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New Gators Hit The Road | John Deere Announces New Crossover Utility Vehicles for Farming Market

New Gators Hit The Road | John Deere Announces New Crossover Utility Vehicles for Farming Market

Built with high performance for agriculture and the outdoor enthusiast market, John Deere has just introduced its all-new Gator crossover utility vehicles [4] (XUV), available exclusively at John Deere dealerships and on www.JohnDeere.com [5].

Headlining the three Gators is the all new 825i, the fastest and most powerful Gator ever produced, says David Gigandet, tactical marketing manager for utility vehicles.

The 50-hp 825i is the highest-powered engine in its class with plenty of low-end torque for taking on tough tasks and terrain. The engine is an 812-cc, liquid-cooled, inline 3-cylinder featuring 4 valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams and electronic fuel injection.

What farmers will likely appreciate is the 44-mph top speed. “It’s the fastest Gator we’ve ever built,” says Gigandet, pointing out that the first Gator was introduced in 1993.

Also, the XUV models have a redesigned front and rear independent suspension, plus a new twin-piston braking system with larger front rotors that improve stopping performance by 80% over previous models.

The 825i also features 1,500 lbs. of towing and 1,400 lbs. of payload capacity, with 16.4 cu. ft. of capacity in the factory-installed spray-in bed liner. The sides of this cargo box are removable, giving the user a flatbed that’s easy to load and unload from any side. Also included are 20 integrated tie-down points.

In addition, John Deere unveils the 625i and the 855D to its crossover utility vehicles. The 625i (formerly 620i) is a 617-cc, liquid-cooled V-twin engine with 23 hp and 30-mph top speed.

The 855D (formerly 850D) is diesel powered with an 854-cc, liquid-cooled 3-cylinder engine with 25 hp and 35-mph top speed.

All Gators are built in Horicon, WI, and have a full line of available attachments. Electronic power steering will be an option on the 825i and 855D, available January 2011.

John Deere has also introduced the R-Gator [6] (robotic) or unmanned ground vehicle, primarily for military use. It’s a stand-alone autonomous vehicle with a rugged, versatile platform for tactical payloads.

Driverless, the R-Gator is maneuvered with a handheld control much like you’d see with an Xbox system. Technology that’s now common on tractors and combines is being integrated into this R-Gator, explains Kurt Vander Weil, John Deere R-Gator specialist.

John Deere has long assisted the U.S. military with a military grade of olive-colored utility vehicles.

August 2010