Deere expands Gator lineup, offers 4-passenger options
April 2, 2012
Filed under Features
Mid-Duty XUV 550, 550 S4 added to crossover line
The new John Deere Gator Mid-Duty XUV 550 and 550 S4 crossover utility vehicles offer off-road performance, improved comfort, cargo versatility and the ability to transport up to four people across the most challenging landscapes.
“These new vehicles provide an unparalleled balance of off-road performance and work capability at a very affordable price,” said David Gigandet, tactical marketing manager, Gator utility vehicles. “The new John Deere Gator XUV 550 and 550 S4 are a great compliment to our popular lineup of XUVs and offer the most comfortable way to get you, your crew and all your supplies to those hard-to-reach destinations.”
With best-in-class, fully independent, double wishbone suspension, the Gator XUV 550 and 550 S4 provide nine inches of wheel travel, and up to 10.5 inches of ground clearance to smooth out the ride. In addition, for the 550, consumers can choose from either standard high back bucket seats or bench seats. The 550 S4 comes standard with two rows of bench seats.
“Operators will not only appreciate the smooth ride, they’ll love the all-new ergonomically designed operator station,” Gigandet said. “The development of these new Gators started in the operator’s station, so they offer ample leg room, storage and dash mounted automotive-type controls.”
The Gator XUV 550 and 550 S4 deliver mid-duty work capability with speed and ease. Both vehicles have a top speed of 28 mph and 4-wheel drive to quickly traverse all types of terrain. The 16 hp, 570cc, air-cooled, V-twin gas engine provides greater speed and horsepower than most vehicles in its class, and the cargo box can carry up to 400 pounds of gear. In addition, the 550 is small enough to fit in the bed of a standard pick-up truck.
For a larger crew and cargo versatility, the 550 S4 provides rear seat flexibility. Two additional passengers can be transported in the rear seat, or if more cargo capacity is needed, the rear seat flips down to become a cargo rack.
“The rear seat flexibility in the Gator XUV 550 S4 is truly innovative,” Gigandet said. “The S4 can transport up to four people, but for the times when you need to carry more gear, the backseat can become more useful in seconds and increase your cargo space by 32 percent.”
The new Gator XUV 550 models are available in Realtree Hardwoods HD Camo or traditional John Deere green and yellow.
There are also over 75 available attachments and accessories to customize all Gator XUV models, such as cabs, brush guards and custom alloy wheels.
In addition to the XUV 550 and 550 S4, John Deere also offers the 625i, 825i and the 855D to round out its full line of crossover utility vehicles.