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Kawasaki Motor Corp.Kawasaki, the brand that introduced the original off-road utility vehicle in 1988, is leading the way with an innovative new vehicle that sets the industry standard for years to come.

The all-new 2005 MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4 is the world’s first four-passenger 4x4 off-road utility vehicle that can be transformed by the operator into a two-passenger vehicle with an extended cargo bed.

Mule 3010 Trans 4x4 red color.Based on the popular MULE 3000 series, the new MULE 3010 Trans4x4’s spacious four-passenger cab easily accommodates four adults. But with a couple of quick adjustments, the operator can fold down the rear bench seat and extend the cargo bed farther forward to increase payload capacity. When the operator wants to transform it back to a four-passenger vehicle, the same quick adjustments are made in reverse order.

The wheelbase of the MULE 3010 Trans4x4 is 300mm longer than that of the MULE 3010 4x4, but features the same styling, car-like controls, dashboard and front under-hood storage. Additional body features for the Trans4x4 include retractable rear seat belts and padded rear-passenger grab handles. Plus, the steel screen separating the cargo bed from the cab can be moved forward or back, depending on the chosen mode.

The MULE 3010 Trans4x4 utility vehicle utilizes the same durable and reliable powertrain as the MULE 3010 4x4. The quiet, liquid-cooled industrial V-twin engine has a proven record for hard-working reliability and is matched to Kawasaki’s highly refined continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The CVT itself has been fine-tuned for the Trans’ higher passenger and cargo capacity, and features than its siblings high and low range, plus reverse. The operator can also select either two- or four-wheel drive operation, with power being transferred to a shaft-driven dual-mode differential and limited-slip front differential.

One of the benefits of the MULE 3010 Trans4x4’s extended chassis is that engineers were able to increase fuel capacity nearly 20 percent, from 5.3 gallons to 6.3 gallons.

Combined with a heavy duty DeDion/leaf spring rear suspension system – borrowed from the MULE 3010 Diesel 4x4 – the MULE 3010 Trans4x4 has a cargo capacity of 400 pounds in four-passenger guise, and 800 pounds with the cargo bed extended forward. Plus, with an optional towing hitch, the new Trans can tow up to 1,200 pounds.

Other chassis features include smooth-riding MacPherson strut front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering, which helps to make steering light and accurate.

Braking power is provided by four hydraulically operated, self-adjusting drum brakes that are sealed to protect from water, mud and other debris, and 23-inch tires provide a comfortable ride and maximum traction over a variety of surfaces.

There is a host of Authentic Kawasaki Accessories available for the MULE 3010 Trans4x4 utility vehicle through Kawasaki dealers or they can be purchased on the Internet at

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and sells at wholesale Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, utility vehicles and power products through a network of more than 1,500 independent retailers, with an additional 8,400 retailers specializing in power products and general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 2,400 people in the United States, with more than 350 of them located at the Irvine, California headquarters.

Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.™”, is recognized worldwide and the brand is aggressively carrying its heritage of leading-edge power, performance and exhilaration into the 21st century. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of recreational products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at


Features and Benefits

  • With just a few quick adjustments, it can be transformed from a four-passenger to a two-passenger off-road utility vehicle with an extended cargo bed
  • In four-passenger mode, the can haul 400 pounds of cargo; in two-passenger mode, cargo capacity is increased to 800 pounds
  • Features same car-like controls as other 3000 series MULE utility vehicles
  • Includes front under-hood storage space
  • Rear bench seat includes retractable seat belts and padded rear-passenger grab handles
  • The four-stroke, V-twin industrial engine produces exceptional torque at low engine speeds
  • Fuel capacity has been increased nearly 20 percent over other 3000 series MULE utility vehicles – from 5.3 gallons to 6.3 gallons
  • Improved hour meter now starts when the engine is started
  • The continuously variable transmission features high and low ranges plus reverse, giving the operator the right gear range for every job
  • Selectable four-wheel drive gives the operator extra traction in adverse conditions
  • Dual-mode differential can be “locked” for additional pulling power or unlocked when traveling across delicate terrain
  • Rack-and-pinion steering helps to make steering light and more precise
  • MacPherson strut long-travel front suspension and DeDion/leaf spring rear suspension can handle heavy loads, yet provide a smooth ride when the cargo box is empty
  • Four wheel drum brakes are self-adjusting and feature extra sealing for protection against mud, dust and debris
  • With an optional Kawasaki tow hitch, the Trans can tow up to 1,200 pounds
  • The muffler features a U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor


  • Engine: Four-stroke, overhead valve V-twin
  • Displacement: 617cc
  • Bore x stroke: 76 x 68mm
  • Carburetor: Mikuni BW26-18
  • Cooling: Liquid
  • Ignition: Digital electronic
  • Drive train: Continuously variable transmission with high/low range; forward, neutral, reverse
  • Final drive: All-shaft; selectable four-wheel drive; dual-mode rear differential
  • Wheelbase: TBD
  • Overall length: TBD
  • Overall height: TBD
  • Overall width: TBD
  • Ground clearance: TBD
  • Tires, front/rear: Tubeless 23 x 11-10
  • Suspension, front/rear: Independent, MacPherson strut-type / semi-independent, DeDion axle with leaf springs and shocks
  • Brakes, front/rear: Four-wheel sealed hydraulic drum
  • Turning radius: TBD
  • Load capacity: TBD
  • Bed capacity: 400 lbs. (4-pass. mode); 800 lbs. (2-pass. mode)
  • Towing capacity: 1,200 lbs.
  • Dry weight: TBD
  • Fuel capacity: 6.3 gal.
  • 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
  • Color: Hunter Green, Aztec Red, REALTREE HARDWOODS GREEN® HD™ camouflage

* Specifications are subject to change.

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