Increased power and ground clearance, a higher top speed and improved suspension are features of the latest addition to the award-winning Gator range. The new XUV 850D 4×4 Gator utility vehicle from John Deere is designed for greater off-road and rough-terrain performance, and is available from the full John Deere dealer network from August 2008.
The XUV Gator’s 24hp (850cc) liquid-cooled, three-cylinder Yanmar diesel engine is the most powerful and quickest accelerating in its class, with the fastest top speed at 30mph (in high range). Advanced clutching ensures smooth power delivery and engine braking assistance from the dual range constantly variable transmission.
All round independent suspension offers improved handling, operator comfort and ride quality, with 175mm (7in) of suspension travel and 270mm (nearly 11in) of ground clearance, aided by larger wheels and tyres. This enables the XUV Gator to follow rough and bumpy terrain with ease while keeping all four wheels firmly on the ground, whether the vehicle is fully loaded or unladen. Maximum capacity of the steel tipping cargo box is 453kg, while total payload capacity is 635kg and towing capacity is 590kg on level terrain.
Based on a hydroformed steel frame for increased durability, the XUV Gator also offers the only true four-wheel drive traction system on the utility vehicle market. Activated by a simple dash-mounted electronic rocker switch, this on-demand system incorporates lockable front and rear differentials to maintain excellent traction in the toughest ground conditions.
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