Bobcat is introducing two new UTVs for 2015, the three-passenger 3400 and six-passenger 3400XL. They feature improved suspensions, higher payload and towing ratings, faster travel speed and more integrated accessories, according to the company.
Both models are available with either a 40 horsepower, 570cc, fuel-injected, gas engine or a 24 horsepower, 1120cc, diesel mated to a two-range CVT transmission. And those power train combinations can get the two 3400s down the road at speeds up to 65 KPH (40 MPH). They also get change-on-the-go four-wheel drive.
Underneath, the machines get a full skid plate to protect them from uneven terrain, along with an optional brush guard on the front to minimize the risk of body damage when charging through pasture bush.
Front suspension is an adjustable, independent A-arm configuration, while the rear uses a multi-link system. That, the company claims, gives these models an improved turning radius, increased load capacity and improved traction along with a smoother ride.
The 3400 and 3400XL also get some improved body styling. Front and rear windows, a roof and canvas or hard-shell doors can be added as options to improve operator comfort. And once installed, doors can simply be lifted off their hinges if you want to enjoy a ride in nice weather. In fact, converting these models from an open station to a fully enclosed modular cab only takes a few minutes.
To add to the operator comforts is standard power steering and a tilt wheel. Occupants ride on a standard, three-passenger bench seat. The XL model includes a similar rear seat, which doubles the passenger capacity count to six. And for cold weather operation, a dealer-installed cab heater is available. There is also increased storage area in the passenger area, with under-seat compartments.
Behind the cab, the cargo bed, which is 168 millimetres (7 inches) longer than previous models, is rated for 568 kilograms (1,250 pounds) of payload. A standard manual or optional hydraulic dump feature let you unload it in a hurry.
To make these models more versatile, a winch-operated snow blade is available to help keep the farm tidy in winter. And a 228 litre (60 U.S. gallon) spray tank can be mounted in the bed for spot control of weeds or spreading fertilizer.