John Deere XUV825M S4
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  • Equipped with power steering

    This Gator™ XUV Crossover Utility Vehicle is equipped with power steering and a dual A-arm front suspension. These automotive-type systems exhibit excellent handling characteristics, as well as responsive steering and low steering effort:

    • Steel ball bearings secure the steering shaft and deliver smooth, responsive operation
    • Completely-sealed rack-and-pinion for long life
    • Low steering ratio (lock-to-lock) provides more responsive steering and less operator input
    • Shaft U-joints are phased for a smooth, uninterrupted motion of the steering wheel
    Electric power-assist steering systemElectric power-assist steering system

    Electric power-assist steering (EPAS) system has advanced features:

    • Anti-kickback feature reduces the amount of steering unwinding when traversing difficult terrain.
    • The system is speed sensing and adjusts steering effort as the speed of the vehicle changes.
      • As speed increases, there is less steering assist for improved road feel.
      • As speed decreases, steering assist increases to give lower steering efforts for improved maneuverability.
    • A warning/functional light on the instrument panel provides self-diagnostics and a warning light in the situation of no assist.
    • Torque sensor measures steering wheel input so the on-board computer can provide the appropriate output for various driving situations.

    With the EPAS system, the operator maintains a direct, mechanical linkage from the steering wheel to the front wheels. The power-steering system interfaces mechanically with the steering system by being inserted between the steering wheel and the rack-and-pinion assembly.


    A differential torque sensor is integrated into the power steering assembly. The circuit board assembly is also integral with the power-steering assembly.


    Power steering does not reduce turning radius but significantly reduces steering effort by approximately 85 percent compared to those models without power steering.


    EPAS interface diagram
    EPAS interface diagramEPAS interface diagram

    The numbered descriptions refer to the EPAS interface diagram shown above:

    1. Torque sensor
    2. Engine control unit (ECU)
    3. Fail-safe relay
    4. Current/thermal control circuit
    5. Reduction gears
    6. DC motor
    7. Rack and pinion
    8. Function/warning light
    9. Key power and ground
    10. Vehicle speed sensor
    11. Instrument cluster
    12. Relay module
  • Superior terrain capability

    The Gator™ XUV Crossover Series Utility Vehicle has a precision-engineered drivetrain system that fully utilizes engine power, optimizing acceleration, hauling, towing, and hill-climbing capabilities. Power is transmitted from the engine through a continuously variable clutch system to the transaxle.


    Key elements of the drive system include:

    Variable-speed drive
    Variable-speed driveVariable-speed drive

    The variable-speed drive consists of two clutches and a drive belt:

    • Drive clutch is attached to the engine.
    • Driven clutch is attached to the transaxle.

    Features include:

    • The engine braking system utilizes a tight belt for operation, requiring an idler sleeve on the primary clutch for neutral. The secondary clutch is a new build on shaft design that utilizes a cam to tune the acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle. The clutch will stay engaged, providing deceleration until approximately 5 km/h (3 mph). 
    • The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT™) air intake draws in 50 percent more air vs. previous designs to reduce heat and the amount of water ingestion into the CVT system. The system will reduce belt slipping and improve durability.
    • A low- and high-speed forward gear offering:
      • Low range is 0 km/h to 43 km/h (0 mph to 27 mph), 825M S4
      • Low range is 0 km/h to 24 km/h (0 mph to 15 mph), 855M S4
      • High range is 0 km/h to 71 km/h (0 mph to 44 mph), 825M S4
      • High range is 0 km/h to 51 km/h (0 mph to 32 mph), 855M S4
    • Ability to creep along slowly to maneuver in tight spaces
    • Standard full clutch enclosure with high speed fan provides longer belt and clutch life
    • High-ratio clutches with three cam weights for maximum belt clamp load in high torque conditions
    • Powertrain reduction ratios:
      • The complete reduction ratios range for high gear is (8.6:1 at top speed and 42:1 at initial clutch engagement
      • The complete reduction ratios range for low gear is (17.9:1 at top speed and 86.8:1 at initial clutch engagement
      • NOTE: Delivery and torque to the ground depends on tire size which is a function of nominal size and pressure.


    How the variable-speed drive works:


    1. As engine speed increases, the spring-loaded drive clutch is closed by weights being forced out by centrifugal force.
    2. As the drive clutch closes, the belt rides up to the largest diameter of the drive clutch and forces open the driven clutch.
    3. With the belt running in the smallest diameter of the driven clutch, the speed being transferred to the transaxle is increased.
    4. The driven clutch is designed to sense varying loads (inclines, mud, etc.) and constantly adjusts drive speed upward or downward so that engine rpm remains optimal.
    Transaxle, MFWD, and CV shafts
    Side view of CVT intake and clutch on closure (XUV855 shown)Side view of CVT intake and clutch on closure (XUV855 shown)
    Front differential rocker switchFront differential rocker switch
    Rear end shot of sway bar, suspension components, and CV shafts (XUV825M S4)Rear end shot of sway bar, suspension components, and CV shafts (XUV825M S4)
    • Operator interface
      • On-demand true 4WD system with an auto-locking front differential and dash-mounted electronic rocker switch is best-in-class; when the rocker switch is in the on (4WD) position, the front differential will automatically lock for extra traction when needed, but when the rocker switch is in the off (2WD) position, the vehicle will remain in 2WD
        • Provides exceptional traction in challenging conditions
        • Maintains turf-friendly operation in 2WD mode
        • Illuminated for low light operation
    • Transaxle
      • Two-speed fully enclosed oil bath transaxle allows for superior pulling ability
      • Cast aluminum design is the most robust in the industry
      • Helical forward and reverse gears are used for quiet operation
      • Rear traction assist (differential lock) is built in and can be engaged on demand
        • Allows locking the rear drive wheels together
        • Provides increased traction in tough spots
        • NOTE: Differential design reduces scuffing of the turf during turns because it allows the inside wheels to turn slower than the outside wheels
      • Neutral start safety interlock for engine ignition system
      • Large, sealed bearings are located inside the housing for better protection and durability
      • Contains gear case for transferring power to the MFWD
      • Splined shaft interfaces for maximum torque transfer and durability
      • All drive gears machined from highest grade gear steel
      • Protected by a skid plate
    • Mechanical front-wheel drive
      • Electronic design is auto-locking for ease of use
        • Performs like a locking differential when engaged, but like an open differential when cornering
        • Offers positive engagement of both front wheels in forward and reverse as a differential package
        • Automatic engagement on the fly—no shift linkages required
      • Protected by a skid plate and frame
    • Drive shafts
      • Rear CV shaft diameter measures 27 mm (1.1 in.) and designed for peak engine and braking torque
      • Front CV shaft diameter measures 23.9 mm (0.94 in.) and designed for peak engine torque
        Propshaft (transaxle to MFWD shaft) diameter measures 23 mm (0.91 in.) and designed for peak engine torque
      • All CV Shaft and propshaft joints are maintenance free and protected by exclusive Neoprene boots for durability
  • Dual A-arm front and rear suspension provides a smooth ride over challenging terrain and excellent hauling characteristics
    XUV front suspension detailXUV front suspension detail

    To complement the most capable frame available in a high-performance utility vehicle, the XUV is equipped with four-wheel independent suspension.


    A dual A-arm front and rear suspension provides a smooth ride over challenging terrain and excellent hauling characteristics.


    The entire suspension system has been optimized to handle no cargo to maximum cargo without compromising ride quality or vehicle stability.

    Dual A-arm front suspension features include:
    • 203.2 mm (8 in.) of travel provides ample compression and wheel extension, which keep all four wheels on the ground for superior traction and vehicle control
    • 17.5-mm (0.6875-in.) solid anti-roll bar with fully rubber isolated connecting links and pivots for minimal vehicle body roll and quiet operation
    • Heavy-duty nodular cast-iron knuckles to support the strut, constant-velocity (CV) shaft, and wheel
    • Maintenance-free rubber torsional A-arm pivots for long life and quiet operation
    • CV shaft protection from sticks that may puncture the rubber boot
    • Front sway bear for balanced handling
    XUV rear suspension detailXUV rear suspension detail

    Dual A-arm independent rear suspension features include:

    • Unequal length, dual A-arm construction for superior wheel control and travel
    • 228.6 mm (9 in.) of total travel provides ample compression and wheel extension, which keep all four wheels on the ground for superior traction, excellent ride quality, and vehicle control
    • Coil over shocks absorb the most demanding terrain
    • A-arms made from square/rectangular tubing reduce weight while remaining rigid
    • Heavy-duty nodular cast-iron uprights support wheel loads with a double row of ball bearings
    • CV driveshaft protection from sticks that may puncture the rubber boot
  • Extra-durable deluxe cargo box ensures hard-working performance and longevity
    Deluxe cargo boxDeluxe cargo box

    The deluxe cargo box consists of a 15 percent glass-filled polypropylene composite material that eliminates rust, dents, and reduces noise.

    Deluxe cargo box tailgate
    Tailgate handleTailgate handle
    Tailgate lowered to 150 degreesTailgate lowered to 150 degrees

    The tailgate can be opened or removed for easier cleanout and to carry longer items. The tailgate has been improved, features truck-like performance, and can be operated with one hand.


    The standard installed lanyards can also be removed to lower the tailgate to 150 degrees for convenient loading and unloading tasks.

    Deluxe cargo box tilt
    Integrated handle for manual cargo-box tiltIntegrated handle for manual cargo-box tilt

    The deluxe cargo box is easier to latch, unlatch, raise, and lower with the integrated handle design and gas assist.


    A prop rod is provided to hold the box in the upright position for operator convenience, as well as limit box pivot travel.

    Integrated tie-down points
    Integrated tie-down point in cargo box bedIntegrated tie-down point in cargo box bed
    Additional tie-down points  (TH 6X4 shown)Additional tie-down points (TH 6X4 shown)


    The deluxe cargo box offers integrated tie-down points for increased versatility. Tie down points are located in the following areas:

    • Four corners inside the cargo-box bed
    • Four points on the load guard directly behind the operator station (A)
    • Tie-down bars on either side of the cargo box (B)
    • Six points on the underside of the cargo-box frame (circled)
    Converting deluxe cargo box to a flat bed
    Deluxe cargo box converted to flat bed (XUV825 shown)Deluxe cargo box converted to flat bed (XUV825 shown)

    The deluxe cargo box easily converts to a flat bed. The flatbed configuration allows loading larger cargo.

    Optional accessories
    Brake and taillight with optional protectorBrake and taillight with optional protector
    Bedmat—protects the steel floor from dentsBedmat—protects the steel floor from dents
    Cargo box power liftCargo box power lift

    Optional accessories for the deluxe cargo box include:

    • Factory-installed brake and taillight
    • Factory-installed spray-in liner (not shown)
      • Improves skid resistance and surface abrasion protection
    • Cargo box bed mat
    • Cargo box power lift


     Length 1143 mm (45 in.)
     Width 1320 mm (52 in.)
     Depth 304 mm (11 in.)
     Volume 0.46 m3 (16.4 ft3)
     Weight capacity 454 kg (1000 lb)
     Dump angle 47 degrees

    CAUTION: Carrying extra-long cargo that extends beyond the box can adversely affect stability.

  • Seating for four and rear under-seat storage
    Seating for fourSeating for four

    The XUV825M S4 and XUV855M S4 models feature seating for four. The rear seat will convert to provide a flat surface for extra payload and there is sealed under-seat rear storage for additional cargo.

    Rear seat downRear seat down
    Storage for additional cargo under rear seatStorage for additional cargo under rear seat
  • Powerful gas engine delivers superb starting, idling, and throttle response
    812-cc (49.6-cu in.) gasoline engine812-cc (49.6-cu in.) gasoline engine

    The machine is powered by an 812-cc (49.6-cu in.), 3-cylinder, dual overhead cams, liquid-cooled, four-cycle gasoline engine. It produces 6.5 kgm (47 lb-ft) of torque at 3200 rpm. The advanced electronic controls and fuel-injection system deliver superb starting, idling, and throttle response during operation.


    The engine offers the following performance and reliability features:

    • 38.8 kW (52 hp*) at 6000 rpm
    • 71-km/h (44-mph) top speed
    • Electronic fuel injection for superb performance, altitude adjustment, and cold-weather starting (tested to -28.9°C [-20°F])
    • Electronic ignition is continuously variable for optimum engine power and provides fast, reliable starts
    • Overhead valve design provides greater efficiency and fuel economy
    • Full-pressure lubrication system
    • Spin-on oil filter with drain bracket and oil drain plug enable easy servicing
    • Dry, replaceable, single-element air cleaner with remote intake
    • See-through coolant recovery tank permits the operator to check the coolant level without having to remove the radiator cap
      • Open radiator compartment for air flow
    • Standard high-capacity alternator - 85 amps for maximum accessory capability

    * The engine horsepower information is provided by the engine manufacturer to be used for comparison purposes only. The actual operating horsepower will be less.


Type Front/rear hydraulic disc with twin piston front calipers
Park brake Driveline, internal wet multi-disc, hand operated