The UTV Originator Still Has a Giant Product Line
John Deere invented the utility vehicle category in 1987 with the introduction of the five-wheeled AMT 600/622. In 1992, the first John Deere Gator models came to market.
The Work Series models emerged in 2004 with the TS, TX and TH providing customers options. That same year the HPX became the first 4×4 Gator model. Between 2007 and 2011, John Deere launched its cross-over category with the XUV 620i, XUV 625i, XUV 825i, XUV 855D and the XUV 550 and 550 S4. In 2013, two heavy-duty, four-seat models were introduced. John Deere currently has 14 models geared for the commercial contractor. The XUV 825i is the most popular Gator on the market today, says Deere. This four-wheel-drive, heavy-duty model features a 16-ft cargo box that can convert to a flatbed and has numerous attachment options and storage.
The Gator CX is a 4×2 model with an 8.5-hp engine. The Gator TS features 11 hp and a large cargo capacity combined with a light footprint on turf. The Gator TX features an increase in horsepower from the TS (15.5 hp) and delivers more torque, low-end lugging power and faster acceleration. The 4×2 model delivers a well-cushioned ride with a specially tuned four-wheel suspension. More power, more capacity and more wheels on the ground highlight the Gator TH 6×4 gas (15.5-hp) and diesel (18.5-hp) models.
The Gator HPX 4×4 is the fastest work utility vehicle in the Gator lineup with a top speed of 25 mph, but it’s also the most terrain capable with true four-wheel drive and a dual range CVT transmission.
The TX and TH models come equipped with a deluxe cargo box that has 16.4 cu ft of capacity, 20 integrated, tie-down points and converts to a useful flatbed mode. John Deere’s newest models are the XUV 825i S4 and XUV 855D S4. These Gators allow for four passengers and convertible rear seat cargo space.
Advice to Buyers
“The best advice we can give is to understand how you plan on using the new utility vehicle,” says Kevin Lund, John Deere product line marketing manager for utility vehicles. “Visit your local dealer and talk with them about your needs and then demo the unit to make sure it fits the right application.”