John Deere expands Gator utility vehicle range for 2016

John Deere has added three new models to its Gator crossover 4x4 utility vehicle range, including a more affordable mid-size machine.

John Deere's XUV 560 Gator. Image: Supplied
John Deere's XUV 560 Gator. Image: Supplied

The Gator XUV 590i and 590i S4 four-passenger utility vehicles are both equipped as standard with power steering and an 875W/65A alternator to run auxiliary attachments such as lights, winches and sprayers without the risk of discharging the battery.

The 590i has a twin-cylinder 32hp, 586cc petrol engine and independent four-wheel suspension and can accelerate quickly to a top speed of over 45mph.

Ground clearance is a minimum of 267mm (10.5in) on the 590i, which has a load capacity of 363kg and a towing capacity of 499kg. The S4 version has a ground clearance of 236mm (9.3in), a load capacity of 544kg with the rear passenger seat folded down, and is also capable of towing up to 499kg.

Both Gators are have low noise and vibration levels, achieved by isolating the powertrain and utilising sound-dampening material around the engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) intakes.

The third vehicle is the new mid-size XUV 560, billed as the "more affordable" 4x4 utility vehicle. Like the XUV 590i two-person Gator, this model also has a minimum ground clearance of 267mm (10.5in), plus load and towing capacities of 363 and 499kg respectively.

Features on this machine include an ergonomic operator station, a quiet 16hp, 570cc V-twin petrol engine providing swift acceleration to a top speed of 28mph, independent four-wheel suspension and multiple attachment options. The carburettor is tuned for rapid throttle response, reliable cold-weather starting, smooth mid-range power delivery and quiet idling.

The XUV 560's roll-over protective structure provides easy entry and exit, three-point seat belts and side grab handles to ensure the operator and passenger are safe and well protected. This model also offers sealed underhood storage and features a large, one-piece cargo box made of a composite material that eliminates rust and dents and reduces noise. The truck-like tailgate can be opened with one hand, or removed for easier cleaning of the cargo area and to carry longer items.

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