The Best-Selling Diesel Utility Vehicles in North America
In 1974, Kubota Tractor Corp. launched the first 12-hp, four-wheel-drive compact tractor in the United States. Since 2004, Kubota RTVs have been the best-selling diesel utility vehicles in North America, according to Power Products Marketing’s North American Utility Vehicle Report. The new RTV-X1120, Kubota’s latest addition to the line, is Kubota’s most well-equipped utility vehicle at the best price among its competition, says the company. Designed for the commercial customers who use these machines for heavy-duty work every day, the Kubota RTV-X1120 combines Kubota quality with enhanced power, torque and performance at a starting price point of $13,999 MSRP.
The RTV-X1120 features a 24.8-gross-hp diesel engine, dependable and ready for any job. Kubota-built and all-terrain proven, the three-cylinder, liquid-cooled diesel engine has a well-earned reputation for providing extra acceleration and climbing power. The engine and VHT-X transmission provide a top speed of 29 mph as well as plenty of hill-climbing power. With the increased speed comes an increased dynamic load, so the RTV-X1120 comes equipped with three-point seat belts for safety. Kubota’s X Series was designed for comfort and convenience under tough working conditions, and the RTV-X1120 includes style and creature comforts found in the RTV-X family. Designed for reducing operator fatigue during long work days, the RTV-X1120 features new shoulder restraints for the operator and passenger, ergonomically designed 60:40 split bucket seats, digital dashboard display, fully hydraulic power steering, easily accessible parking brake and large under seat storage compartments.
Also new to 2018 is the Kubota RTV-XG850 Sidekick. The introduction of Kubota’s new Sidekick has been highly anticipated by dealers and customers alike as it is Kubota’s fastest utility vehicle yet, with a powerful 48-hp gasoline engine, delivering speeds of up to 40 mph, compared to the top speed of 29 mph for its RTV-X models. Designed for easy handling at any speed, the Sidekick offers a comfortable drive with its enhanced speed-sensitive Electronic Power Steering (EPS), improving both handling and stability. Tuned front and rear independent suspension offers a consistently smooth ride, and engine-assisted braking allows for greater control and increased safety during descents. A selectable, full-time, four-wheel drive system gives the operator traction and control on terrain. The Kubota Sidekick will be available at Kubota dealers in late 2018.
Advice to Buyers
“I would recommend that contractors consider a gear-box-driven PTO and quick-attach system, which allows operators to switch from one attachment to another in a matter of seconds,” says Roger Gifford, Kubota product manager, RTVs.