|Kawasaki Mule Pro-DX
Kawasaki introduces diesel power to the MULE PRO series with a full-size, single-row side x side that offers bulletproof dependability and huge cargo capacity
The 2016 Kawasaki MULE PRO-DX side x side will be available in December 2015 and Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is able to reveal many details about its most capable diesel-powered MULE ever built. With its class-leading cargo bed size that will accept a standard-size pallet, the MULE PRO-DX side x side will surely be the most dependable and capable workhorse any job site, farm or construction zone will ever need.
Because it is a Kawasaki, the MULE PRO-DX side x side is backed by 130 years of industrial and engineering excellence that began with shipbuilding and continues with aircraft parts, robots, gas turbines and more. Like all Kawasaki products, the new MULE diesel models are built Kawasaki STRONG for ultimate durability, capability and comfort.
Other than the inclusion of a new 993cc three-cylinder diesel engine, the MULE PRO-DX is the same rugged and reliable vehicle as the MULE PRO-FX gas-powered version that was just announced. It is packed with a powerful combination of features, which means impressive hauling and towing capacity, unparalleled comfort thanks to independent four-wheel suspension and wide bench seating, selectable four-wheel drive traction with rear differential lock as well as a rugged chassis to soak up all kinds of punishment. In fact, the new MULE PRO-DX side x side will get your work done faster, allowing you to get more done each day.
SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE 2016 KAWASAKI MULE PRO-DX
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The advantages of diesel power are widely known. From superior durability to improved economy and great pulling power, diesel engines are found on the work site, farm and where users value on-site fuel compatibility as well as the ruggedness and reliability of a diesel engine.
The 2016 Kawasaki MULE PRO-DX side x side uses a 993cc three-cylinder diesel engine. This provides great power and torque, which is ideal for hauling heavy loads, acceleration and hill ascent. In fact, these are the most capable Kawasaki MULE diesel models ever produced, meaning jobs can be tackled efficiently, with less time lost when covering distances and more work done quicker.
The lean-running diesel engine meets Tier 4 Final emissions regulations and uses an air pressure sensor to help prevent excess fuel delivery when operating at high altitude. It also has an electromagnetic fuel pump, which means manual priming is unnecessary if the operator should happen to run out of fuel. Furthermore, the vehicle has dual external filters, in addition to the main filter. The second filter separates oil and water, acting as a pre-filter and helps to contribute to overall engine reliability.
Since most MULE diesel models will spend significant time on the job site, the vehicle is equipped with a powerful 55-amp alternator, allowing numerous accessories to be powered at the same time, including the huge range of equipment offered by Kawasaki Genuine Accessories. This includes everything from winches to a plow, engine block heater, light bars and beacons, cab heater, audio system, dual battery kit and so much more.
MULE occupants can also power their personal electronic devices during the work week or on all-day adventures thanks to a pair of built-in 12-volt outlets. These can power everything from phones and tablets to GPS devices and other technology you cant be without.
Transferring the engines performance to the ground is a specially tuned CVT transmission that was designed for the impressive diesel torque output. The CVT delivers smooth, usable power to the tires, maximizing traction and contributing to the MULEs precise maneuvering. The CVT also provides natural engine braking to help when descending slopes, with consistent engine hold-back to increase driver confidence, especially when the vehicle is loaded.
The CVT is combined with an electrically selectable 2WD/4WD system that has a dual-mode rear differential. Intuitive dash-mounted switches allow the driver to instantly engage the systems, giving full control over the 4WD and locking rear differential.
The dual mode on the rear differential allows it to be fully locked for maximum traction, but it can minimize the vehicles impact on the terrain when unlocked.
Equipped with this system, the occupants workload can be completed quickly and efficiently, no matter the type of terrain or type of job being tackled.
HIGH CAPACITY HAULING & TOWING
The MULE PRO-DX boasts the largest cargo bed in its class. Measuring an impressive 54.1×53.3×11 it will easily accommodate a standard-size wooden pallet (48×40), increasing the vehicles usefulness around the work site.
Built Kawasaki STRONG, the MULE PRO-DX side x side has a sturdy high-tensile, diamond-plate steel cargo floor with a maximum cargo capacity of up to 1000 lb. This enables the user to efficiently haul large loads including gear, tools, supplies, hay bales and so forth. Whats more, the cargo bed has a gas-assisted tilt feature that makes it easier to raise the empty bed to allow easy access to the engine compartment.
The cargo bed also has integrated steel cargo rails, allowing loads to be firmly secured using the abundance of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories that are available from the Kawasaki dealer network. So whether youre on the work site, farm or heading to the lake with friends, the storage options of the MULE PRO-DX means you will get the job done, no matter what the day brings.
The tailgate is secured by two sturdy levers, which make it easy to open and close. The tailgate design also incorporates built-in cupholders, which come in handy when the tailgate is lowered. The cargo bed walls are designed with slots to accommodate Kawasaki Genuine Accessories cargo bed dividers. These allow cargo to be separated and stowed more securely for traversing difficult terrain.
If somebody needs to haul more than maximum load capacity of 1000 lb, the integrated 2 hitch receiver can enhance the versatility of the MULE PRO-DX. When equipped with an optional hitch, the vehicle is able to tow a substantial 2000 lb load with the pickup truck-style receiver, giving the new Kawasaki the ultimate versatility.
In order to successfully haul such large loads, hydraulic disc brakes use 212mm rotors on all four corners. They combine with the dependable engine braking system to produce effective stopping power anytime, anywhere.
Dual-piston calipers in the front and single-piston calipers in the rear give the driver strong yet progressive stopping power. An easily accessible mechanical rear parking brake was also included to keep the MULE PRO-DX securely in place when stopped.
SPACIOUS CABIN & EPS
With the tremendous durability and versatility of the MULE PRO-DX, all-day driving comfort was a high priority, allowing the driver and up to two passengers to get on with the job at hand. The cabin is particularly spacious, providing ample leg- and headroom, as well as a thick-cushioned bench seat for up to three full-size adult occupants.
All passengers are secured by conventional three-point seatbelts and automotive-style doors are standard to ease entry. The doors offer great protection from the elements and are far easier to use than nets, making the occupants experience significantly more enjoyable with the MULE PRO-DX.
For the drivers convenience there is a thick grip steering wheel on the standard tilt-adjustable steering column, which provides up to 34-degrees of adjustment to ensure a comfortable fit. It can also be tilted out of the way to facilitate access to the cabin. All passengers have secure handholds.
The MULE PRO-DX EPS and MULE PRO-DX EPS LE models take full advantage of Kawasakis advanced speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS) system, which was highly praised during its introduction on the MULE PRO-FXT side x side last year. It considerably reduces steering effort, but ensures the steering has optimal feedback as speed increases, enhancing handling. The EPS helps to reduce steering kickback on rough terrain, reducing driver fatigue. Furthermore, it helps the driver enjoy a tight 16ft turning radius.
The EPS system works best when you need it most: at extremely slow speed and when stopped. Turning the wheel causes a signal to be sent to the EPS control module, initiating assistance. The ECU uses input from a vehicle speed sensor and steering torque sensor to determine the amount of steering assistance required from the systems electric motor. At slow speed or when stopped, assistance is greatest, while assistance is reduced as vehicle speed increases to ensure stable handling.
Another element of the MULE PRO-FXT that was universally applauded was its front and rear independent suspension. By soaking up the bumps on the MULE PRO-DX side x side it provides excellent comfort, and by ensuring the tires remain in contact with the ground thanks to a generous 8.7 (left rear is 8.5) suspension travel, traction also benefits.
The suspension utilizes twin-tube, preload-adjustable shocks, with large diameter tubing for the A-arm design, ensuring Kawasakis legendary reputation for durability is maintained. Ample ground clearance (TBA, 10 minimum) also gives the driver confidence that the lower chassis will clear rocks and large obstacles. The MULE PRO-DX also delivers in the key areas such as an overall length of 133.3 and a relatively compact 92.3 wheelbase. The shorter wheelbase and high ground clearance provide a favorable breakover angle of 26-degrees to reduce the chance of bottoming-out when cresting a ridge or clearing an obstacle. The high 78-degree approach and 64-degree departure angles further contribute to the MULE PRO-DX side x sides off-road performance. The short overhangs reduce the chance of hitting the front bumper or scraping the tail when climbing and descending steep slopes.
The suspension uses rubber bushings at the attachment points to enhance durability and reduce service intervals. The MULE PRO-DX engine is also rubber-mounted to reduce vibration and contribute to a high quality, comfortable ride.
DURABILITY KAWASAKI STRONG
With a background in the construction of ships, aircraft and earth-moving equipment, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd brings the same engineering disciplines to all its products, especially its side x side vehicles. So the MULE PRO-DX side x side has a solid welded frame that emphasizes lateral and torsional rigidity for both durability as well as great handling. By eliminating flex, the ladder-type frame is able to provide good chassis response and traction.
A Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) further increases stiffness of the entire chassis, giving the driver superior handling and driving characteristics, while also ensuring long-lasting durability and occupant security.
Its not just the passengers that are protected the MULE PRO-DX has integrated inner wheel wells because Kawasaki wanted to keep mud and debris out of the engine compartment, protecting its vital components and meaning the operator can spend less time cleaning the vehicle. The electrical equipment is also mounted high in the vehicle to keep it away from water, and the fuel tank is centrally mounted, away from the wheels to reduce the risk of damage from debris thrown up by the tires. Additionally, steel side guards add protection from side impacts.
Another thoughtful aspect is the engine and hood maintenance covers that provide quick and easy access to the key service areas on the vehicle. They allow the user to check the oil level, service the air cleaner, check fuses as well as access the battery.
Potential buyers will be happy to see the steel front bumper and the high-tensile steel cargo bed. These crucial parts provide greater durability and strength when compared to the plastic alternatives commonly offered by its competitors.
Of course, with the MULE PRO-DX is built tough, it is naturally backed by the industry-leading Kawasaki STRONG 36-month limited factory warranty.
Occupants will appreciate the storage space under the front seat. This allows users to securely store their equipment and gear in the optional Kawasaki Genuine Accessories bin.
In addition, there is a handy glovebox as well as three dashboard pockets with the center pocket large enough to accommodate the Kawasaki Genuine Accessories audio system. There are two cupholders built into the bodywork in front of the dashboard.
The interior features multi-function LCD instrumentation. It provides a large, intuitive, easy-to-read display that includes an array of information such as digital speedometer, odometer and hour meter, fuel gauge, dual trip meters, water temp, 2WD/4WD operation, clock and parking brake indicator to keep the driver fully informed at a glance. There is a light on the diff lock switch to indicate when it is selected. A new feature for the diesel models is a glowplug indicator to let the driver know when the engine is ready to start. There are also two DC power outlets provided for convenient access to charge accessories and gadgets.
The same high-power alternator responsible for charging smartphones and devices will also provide excellent visibility after dark and in poor weather conditions by powering the 55/60 watt Hi/Low halogen headlights that come as standard equipment on all models.
Additionally, the EPS LE model in the MULE PRO-DX range gets high-intensity, auxiliary LED headlights with Hi/Low settings for even greater illumination (available as accessories on other models).
LED lights are specified on most high-end machinery for their extremely bright output, although Kawasakis engineers were also interested in the extended durability and low current draw that LEDs offer.
ONE MULE, THREE MODELS
The MULE PRO-DX comes in three models, each packed with a host of Kawasaki STRONG features.The MULE PRO-DX non-EPS model comes standard with steel wheels, a tilt steering wheel and two DC outlets in the cab. It is available in Super Black.
The second variation in the MULE PRO-DX lineup is the EPS model. This comes standard with the same amenities as the non-EPS but, as its name suggests, with the addition of Electric Power Steering (EPS). This model is available in Timberline Green and Super Black, with a contrasting graphic along the doors and cargo bed.
Next in the range is the desirable MULE PRO-DX EPS LE model. Equipped with all the aforementioned equipment, this variation comes standard with a number of additional upgrades over the EPS model, including LED auxiliary headlights and a composite sun top. Color options are Timberline Green and Dark Royal Red with contrasting graphics along the doors and cargo bed.
The 2016 Kawasaki MULE PRO-DX side x side will be available from the Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. network of nationwide retailers in December 2015.
Owners of the new Kawasaki MULE PRO-DX will enjoy the opportunity to accessorize and specialize the vehicle to accentuate their individual needs and style. Owners can take advantage of more than 60 Kawasaki Genuine Accessories, such as a Kawasaki-certified WARN® winch package, for example. You could opt for a WARN® ProVantage Plow System to tackle winter storms. In that case, you might also choose to provide extra protection for the vehicle, equipping it with skid plates. New for the MULE diesel models is an engine block heater for vehicles working in temperatures below -4˚F.
To protect the occupants from the weather, Kawasaki offers everything from complete hard and soft cabs, to full- and half windshields in glass or polycarbonate, as well as plastic roof and rear panel. All these Kawasaki Genuine Accessories were developed alongside the vehicle, for the perfect installation, fit and finish.
MULE PRO-DX side x side owners can also choose from accessories such as an audio system, cab heater, bed extender, cargo divider. There is also a rearview mirror option, cargo bed mat, hydraulic bed lift, a full vehicle cover and so much more.
As an added bonus, the industry-leading Kawasaki STRONG Three-Year Warranty remains intact after the purchase and installation of any of these accessories.
Consumers interested to see how their new MULE PRO-DX side x side will look with Kawasaki Genuine Accessories in place will be able to build their vehicle online, adding their favorite accessories and seeing them in place. They then have the opportunity to print their custom build list and take it to their local Kawasaki dealer to purchase the exact vehicle specification they designed. Visit www.kawasaki.com for full details.
KAWASAKI STRONG THREE-YEAR WARRANTY
Customers can take pride in the knowledge that the new MULE PRO-DX is assembled from foreign and domestic components right here in America at Kawasakis manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Completing the appeal of the MULE PRO-DX is Kawasakis promise to keep you running Strong with our standard Kawasaki STRONG Three-Year Warranty. We dont just want you to enjoy the King of Mules, we want you to live the MULE lifestyle and be inspired by its heritage: a heritage of powerful, durable, fun-to-drive vehicles.
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