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John Deere doubles down on operator comfort in new premium Gator

The XUV 865R Gator from John Deere. Photo: John Deere.

The new XUV 865R builds off of the established XUV 865M to provide operators with the next level in comfort and operation.

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12 February 2020 | 0

The new premium XUV 865R Gator from John Deere is the most comfortable model ever produced, according to the company, in their cross-over utility vehicle range.

The 23hp diesel-powered model combines the established high performance of the XUV 865M with a wide range of additional operator-friendly features, including a luxurious cab environment.

Standard specification includes a continuously variable transmission with on-demand four-wheel drive, power steering, fully independent suspension, and an attachment-ready electrical system.

The cab

The cab provides car-style seating for up to three people when driving off-road, as well as easy-opening door handles, a fully opening windscreen, and an efficient heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system.

The R-trim specification also provides the fully enclosed cab with a range of extra standard features, including an adjustable 40/60 bench seat, tilt-able steering-wheel, sun visors, a windshield wiper and washer, and electrical wiring for attachments, as well as high-and-low-beam LED headlights.

In addition, the cab features a tan-coloured interior that has been ergonomically redesigned, with the automotive-style controls now located in the centre of the dash.

The streamlined roof moves water to the outside edges, and both the high-level front and rear lights are set below the roof line for better protection.

The engine

The XUV 865R Gator is powered by an 854cc three-cylinder, liquid-cooled OHV diesel engine producing 23hp at 3600rpm, with a top speed of 50kph in high range.

The true four-wheel drive system has an auto-locking front differential and dash-mounted electronic rocker switch for easy operation.

To complement the robust frame, the vehicle is equipped with four-wheel independent suspension. This has been designed to provide a smooth ride and optimum load carrying ability over challenging terrain, without compromising ride quality or vehicle stability.

The cargo box

The versatile deluxe cargo box is made of a durable composite material that eliminates rust and dents and reduces noise. There is an automotive style tailgate handle and the rear lights are available with optional protectors. The cargo box can be easily converted to a flat-bed and has a load capacity of 454kg, while towing capacity is 900kg and total payload is 680kg.

For extra versatility the new John Deere XUV 865R Gator utility vehicle can be fitted with a wide range of attachments from snow blades to winches, and features a large 42-litre fuel tank for longer running between fill-ups.

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