John Deere will unveil its newest XUV 5 Series Gator utility vehicles over the coming months.

According to the machinery giant, the XUV 560 - which falls into the 'cross-over' category of the 'Deere' utility selection - is designed to provide the same levels of comfort and versatility as higher-spec machines and has a ground clearance of 267mm. The load capability is 363kg, with a 499kg towing capacity offered by the vehicle.

Features include a 16hp petrol engine with "swift" acceleration up to 28mph (45kph), independent four-wheel suspension and multiple attachment options.

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The standard ROPS (rollover protection structure) is claimed to offer easy entry and exit, and there are three-point seatbelts and grab handles for safety and comfort as standard.

Meanwhile, the slightly larger XUV 590i two-seater and 590i S4 four-seater Gator utility vehicles provide a range of customisation and attachment options.

Kitted out with a twin-cylinder 32hp, 586cc petrol engine, independent four-wheel suspension and continuously variable transmission, the 590i has a top speed of over 45mph (72kph).

Other notable features of the Gators are: power steering; a backlit instrument cluster; a large 28L fuel tank; and an 875W/65A alternator "to run auxiliary attachments such as lights and winches without discharging the battery", the US-founded firm says.


Ground clearance and load/towing capacities of the XUV 590i are the same as the 560. The S4 model has a ground clearance of 236mm, a little lower than the 560, but has a higher load capacity of 544kg - with the rear passenger seat folded down - along with the same 499kg towing capacity.