Earlier this month John Deere announced the addition of a four seat model to their XUV line. The XUV 825i S4 is a crossover UTV designed to be used for work and recreational riding. There is also a diesel powered version, the XUV 855D S4. An important feature of the vehicle is a convertible rear seat cargo space that offers under seat storage in the four passenger configuration. In the two passenger configuration there is more cargo space and an additional 400 lbs of payload capacity. Other key features include:
- 50 hp, 812 cc, inline 3-cylinder engine
- Electronic fuel injection
- Top-speed of 44 mph
- Fully locking 4-wheel drive system
- Fully independent, double wishbone suspension with 8 inches of wheel travel and 11 inches of ground clearance
- Power steering, with anti-kickback feature
- 16.4 cubic feet cargo box with a 1,000 pound payload capacity
- Diesel engine version has a 23 hp, liquid cooled 3-cylinder diesel engine
There are also upgrades for the XUV 825i, 625i and 855D including:
- New CVT transmission with dynamic downhill engine breaking
- Seven-gallon fuel tank with digital readout
- Digital display cluster standard for all the models
- Optional power steering for the 825i and 855D models.
Comment: This vehicle introduction continues the trend of four-seat vehicles entering the highly competitive recreational and crossover segment of the market. It started with four seat versions of the Polaris RZR 900 and Arctic Cat’s Wildcat in the pure recreation end of the market. Four seat versions will now be a standard element of product lines moving forward. The ability to carry one or more passengers comfortably is one of the reasons the UTV market is still experiencing customer conversion from the ATV market.