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Gators In The Wild

To give the Gator an even broader appeal, Deere introduced two XUV (crossover utility vehicle) versions early this summer for the 2010 model year. And the line grew by one more for 2011 with the recent introduction of the 825i.

“Headlining the 2011 XUV models will be the brand new Gator XUV 825i, the fastest and most powerful Gator ever produced,” says David Gigandet, tactical marketing manager, utility vehicles.

And to say the 825i will be fast is no exaggeration; it’s capable of speeds up to 44 m.p.h. (71 km/h.). You’ll be able to haul salt blocks out to the cattle in record time with that feature!

These three XUVs are designed with a mix of features that allow them to be as useful at work as they are at play. So they’ll do chores around the farm and take you hunting in the fall.

The 625i, 825i and 855D all include a redesigned front and rear independent suspension designed to provide less body roll and more stability on hillsides, even with a load. And when it comes to payload, the Gator XUVs can carry up to 1,400 lbs. (635 kg) and tow up to 1,500 lbs. (680 kg). To stop all that extra weight, these XUVs also offer a redesigned hydraulic disc braking system with improved performance.

The new Gators use a 16.4-cubic-foot cargo box made of a mix of metal and composite material. It has a factory-installed, spray-in bed liner to help prevent damage. There are 20 built-in tie-downs to keep loads secure, and the box sides are removable, transforming it into a flat deck.

If regular John Deere green clashes with your other equipment colors or you want to hide in the trees, all the Gator XUVs will be available in two other colors for the 2011 model year: olive and black or Realtree Hardwoods HD Cammo.

SPECIFICATIONS:

625i

Fuel:gas

Engine:Kawasaki 617 cc EFI V-twin, liquid cooled Horsepower:23

Top Speed:30 m.p.h. (48 km/h.) Transmission:two-range CVT

825i

Fuel:gas

Engine:812 cc EFI, three cylinder, four valves per cylinder Horsepower:50

Top speed:44 m.p.h. (71 km/h.) Transmission:two-range CVT

855D

Fuel:diesel

Engine:Yanmar 854 cc three-cylinder, liquid cooled Horsepower:25

Top speed:35 m.p.h. (56 k.p.h.) Transmission:two-range CVT

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