Kawasaki adds Mule PRO-FX to 2016 UTV models

The 2016 Kawasaki Mule PRO-FX is the new single-row seating model with larger bed for increased hauling capacity. Photo: KawasakiThe 2016 Kawasaki Mule PRO-FX is the new single-row seating model with larger bed for increased hauling capacity.
Photo: Kawasaki

Single-row-seat model brings with it a class-leading cargo bed for even greater utility, dependability and comfort.

Utility side-by-side users in the construction, utility, municipalities, oil/gas and landscaping businesses now have a single bench-seat variant of the Kawasaki Mule PRO-FXT called the PRO-FX for the 2016 model year.

The new single-row PRO-FX gains a larger steel cargo bed, the largest in its class and 20 percent bigger than any previous Mule. It can now accommodate a full-size pallet with the tailgate closed. The cargo bed also has integrated steel rails and internal ridges so loads can be secured.

Kawasaki also offers this diesel-powered model.Kawasaki also offers this diesel-powered model.

The bigger bed also increases hauling capacity to a half-ton, according to Kawasaki. If the maximum load capacity of 1,000 pounds is insufficient for a particular task, the integrated 2-inch hitch receiver enables the vehicle to tow a 2,000-pound load (where permitted by state law).

The hydraulic disc brakes use 212-milimeter rotors on all four corners. The cargo bed also has a gas-assisted tilt feature that makes it easier to raise the empty bed for access to the engine compartment.

Developed alongside the PRO-FXT, the new Mule PRO-FX shares the same engine and chassis platform, meaning it is still the fastest and most powerful of Kawasaki’s utility ATV lineup.

The strength of the Kawasaki Mule PRO-FX starts with its 812cc, three-cylinder engine with digital fuel injection. It has significant pulling power when fully loaded and the four-wheel drive systems enables the vehicle to maintain acceleration and hill-climbing ability.

PRO-FX and FXT models share the same independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, effective engine braking and optional speed-sensitive power steering. The CVT transmission provides natural engine braking to help when descending slopes.

The CVT is combined with an electrically selectable 2WD/4WD system that has a dual-mode rear differential. 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 differential allows it to be fully locked for maximum traction, but it can minimize the vehicle’s impact on the terrain when unlocked.

Dual-piston calipers in the front and single-piston calipers in the rear give the driver strong, yet progressive stopping power. An accessible mechanical rear parking brake was also included to keep the Mule PRO-FX securely in place when stopped.

The cabin is spacious, providing ample leg- and headroom, as well as a cushioned bench seat for up to three full-size adult occupants. The Electric Power Steering (EPS) system 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 has a turning radius of 16 feet.

There is a tilt-adjustable (except on non-EPS models), thick-grip steering wheel, which provides up to 40-degrees of adjustment to ensure a comfortable fit. All passengers are secured by conventional three-point seatbelts and automotive-style doors are standard to ease entry. All passengers have secure handholds throughout.

Front and rear independent suspension absorbs the impact from bumpy terrain, while a 10.2-inch ground clearance keeps the chassis safe from rocks and large obstacles. The suspension uses rubber bushings at the attachment points to enhance durability and reduce service intervals. The Mule PRO-FX engine is also rubber-mounted to reduce vibration and contribute to a comfortable ride.

A solid welded frame provides lateral and torsional rigidity and provides good chassis response and traction. Additionally, steel side guards add protection from side impacts.

A Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) further increases stiffness of the entire chassis, giving the driver good handling and driving characteristics, while also ensuring long-lasting durability and occupant security.

The Mule PRO-FX has integrated inner wheel wells that prevent mud and debris from entering the engine compartment.

The interior features multi-function LCD instrumentation. A large, easy-to-read display includes a digital speedometer, odometer and hour meter, fuel gauge, dual trip meters, water-temperature gauge, 2WD/4WD operation, clock and parking brake indicator to keep the driver fully informed at a glance.

Thanks to a high-output alternator, which delivers an exceptional 60.8 amps at 2,000 rpm (with the headlights on), occupants can power their accessories during the workweek or on all-day adventures with the pair of built-in 12-volt outlets.

The same high-power alternator will also provide 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.

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