John Deere Unveils 2013 Gator Heavy-Duty XUV Models

Published in the April 2013 Issue April 2013 Powersport News

John Deere on Feb. 5 introduced its 2013 Heavy-Duty Crossover Utility Vehicle (XUV) lineup featuring the all-new, fastest, most powerful four-seat Gator available, plus updates to current models.

Outdoor enthusiasts sharing the trail or worksite can now transport friends, family and gear in the all-new heavy-duty XUV 825i S4. This latest addition to the Gator family provides the durability and versatility owners expect around their property or off-road destination.


All New Four-Seat Gator XUV

“The introduction of the XUV 825i S4 is a reflection of the growing popularity of our crossover utility vehicles,” John Deere marketing manager David Gigandet said. “Customers wanted our heavy-duty XUV in a multi-passenger form that was comfortable and customizable. These new Gators provide an unparalleled balance of performance and work capability for all off-road challenges.”

To allow for extra passengers or needed cargo space, the XUV 825i S4 provides an innovative convertible rear seat cargo space. Two additional passengers can be transported in the rear seat area that includes a large under-seat storage compartment. And when more cargo room is needed, the rear seat folds down in just seconds, providing a flat platform with tie-down points that can hold an additional 400 lbs. of payload.

The XUV 825i S4 boasts the proven 50 hp, 812cc, inline 3-cylinder engine with EFI and dual overhead cams featured in the current 825i. This Gator also has a top speed of 44 mph and a fully-locking four-wheel drive system to quickly traverse all types of terrain. A best-in-class, fully independent, double wishbone suspension provides eight inches of wheel travel and up to 11 inches of ground clearance. Power steering with an anti-kickback feature comes standard on these new S4 models, providing operators easy vehicle control with only modest effort regardless of conditions.

The durable composite and metal hybrid cargo box carries on the Gator tradition of superior hauling capability on the S4 models. The large 16.4-cubic-foot cargo box has a 1,000-pound payload capacity. It features over 20 integrated tie-down points, a truck-style tailgate and removable sides for a flatbed mode.

The new Heavy-Duty S4 is also available with diesel power. The XUV 855D S4 is powered by a 23-horsepower liquid-cooled 3-cylinder diesel engine.


2013 XUV Line Updates

The XUV 825i now comes standard with dynamic downhill engine braking, due to a new tight belt continuous variable transmission (CVT). Plus, a new seven-gallon fuel tank with digital readout on the dash adds 40 percent more fuel capacity and eliminates the analog dial. The XUV 625i and XUV 855D will also feature these upgrades, as well as the digital display cluster from the 825i as standard equipment. Power steering is now optional for both the 825i and 855D models.

“Constant focus on our customers enables us to deliver ongoing improvements like this to our portfolio of XUVs,” said Gigandet.

All Gator XUVs are available in Realtree Hardwoods HD Camo, olive and black or John Deere green and yellow color schemes. There are also more than 75 factory- and dealer-installed attachments available to customize them.

Visit your local John Deere dealer or to learn more.

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