The deluxe cargo box consists of a 15 percent glass-filled polypropylene composite material that eliminates rust, dents, and reduces noise.
The tailgate can be opened or removed for easier cleanout and to carry longer items. The tailgate has been improved, features truck-like performance, and can be operated with one hand.
The standard installed lanyards can also be removed to lower the tailgate to 150 degrees for convenient loading and unloading tasks.
The deluxe cargo box is now easier to latch, unlatch, raise, and lower with the integrated handle design and gas assist.
A prop rod is provided to hold the box in the upright position for operator convenience, as well as limit box pivot travel.
The deluxe cargo box offers integrated tie-down points for increased versatility. Tie down points are located in the following areas:
The deluxe cargo box easily converts to a flat bed. The flatbed configuration allows loading larger cargo.
Standard accessories for deluxe cargo box include:
Optional accessories for the deluxe cargo box include:
|Length||1143 mm (45 in.)|
|Width||1320 mm (52 in.)|
|Depth||304 mm (11 in.)|
|Volume||0.46 m3 (16.4 cu ft)|
|Weight capacity||454 kg (1000 lb)|
|Dump angle||47 degrees|
To complement the most capable frame available in a high-performance utility vehicle, the XUV is equipped with four-wheel independent suspension.
A dual A-arm front and rear suspension provides a smooth ride over challenging terrain and excellent hauling characteristics.
The entire suspension system has been optimized to handle no cargo to maximum cargo without compromising ride quality or vehicle stability.
Dual A-arm independent rear suspension features include:
The Gator™ XUV Crossover Series Utility Vehicle has a precision-engineered drivetrain system that fully utilizes engine power, optimizing acceleration, hauling, towing, and hill-climbing capabilities. Power is transmitted from the engine through a continuously variable clutch system to the transaxle.
Key elements of the drive system include:
The variable-speed drive consists of two clutches and a drive belt:
How the variable-speed drive works:
This Gator™ XUV Crossover Utility Vehicle is equipped with power steering and a dual A-arm front suspension. These automotive-type systems exhibit excellent handling characteristics, as well as responsive steering and low steering effort:
Electric power assist steering (EPAS) system has advanced features:
With the EPAS system, the operator maintains a direct mechanical linkage from the steering wheel to the front wheels. The power steering system interfaces mechanically with the steering system by being inserted between the steering wheel and the rack and pinion assembly.
A differential torque sensor is integrated into the power steering assembly. The circuit board assembly is also integral with the power steering assembly.
Power steering does not reduce turning radius but significantly reduces steering effort, by approximately 85 percent compared to those models without power steering.
The numbered descriptions refer to the EPAS interface diagram shown above:
Ackerman steering design provides more responsive steering, decreases tyre wear when used on hard surfaces, and is turf friendly (see description below).
Minimal bump steer eliminates unintended vehicle direction changes when traversing terrain and permits less feedback to the steering wheel (see description below).
The Ackerman steering principle defines the geometry that is applied to all vehicles (two- or four-wheel drive) to enable the correct turning angle of the steering wheels to be generated when negotiating a corner or a curve.
The red lines in the picture represent the path that the wheels follow. One can notice the inside wheels of the vehicle are following a smaller diameter circle than the outside wheels.
If both of the steering wheels were turned by the same amount (parallel steering), the inside wheel would scrub (effectively sliding sideways). This wears the tyres on hard surfaces, scrubs or tears the turf, and lessens the effectiveness of the steering.
The tyre scrubbing, which also creates unwanted heat and wear in the tyre, can be eliminated by turning the inside wheel at a greater angle than the outside one (Ackerman steering).
NOTE: Some competitors use parallel steering instead of Ackerman steering.
Bump steering defines the change in the forward steering angle (thus wheel position) as the suspension travels through its full motion. A large amount of angular change (5 degrees to 7 degrees) will alter the vehicle's direction and excessively move the steering wheel.
The machine is powered by a 812-cm3, three-cylinder, dual overhead cams, liquid-cooled, four-cycle gasoline engine. It produces 6.5 kgm of torque (47 lb-ft) at 3200 rpm. The advanced electronic- controls and fuel-injection systems deliver superb starting, idling, and throttle response during operation.
The engine offers the following performance and reliability features: