Reflecting the growing popularity of crossover utility vehicles, John Deere’s latest heavy-duty Gator line-up features two new four-wheel drive models, the fast and powerful XUV 825i plus the four-passenger XUV 855D S4.
More power, speed and acceleration are provided by the XUV 825i Gator, which has been designed for drivers who demand advanced off-road performance, all-day riding comfort and the ability to cope with extreme terrain. Gators have always been known for their durability, versatility and safety – the XUV 825i maintains all of these core qualities, but the extra power and speed are what set it apart from the rest of the current range.
The XUV 825i is equipped with an 812cc, three-cylinder, liquid-cooled, dual OHC petrol engine producing 50hp and a top speed of 44mph, plus a 26.7-litre fuel tank. The engine incorporates electronic fuel injection for easy starting, which together with the new continuously variable transmission (CVT) air intake results in smoother automotive-style performance.
A fully locking four-wheel drive system allows this Gator model to cope easily with all types of terrain. The fully independent double wishbone suspension provides 203mm (8in) of wheel travel and up to 267mm (10.5in) of ground clearance. Power steering with an anti-kickback feature is standard, providing easy control of the vehicle with little effort, regardless of the driving conditions.
The cargo box is made of a 15 per cent glass-filled polypropylene composite material that eliminates rust and dents and reduces noise. The large, one-piece design provides a load capacity of 454kg, while towing capacity is 680kg and overall payload capacity is 635kg.
The John Deere XUV 825i Gator is available in the company’s traditional green and yellow livery.
Meanwhile, the XUV 855D S4 Gator utility vehicle combines versatile off-road performance, work capability and comfort for up to four passengers, with the same cargo box, towing and payload capacities as the XUV 825i. This new addition to the Gator family is powered by the proven 22hp three-cylinder liquid-cooled diesel engine featured on the current XUV 855D model; the S4 also has a top speed of 32mph, and comes with power steering as standard.
To allow for extra passengers or cargo space, the XUV 855D S4 features an easily convertible rear bench that folds down to provide a flat surface for extra storage. A spacious under-seat storage compartment is also included. The durable composite and metal hybrid cargo box carries on the Gator tradition of superior hauling capacity on this four-passenger model.
The John Deere XUV 855D S4 Gator is available in olive and black livery, and both new models can be ordered with a variety of factory and dealer installed options and attachments.
Main picture the XUV 825i, below the four-passenger XUV 855D S4