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Kubota RTV1100 Premium Grand Cab - Bed Toys

Posted in Vehicle Reviews on December 1, 2008
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Photographers: Kubota Tractor Corporation

The utility vehicle you're looking at is in fact a factory-produced machine. It hasn't been Photoshopped and it isn't an optical illusion. It's the Kubota RTV1100 Premium Grand Cab and it's the first-available utility vehicle engineered to provide all-weather protection. Its features include a factory-installed cab, standard air conditioning, a heater, and a defroster.

For those of you who live in an area with a perfect climate and can't understand the need for a utility vehicle with a factory-installed climate-controlled cab, we'll fill you in-rain, snow, bugs, humidity, mud, dirt, extreme heat, and bitter cold. There, that about covers it. That's what the rest of us have to deal with.

In addition to orange, the RTV1100 is also available in RealTree Hardwoods Camouflage

The RTV1100 utilizes a unibody cab-and-chassis frame. This design ensures a smoother and more stable ride and equates to less overall weight, while still maintaining the strength necessary to qualify it as an OSHA Rollover Protective Structure. The cab's air-conditioning system is located underhood for a low center of gravity, and it's the same air-conditioning system that's used in the high-end Kubota H-Series tractors. Kubota says the heater is ultra-efficient due to its ducting and the thermodynamics of the integrated cabin design. If it's not hot or cold enough for the heat or air conditioning, the cab is designed with two-position locks on the doors and a tilting windshield opens to allow air to flow through the cab. This is called the "ventilation mode" and when the cab is closed it is referred to as the "airtight mode." The cab also features curved window glass for a wide field of view, aerodynamics, and styling. A wide-coverage wiper and washer are also standard.

The RTV1100 is more than just a comfy cab. It's ready to work. It features a powerful, water-cooled, 1,123cc, three-cylinder diesel engine mated to a Kubota-exclusive high-performance three-range variable hydro transmission. Up front the rig sports a MacPherson strut-type independent suspension and out back it has a semi-independent suspension-type DeDion axle with leaf springs and shock absorbers. The RTV1100 has a spacious 52-inch-wide and 46.7-inch-long cargo bed, which translates to 16 cubic feet of volume. The bed is a true hydraulic bed-lift system that is operated by a single lever. The bed has a cargo carrying capacity of 1,102 pounds. The rig also features a steel front guard, hydrostatic power steering, soft cloth seating, four-wheel disc brakes, a large underseat storage area, and four-wheel drive.

With an MSRP of $16,999 the RTV1100 isn't inexpensive, but if you spend a lot of time in the great outdoors you may find that the benefits outweigh the cost.

Vehicle model: Kubota RTV1100 Premium Grand Cab
Base price: $16,999
Colors: Orange, RealTree Hardwoods Camouflage

Type: Three-cylinder, water-cooled, four-cycle diesel
Displacement (cc): 1,123
Horsepower: 24.8

Transmission: VHT
Final drive: Shaft

Front: Independent, MacPherson strut-type
Rear: Semi-independent, DeDion axle, leaf springs, shock absorbers

Front: Wet disc
Rear: Wet disc

Front: 25x10-12
Rear: 25x10-12 or 25x11-12

Weight (lb): 2,469
Length (in): 128.4
Width (in): 66.5
Height (in): 82.8
Wheelbase (in): 77.4
Fuel capacity (gal): 7.9
Cargo box length (in): 46.7
Cargo box width (in): 52.0
Cargo box height (in): 11.4
Cargo box load capacity (lb): 1,102
Towing capacity (lb): 1,300

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