Kubota releases RTV-XG850 Sidekick utility vehicles that go up to 40 mph

August 29, 2018 -  By

Kubota Tractor Corp. gave the media a chance to demo its “fastest utility vehicle yet” Aug. 22-24 in Buford, Ga.

Kubota RTV-XG850 utility vehicle

The Kubota RTV-XG850 has transport speeds of up to 40 mph. (Photo: LM staff)

The Sidekick X-perience event coincided with Kubota’s new RTV-XG850 Sidekick utility vehicles making their way to dealerships nationwide.

Media also toured Kubota’s manufacturing operations in Gainesville, Ga., where zero-turn mowers, sub-compact tractors and utility vehicles are produced.

These vehicles feature a 48-hp gasoline engine, delivering speeds of up to 40 mph, compared to the top speed of 29 mph for Kubota’s RTV-X models.

“Customers can confidently take on any task or terrain with comfortable, convenient and capable features, and with the speed to get there fast, up to 40 mph fast,” said Roger Gifford, Kubota product manager, utility vehicles.

Equipped with a continuously variable transmission with centrifugal clutch, the Sidekick’s water-cooled engine provides plenty of torque for a quick and smooth take-off, Kubota said. The idle speed control and highland correction ensure stable power.

Kubota utility vehicles at its manufacturing facility.

Kubota utility vehicles are manufactured in a 502,000-sq.-ft. facility in Gainesville, Ga. The facility has the capacity to produce up to 75,000 units annually of sub-compact tractors, turf products and utility vehicles. (Photo: LM staff)

Designed for easy handling at any speed, the Sidekick offers speed-sensitive electronic power steering, improving both handling and stability. Tuned front and rear independent suspension offers a consistently smooth ride, and engine-assisted braking allows for greater control and increased safety during descents, the manufacturer said. A selectable full-time 4WD system gives the operator optimum traction and control on any terrain, even under heavy loads.

The Sidekick has 2,000-lbs. towing capacity and is standard equipped with a trailer hitch. Additionally, its cargo capacity enables it to carry up to 15.2 cubic feet or half a ton (1,000 lbs./600 lbs. California models) of tools, supplies and materials in its steel cargo box. Additionally, the cargo box comes with optional electric hydraulic lift for fast and effortless dumping.

The Sidekick offers electrical power for a variety of equipment. The regulator and fully-shielded generator are controlled by a microcomputer to ensue stable power for any attachment, including a work light, LED headlight, heater or wench.

Addtional features include an ergonomic meter panel, steering wheel and shift knob and LED headlights. For added operator comfort, shoulder guards on the ROPS keep all riders within passenger area during tight turns, while half doors keep brush and other elements out of the vehicle.

A full line of new attachments and accessory options, developed specifically for the Sidekick, are available.

The Sidekick will be offered in four distinct colors: Kubota Orange, RealTree AP Camo, green and black.

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