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 business now have a single bench-seat variant of the popular 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, giving it the largest in its class and 20 percent bigger than any previous Mule, able to accommodate a full-size pallet with the tailgate closed.
The bigger bed also increases the Mule’s hauling capacity to a 1/2-ton without sacrificing any of the cab’s comfort according to Kawasaki.
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.
PRO-FX and FXT models share the same independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, effective engine braking and optional speed-sensitive power steering.
The PRO-FX is also able to tow up to 2000 lb when the optional hitch is fitted, so the MULE PRO-FX will be perfectly suited to the job site, hobby farm or for a weekend adventure in the back woods.
- Class-leading 48 lb-ft of torque from new 812cc three-cylinder fuel injected engine
- Fastest, most powerful MULE ever built
- NEW Largest high-tensile steel cargo bed in its class
- Haul up to 1000 lb (where permitted by state law) (600 lb max for California models)
- Tow up to 2000 lb (where permitted by state law) with 2-inch receiver hitch
- Independent front and rear suspension, disc brakes, CVT, Electric Power Steering
- NEW Comfortable, single-row bench seating with auto-style seatbelts for each occupant
- Cockpit features tilt steering (except non-EPS model), multi-function LCD display and multiple 12V outletspowered by high-output alternator
- Roll Over Protective Structure and automotive-style doors
- Non-EPS, EPS, EPS LE and CAMO models available
- Backed by a Kawasaki STRONG Limited Three-Year Warranty
- A vast range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories available from launch
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The strength of the Kawasaki MULE PRO-FX starts with 48 lb-ft of torque from its 812cc, three-cylinder enginewith efficient Digital Fuel Injection (DFI) that has been tuned to deliver optimum performance throughout the rev range.
Not only does it have excellent pulling power when fully loaded, but the MULE has excellent acceleration and hill-climbing ability when combined with its four-wheel drive system.
As one of the fastest MULEs ever built, the PRO-FX will help users get the job done more efficiently by taking them to the job site more quickly.
Thanks to a high-output alternator, which delivers an incredible 60.8 amps at 2,000rpm (with the headlights on), occupants can power their accessories during the workweek or on all-day adventures thanks to a pair of built-in 12-volt outlets.
There are two outlets to power everything from phones and tablets to GPS devices and other technology you can’t be without.
Transferring the engine’s performance to the ground is a specially tuned CVT transmission that was designed for the impressive 48 lb-ft of torque. It delivers smooth, usable power to the tires, maximizing traction and contributing to the MULE’s precise maneuvering.
(Kawasaki will be offering the FX in a diesel model in spring of 2016.)
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. Convenient 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.
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-FX boasts the largest cargo bed in its class. Measuring an impressive 54.1×53.3×11-inch it will easily accommodate a full-size wooden pallet (48×40), increasing the vehicle’s usefulness around the work site.
Because it is built Kawasaki STRONG, the PRO-FX has a sturdy high-tensile, diamond-plate steel cargo floor with a maximum cargo capacity of up to 1000 lb (600 lb max in CA).
This enables the user to efficiently haul large loads including gear, tools, supplies, hay bales and so forth. What’s 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 and internal ridges, allowing loads to be firmly secured using the abundance of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories that are available from the Kawasaki dealer network.
So whether you’re on the work site, hobby farm or heading to the lake with friends, the storage options of the MULEPRO-FX 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 cup holders, 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 for some reason, the maximum load capacity of 1000 lb is insufficient for the user’s needs, the integrated 2” hitch receiver can enhance the versatility of the MULE PRO-FX.
When equipped with an optional hitch, the vehicle is able to tow a substantial 2000 lb load (where permitted by state law) 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-FX securely in place when stopped.
A fuel injection control limits engine speed if the driver attempts to pull away with eh parking brake engaged.
SPACIOUS CABIN & EPS
With the tremendous durability and versatility of the MULE PRO-FX, 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 are also far easier to use than nets, making the occupants’ experience significantly more enjoyable with the MULE PRO-FX.
For the driver’s convenience there is a tilt-adjustable (except non-EPS models), thick grip steering wheel,which provides up to 40-degrees of adjustment to ensure a comfortable fit. Or it can be tilted out of the way to facilitate access to the cabin. All passengers have secure handholds throughout.
The EPS, EPS LE and EPS CAMO models of the MULE PRO-FX take full advantage of Kawasaki’s advanced speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS) system, which was highly praised during its introduction in the PRO-FXT.
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 turning radius of just 16ft.
Another element of the PRO-FXT that was universally applauded was its front and rear independent suspension.
By soaking up the bumps it provides excellent comfort, and by ensuring the tires remain in contact with the ground thanks to a generous 8.7-inches (left rear is 8.5) suspension travel, traction also benefits.
The suspension utilizes twin-tube, preload-adjustable shocks at each corner, with large diameter tubing for theA-arm design, ensuring Kawasaki’s legendary reputation for durability is maintained.
Extra ground clearance (10.2-inches) also gives the driver confidence that the lower chassis will clear rocks and large obstacles. The MULE PRO-FX also delivers in the key areas such as an overall length of 133.3-inches and a relatively compact 92.3-inch wheelbase.
The shorter wheelbase and high ground clearance provide a favorable break over angle of 26-degree to reduce the chance of bottom 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-FX side x side’s 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-FX engine is also rubber-mounted to reduce vibration and contribute to a high quality, comfortable ride.
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-FX 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.
It’s not just the passengers that are protected – the MULE PRO-FX has integrated inner wheel wells because Kawasaki wanted to keep mud and debris out of the engine compartment, protecting its vital components.
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 various 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 and ECU connection.
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-FX built so tough, it is naturally backed by the industry-leading three-year 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 – and two cup holders 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 lights on the diff lock switch to indicate when it is selected. 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 LE and CAMO models in the MULE PRO-FX range get 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 Kawasaki’s engineers were also interested in the extended durability and low current draw that LEDs offer.
ONE MULE, FOUR MODELS
The MULE PRO-FX comes in four models, each packed with a host of Kawasaki STRONG features.
The non-EPS model comes standard with steel wheels and two DC outlets in the cab. It is available in the Super Black finish.
The second variation in the PRO-FX lineup is the EPS model. This comes standard with the same amenities as the non-EPS but with the addition of Electric Power Steering (EPS) and a tilt steering wheel. 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 EPS LE. This variation comes standard with a host of additional upgrades over the EPS model, including LED auxiliary headlights, aluminum wheels and a composite sun top. Color options are Timberline Green and Dark Royal Red with a contrasting graphic along the doors and cargo bed.
The MULE PRO-FX is also available in Realtree Xtra Green Camo, which gives the avid hunter the ultimate color scheme for any adventure. The Camo model includes EPS, tilt steering function and LED auxiliary headlights as part of the package.
Owners of the new Kawasaki MULE PRO-FX will enjoy the opportunity to accessorize and specialize the vehicle to accentuate their individual needs and style.
Owners wishing to accessorize the vehicle can take advantage of more than 60 Kawasaki Genuine Accessories. Owners might like to obtain a Kawasaki-certified WARN winch package, for example.
Or 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 both skid plates and brush guards.
To protect the occupants from the elements, Kawasaki offers everything from a complete cab to hard and soft roofs, to full and half windshields as well as hard or soft cabin enclosures and doors. And all these Kawasaki Genuine Accessories were developed alongside the vehicle, for the perfect installation, fit and finish.
MULE PRO-FX owners can also choose from accessories such as an audio system, heater, bed extender, cargo divider, dual battery kit and so much more.