder diesel engine is rated at a full 25hp. This is the most powerful engine in its class, with the highest top speed at 32mph (52kph), working through the usual dual range constantly variable transmission. In addition, the 855D features a slightly wider footprint for extra stability, and now comes with a fully enclosed clutch and driveline to allow the vehicle to travel through water up to 56cm (22in) deep.
With the new power steering system, the faster you travel, the more responsive the steering becomes, controlled by a torque sensor and an on-board computer. In addition, the Gator’s new brake components double the braking force and reduce stopping distances, while improving the pedal feel. All models also have a new, more powerful parking brake.
Further improvements in steering and overall handling are delivered by the new suspension system, which provides 60 per cent more travel on the front wheels, at 203mm. and 29 per cent more on the rear wheels, at 229mm . The rear suspension is also adjustable, so that the ride can be tuned to suit personal preference and to handle any terrain, and ground clearance is 267mm .
Price of the new John Deere XUV 855D 4×4 Gator utility vehicle for 2011 starts at £11,147 for the base machine (excluding VAT).
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