Deere takes a bigger bite of the XUV market with new Gators

  • 25-Jun-2010 09:00 EDT

At 50 hp (37 kW), Deere's Gator 825i XUV has the highest powered engine in its class for taking on tough tasks, trails, and terrain.

Deere describes its 2011 lineup of crossover utility vehicles (XUVs) as consisting of its most performance-driven Gators to date, for an "unparalleled balance" between work and recreation.

David Gigandet, Tactical Marketing Manager, Utility Vehicles, at Deere, says that "the brand new Gator XUV 825i [is] the fastest and most powerful ever produced."

Deere says the 825i's 50-hp (37-kW) inline engine is the most powerful in its class and was designed with a particular emphasis on low-end torque for taking on tough tasks. The three-cylinder, 815 cm³, liquid-cooled engine features four valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams, and electronic fuel injection (EFI). The 825i can travel at speeds up to 44 mph (70 km/h), said Gigandet.

All the new Gator XUV models have a completely redesigned front and rear independent suspension system for improved ride performance through rough terrain. The new models are designed for less body roll and superior side-hill stability with either no-load or maximum cargo. Also, all the models sport an entirely new braking system that improves stopping performance over previous models.

The 825i can tow 1500 lb (680 kg) and has a 1400-lb (635-kg) payload capacity. The all-new hybrid metal and composite cargo box offers 16.4 ft³ (0.46 m³) of capacity and an available factory-installed spray-in bed liner with 20 integrated tie downs to help keep cargo in place. The sides of the cargo box are removable, providing a flat bed that is easy to load and unload from any side.

In addition to the 825i, the 625i and the 855D round out the line of XUVs. The 23-hp (17 kW) 625i features a 617 cm³, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine with EFI that has a top speed of 30 mph (48 km/h). The 25-hp (19-kW) diesel-powered 855D features a 854 cm³, liquid-cooled, three-cylinder engine with a top speed of 35 mph (56 km/h) with a full clutch enclosure.

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