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Kawasaki Unveils New Mule Turf Model

IRVINE, Calif. - While unveiling the new Mule™ 3000 and Mule 3010 utility vehicles at the Farm Progress Show in Cantrall, Ill., on Sept. 27, 2000, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., also unveiled the new Mule 3020 at its Irvine, Calif., headquarters. Designed specifically for work on turf, the new Mule 3020 replaces the Mule 2520 and is created for work on sensitive terrain.

Kawasaki Mule 3020The Mule 3020 utility vehicle rides on wide, turf-application tires and is well-suited for golf course maintenance. And like its new siblings, it features a steel, tilting cargo bed, bench seat, fully-automatic transmission and car-like controls.

The Mule 3020 features striking new body work with fashionable pickup truck styling. A rugged grille and rounded fenders add strength to the new look, and body panels of the cab are made of durable plastic that has molded-in color to help prevent scuffing. The front hood of the Mule 3020 can be lifted with the touch of a button to reveal a large storage space, which also has convenient tie-down loops to secure cargo. Located beneath the front grille are winch-ready tabs, so mounting a winch is made easy, and a passenger-side grab rail is mounted on the cab frame. The cargo bed side rails on the 3020 are taller than those on the Mule 2520 it replaces, and two-lever latches make opening and closing the tailgate easier.

Controls on the Mule 3020 have also been changed from those on the 2520. The forward-reverse shift lever is conveniently located within easy reach on the new dash. The coolant temperature warning light is now easier to see, and a new push-button control activates new 35-watt cat-eye headlights, the same lights used on the Prairie® all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Other standard features include an hour meter, fuel gauge and horn.

Power for the Mule 3020 is provided by an industrial liquid-cooled four-stroke V-twin engine that features several updates. A larger radiator and fan help keep engine temperatures under control, even in hot climates. A new digital electronic ignition improves engine response and also helps to prevent spark plug fouling. A double-barrel carburetor now meters fuel and air flow more accurately for more complete combustion. There is a new cyclone-type air cleaner plus air restriction gauge to indicate when the filter needs to be cleaned or replaced. There is also a new auto-type fuse box, while the oil dipstick and oil filler tube are now located under the seat.

The Mule 3020 utilizes Kawasaki's highly-refined continuously variable transmission (CVT) to create a wide ratio of pulling power and quicker acceleration, and tension for the CVT drivebelt is now adjustable. Dependable, low-maintenance shaft drive transfers power to a dual-mode differential that can be locked to maximize traction or unlocked to minimize ground disturbance when making tight turns.

The chassis of the Mule 3020 features stiffer front springs for increased ground clearance and a better ride, and the DeDion rear leaf spring suspension is designed to carry heavy loads yet provides a smooth, comfortable ride when the cargo bed is empty. Self-adjusting hydraulic drum brakes at all four wheels ensure progressive stopping power and have extra flanges with upgraded seals to keep out mud and water. New rear wheel bearings are also more durable and have new seals for better protection from water. To minimize ground disturbance, the Mule 3020 rides on smooth-tread 20-inch tires.

Like the other full-sized Mule utility vehicles, the Mule 3020 can carry 803 pounds in its steel cargo bed and can tow 1,200 pounds. Available in Hunter Green, it comes with a standard 12-month warranty. Those who want to customize their Mule 3020 can choose from a vast array of accessories available through Kawasaki Mule dealers, or they can purchase accessories directly from Kawasaki by logging onto the internet at www.buykawasaki.com.

With its new look, convenient features and turf-sensitive tires, the new Mule 3020 utility vehicle provides those who work on turf and other delicate surfaces with quiet, dependable operation combined with the durability of a Kawasaki.

Specifications

Engine:
4-stroke, OHV, V-twin
Displacement: 617cc
Bore x Stroke: 76 x 68mm
Carburetor: Mikuni BW26-18
Cooling: Liquid
Ignition: Digital Electronic
Drive Train: Automatic torque converter; forward, neutral, reverse
Final Drive: Shaft, Dual-mode rear differential
Wheelbase: 73.6 inches
Overall Length: 112.6 inches
Overall Height: 74.8 inches
Ground Clearance: 5.9 inches
Tires, front/rear: Tubeless, 23 x 11-10
Brakes, front/rear: 4-wheel hydraulic drum
Turning Radius: N/A
Load Capacity: 1,330 pounds
Bed Capacity: 803 pounds
Towing Capacity: 1,200 pounds
Dry Weight: 1,193 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gallons
Color: Hunter Green
Suggested Retail Price: $7,499


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