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John Deere Gator Gets New Olive Livery

John Deere has introduced a new version of its popular XUV 850D high performance 4x4 utility vehicle, in olive and black livery. This model is aimed at customers who prefer an alternative to the usual bright green and yellow colour scheme, including shooting and countryside estates and farms, outdoor adventure centres and wildlife parks.

New olive John Deere XUV Gator

New olive John Deere XUV Gator

This olive and black Gator is fitted as standard with aggressive tread, off-road style tyres, but otherwise is the same specification as the existing XUV model, complete with a steel tipping cargo box. It is available with all the same attachments and options, including road homologation, and the standard four post ROPS frame can also be upgraded to a deluxe full glass cab if required.

The XUV Gator is specifically designed for off-road and rough-terrain performance, and is based on a hydroformed steel frame for increased durability. It also offers a true four-wheel drive traction system – activated by a simple dash-mounted electronic rocker switch, this on-demand system incorporates lockable front and rear differentials to maintain excellent traction in the toughest ground conditions.

The XUV Gator’s 24hp (850cc) liquid-cooled, three-cylinder Yanmar diesel engine is the most powerful and quickest accelerating in its class, with the fastest top speed at 30mph in high range. Advanced clutching ensures smooth power delivery and engine braking assistance from the dual range, continuously variable transmission.

All round independent suspension offers improved handling, operator comfort and ride quality, with 175mm (7in) of suspension travel and 270mm (nearly 11in) of ground clearance. This enables the XUV Gator to follow rough and bumpy terrain with ease while keeping all four wheels firmly on the ground, whether the vehicle is fully loaded or unladen. Maximum payload capacity is 635kg and towing capacity is 590kg on level terrain.

Additional operator friendly features include a glove box and storage compartment, cup holder, 12V power outlet and integrated 50mm (2in) rear hitch. Base UK list price of the new John Deere olive and black XUV 850D utility vehicle, which is available in limited numbers this summer before full production starts in November, is £11,033 plus VAT.


Get the Gator experience with Matt Baker

John Deere’s new olive and black Gator XUV 850D utility vehicle is being launched at this year’s CLA Game Fair at Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire on stand N1083.

Also marking the occasion, BBC Countryfile presenter Matt Baker will be on the John Deere stand on Saturday July 24 from 12 noon to 2pm. Matt has driven the award-winning XUV Gator on his family’s hill farm in the Durham Dales (separate release with photos available on request), and will be available to talk to visitors about his experience of the vehicle during his visit to the Fair.

This latest version of the popular Gator high performance 4x4 utility vehicle is aimed at customers who prefer a more camouflaged alternative to the usual bright green and yellow colour scheme, including shooting and countryside estates and farms, outdoor adventure centres and wildlife parks.

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