Wednesday 25 January 2012
John Deere already manufactures the largest range of utility vehicles in the industry, and the new XUV 550 and XUV 550 S4 Gators extend the range even further.
These completely new 4x4 Gators, in green and yellow livery, will be available in both two and four-passenger versions – the latter being a first for John Deere – from spring 2012. They are smaller, lighter in weight and even more nimble than existing models, and are the perfect crossover vehicles for work and recreation.
To accommodate up to four people in comfort, the XUV 550 S4 model features a stretched chassis that adds a roomy rear bench seat to the two standard front bucket seats. With the flip of a lever, the rear seat can be converted in seconds to a cargo rack to provide additional carrying capacity for bulkier items. There is also plenty of storage space on both models, provided by a large sealed glove box and a sealed area under the bonnet.
A powerful 12.1kW (nominal power at 3600rpm) V-twin OHV air-cooled petrol engine provides brisk acceleration to a top speed of 45kph (28mph). The standard specification also includes a fully sealed and enclosed CVT transmission, all-round hydraulic disc brakes and a best in class ground clearance of 262mm (10.3in), with underbody skid protection optionally available.
Fully independent all wheel suspension provides 229mm (9in) of wheel travel at the front and 203mm (8in) at the rear. This gives a smooth, comfortable ride and superior traction both on and off the road, with or without loads. An integrated winch with recovery loops is available as an option, for use in more demanding terrain.
The durable composite cargo box carries up to 181kg, and can be lifted from both sides. The removable tailgate features truck-style latching for easy operation with one hand, and there are multiple integrated tie-down points on the inside and outside of the cargo box for securing loads safely. Using the standard heavy-duty 51mm (2in) rear receiver hitch, the vehicles can also tow up to 500kg.
A wide range of attachments and options will be available for the new XUV 550 Gators, including half poly or glass windshields and a poly roof, which can be built into a fully enclosed cab if required. Further options will include a front brush guard and rear bumper, additional front lights, a rear screen and a rail system for the cargo box.