Monday, 17 December 2018 15:30

Middle of the pack UTV

Written by  Mark Daniel
Kawasaki Pro-MX UTV. Kawasaki Pro-MX UTV.

Kawasaki's recently introduced Pro-MX UTV sits between the larger, three-seater Mule Pro-FX and the compact Mule-SX.

The new machine’s vital statistics are 2795mm long and 1525mm wide with a wheelbase of 2005mm.

Power is from a single-cylinder engine of 700cc that pumps out 45hp and 58Nm torque, with electronic injection. CVT transmission offers smooth response and predictable engine braking. Electrically selected 2 or 4WD is complemented by a dual-mode rear differential to help in sticky condition or protect turf – dependent on the mode selected. 

Its 25-inch tyres are mounted on 12-inch rims offering good ground clearance, with front and rear disc brakes bringing things to a halt. 

Electric power steering offers excellent feedback and helps drivers achieve a tight 4.2m turning radius. 

A bench seat, with obligatory seat belts, provides ample room and security for the driver and a passenger. Neat half doors keep limbs inside and dirt and mud out of the cabin area. 

At the rear of the machine, a large cargo bed carries 317kg and gas struts assist tipping. Also, the Pro-MX offers a useful 680kg of towing capacity via a standard 2-inch receiver.

Watch out for an in-depth review and user opinions in the pre-Christmas issue of Rural News


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