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New MULE combines 3000-series body style and chassis with popular diesel engine

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., has extended its lead over the competition and set yet another standard for the off-highway utility vehicle industry with the unveiling of the all-new MULE™ 3010 Diesel.

The MULE 3010 Diesel combines the stylish body work and refined chassis of the gasoline-powered MULE 3010—introduced in 2001—with the popular diesel engine. As such, the new MULE 3010 Diesel has the convenient features, smooth ride and hard-working powertrain that make it the undisputed leader of diesel-powered utility vehcles.

MULE™ 3010 DIESELAvailable in all-new Aztec Red or traditional Hunter Green, the MULE 3010 Diesel features the rugged grille, headlights and rounded fenders of its 3000-series siblings. Body panels of the cab are made of durable, color-infused plastic to help hide scuffing, and the front hood of the MULE 3010 Diesel can be lifted with the touch of a button to reveal a large storage space, which also has convenient D-rings to secure cargo. Located beneath the front grille are winch-ready tabs for easy winch mounting, and a passenger-side grab rail is mounted on the cab frame. Plus, two lever latches make opening and closing the tailgate easy.

Controls on the MULE 3010 Diesel are also easy to operate. The high/low-range, forward/reverse shift lever and the lever for selecting four-wheel drive operation are placed within easy reach on the dash. The coolant temperature warning light is easy to see, and a push-button control activates 35-watt cat-eye headlights. Other standard features include an hour meter, fuel gauge and horn.

The MULE 3010 Diesel powerplant is a liquid-cooled, 953cc three-cylinder diesel engine that produces high torque at low engine rpm. Air for the engine is drawn through an intake located at the top of the cab frame and passes through a cyclone-type air cleaner.

MULE™ 3010 DIESELThe diesel engine is matched to the Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS) that features a 2mm-thicker drive belt and revised cog shape for improved durability. Combined with dependable, low-maintenance shaft drive, power is transmitted to a dual-mode rear differential that maximizes traction, yet minimizes ground disturbance when making tight turns. When four-wheel drive operation is selected, a two-speed transfer case gives the operator the option of a lower gear ratio for extra pulling power.

The chassis of the MULE 3010 Diesel is a ladder-type frame that rides on a De Dion rear leaf-spring suspension designed to carry heavy loads yet provide a smooth ride when the cargo bed is empty. MacPherson struts handle front suspension duties, while rack and pinion makes steering light and maneuverable over rough terrain. Four hydraulically operated, self-adjusting drum brakes that are sealed to protect from water, mud and other debris provide stopping power, and 23-inch tires provide a comfortable ride as well as maximum traction over a variety of surfaces.

MULE™ 3010 DIESELThe MULE 3010 Diesel can carry up to 1,100 pounds in its steel cargo bed and can tow up to 1,200 pounds. Other standard features include a 5.3-gallon fuel tank, spin-on oil filter and a United States Forest Service-approved spark arrestor in its muffler.

Those who want to customize their MULE 3010 Diesel utility vehicle can choose from a vast array of accessories available through Kawasaki MULE dealers. Consumers may also purchase accessories through the internet at

The MULE 3010 Diesel has a suggested retail price of $9,999 and comes standard with a 12-month, unlimited mileage warranty that can be extended up to three years.


  • MULE™ 3010 DIESELEngine: Four-stroke, three-cylinder, overhead valve diesel
  • Displacement: 953cc
  • Bore x stroke: 72 x 78mm
  • Compression ratio: 24.8.1
  • Cooling: Liquid
  • Drive train: Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS) automatic torque converter; high/low range; forward, neutral, reverse
  • Final drive: Selectable four-wheel drive, dual-mode rear differential
  • Wheelbase: 73.6 in.
  • Overall length: 112.6 in.
  • Overall width: 57.5 in.
  • Overall height: 76.0 in.
  • Ground clearance: 6.9 in.
  • Tires: front/rear Tubeless 23 x 11-10
  • Suspension: front/rear Independent, MacPherson strut-type/semi-independent/De Dion axle with leaf and coil springs and hydraulic shocks
  • Brakes: front/rear Four-wheel sealed hydraulic drum
  • Turning radius: 11.2 ft.
  • Load capacity: 1,632 lbs.
  • Bed capacity: 1,100 lbs.
  • Towing capacity: 1,200 lbs.
  • Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
  • Dry weight: 1500.9 lbs.
  • Instruments/Lighting: Parking brake warning light, coolant temperature warning light, horn, 12V DC outlet, (2) 5/21-watt
  • Taillight/Brakelight: (2) 35-watt sealed-beam headlight
  • Colors: Aztec Red, Hunter Green
  • Suggested retail price: $9,999
  • Wholesale distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
    9950 Jeronimo Road
    Irvine, California 92618
    (949) 770-0400

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