Diesel power, Mule ruggedness and power steering smoothness with a bold new look.
Already a proven performer with its reliable and robust diesel engine, automatic transmission, tilting cargo bed, and selectable four-wheel drive, the Kawasaki Mule™ 4010 4x4 Diesel utility vehicle now mates its muscular yet agile workhorse capabilities with an all-new rugged appearance. The truck-like look of this off-road performer belies the ease of handling made possible by its electric power steering (EPS).
The EPS offers a more controlled ride by reducing steering effort at low speeds and harnessing its electric motors inertia to dampen much of the bump steer and kickback caused by impacts to the wheel. Electrically driven, the motor is controlled by an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that uses input from a vehicle speed sensor and torque sensor to determine the amount of assistance provided by the system. This system works immediately after the engine is started, yet doesnt create a power drain on the engine.
The new bodywork on the Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel utility vehicle is similar in style to many modern pick-up trucks that are often working alongside the Mule. The body panels are durable, color-molded plastic that helps hide scuffing. The front hood of the Mule 4010 Diesel can be lifted with the pull of a dash-mounted knob to reveal a now deeper storage space, which also has convenient D-rings to secure cargo. Located beneath the front bumper are winch-ready tabs for an easy winch installation.
At the core of the Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel is its liquid-cooled, 953cc three-cylinder diesel engine that produces high torque at low engine rpm. The diesel engine is matched to the Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS). Its a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that features a high and low range, reverse, and helps keep engine rpm in the most efficient range for any selected vehicle speed, load, or terrain. It yields a wide drive ratio spread for ample pulling power and quick acceleration. Large torque converters maximize belt engagement area and improve heat dissipation, boost strength and durability, and are aided by the use of a thick, strong drive belt and sheaves with high silicon-type material.
The KAPS also features a high-flow cover helping to cool the CVT while providing superb splash protection and water-proofing. This reliable system uses a dependable, low-maintenance shaft drive to transmit power to a dual-mode rear differential that can be locked to maximize traction, or unlocked to minimize ground disturbance when making tight turns. The operator can also select four-wheel drive for extra pulling power in difficult conditions. Wear is further reduced by cooling the torque converter with filtered air, courtesy of a special air cleaner that uses an easily replaceable filter element and an efficient intake cooling fan to draw sufficient air into the CVT.
The engine air cleaner is a cyclone-type Donaldson unit with a replaceable paper element. This efficient design needs less frequent cleaning, even with repeated use in extremely dusty off-road conditions. The 4x4 Diesel is equipped with a gauge that indicates when the filter should be changed. Helping the filter stay clean and last longerespecially in the rugged conditions for which this Kawasaki was builtthe engine air and converter cooling air are drawn from the top of the cab frame, where theres less dust.
The Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel also possesses straightforward user-friendly controls. The high/low-range, forward/reverse shift and the four-wheel drive selector levers are all placed within easy reach on the dash. The coolant temperature warning light is easy to see, and a push-button control activates the headlights. Other standard features include an hour meter and horn on the dash and a fuel gauge on the gas tank.
The chassis of the Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel is a ladder-type frame that rides on MacPherson struts up front and a DeDion rear leaf-spring suspension that work to carry heavy loads, stay light and maneuverable over rough terrain, and provide a smooth ride when the cargo bed is empty. 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 offer a comfortable ride and maximum traction over a variety of surfaces.
Other standard features include the large-diameter steel tube frame structure that meets federal Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) requirements, a 6.4-gallon fuel tank, spin-on oil filter and a U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor in its muffler. The Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel utility vehicle can carry up to 1,100 pounds in its steel cargo bed and can tow up to 1,200 pounds with an optional draw bar. Other popular accessories include an enclosed cab, cab heater, snow plow, and soft or hard tops. These and many other Authentic Kawasaki Accessories are available through Kawasaki dealers.
Electric power steering system (EPS)
Diesel Performance and Economy
Fully Automatic Transmission with Selectable 2- or 4-Wheel Drive
EngineLiquid-cooled, three-cylinder diesel engine produces incredible torque: 38.3 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm and exceptional fuel economy
Perfect for commercial job sites where diesel fuel is readily available
Exhaust pipe routing allows easy hydraulic lift kit installation
Overhead valve design maximizes efficiency
Cast iron block and head ensure extreme durability
Environmentally Friendly EmissionsPositive crankcase ventilation system sends blow-by gasses to the intake tract to be burned in the engine
Muffler features a U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor
Cyclone-Type Engine Air CleanerCyclone design is effective and needs less frequent cleaning even in extremely dusty conditions
Restriction gauge tells when to change the filter
Donaldson® air cleaner has a replaceable paper element
Cab Frame Air IntakeDraws engine air and converter cooling air from the top of the cab frame where theres less dust, so the air filters last longer
Heavy-Duty Battery and Alternator52 amp-hour battery ensures positive starts while the high-output, 40 amp alternator keeps the battery charged
Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS)Fully automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) features forward high and low and reverse, and helps keep the engine in the right operating rpm for a variety of vehicle speeds, loads, or terrain
The CVT has a wide spread of drive ratios for quick acceleration and ample pulling power
Large drive and driven torque converters maximize engagement area of the thick and strong drive belt for improved heat dissipation and add durability
High-flow cover helps cool the CVT while providing superb splash protection and water proofing
Sheaves with high silicon type material for increased durability
Torque Converter Air FilterEfficient intake cooling fan draws plenty of air into the CVT
Special air cleaner with easily replaceable filter element cuts torque converter wear by cooling it with filtered air
Dual-Mode DifferentialStrong bevel gear set and rear axle for increased durability
Locked mode for maximum traction, unlocked mode to minimize ground disturbance
Limited-Slip Front DifferentialAllows great traction with low steering effort
Four-Wheel Drive with Two-Speed Transfer CaseSelectable four-wheel drive gives the operator traction options
Shift to four-wheel drive and low range for maximum traction in adverse conditions or select two-wheel drive and high range to cut gear wear and increase fuel economy
Electric Power Steering (EPS)The EPS system reduces steering effort, especially at low speeds when turning effort is greatest
The electric motors inertia significantly reduces bump steer and kickback to the steering wheel caused by shocks to the wheels for a more comfortable and controlled ride
Input from vehicle speed and torque sensors determine the amount of steering assistance required from the systems motor
No power steering pump, so there is no power loss from the engine
EPS only operates when the engine is running to keep from draining the battery
Independent Strut-Type Front SuspensionMacPherson strut long-travel front suspension provide a comfortable ride and excellent load-carrying capability
DeDion Rear SuspensionOverload-style leaf springs can handle heavy loads, yet provide a smooth ride when the cargo box is empty
Self-Adjusting, Sealed Hydraulic Drum BrakesFour wheel drum brakes are self-adjusting and feature extra sealing for protection against mud, dust and debris
New BodyworkHood, fenders, front guard, lights, cab frame and cargo bed have modern pick-up truck styling for sharp appearance
Dashboard comes with speedometer, hourmeter, fuel gauge and oil pressure warning light standard
Large storage tub under the hood with four D-rings to secure the load
Tilting Cargo BedSteel cargo bed can carry up to 1,100 pounds and tilts for quick unloading
Thick tailgate panel and secure latching tailgate locking pins reduces vibration and noise, and adds durability
Rugged and CapableCan tow up to 1,200 lbs with optional Kawasaki draw bar
Meets federal Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.4, and 7.5, and also meets FMVSS 216 roof crush resistance requirement
Bench seat can carry up to two
Durable chassis includes winch-ready mounts to simplify winch installation
Simple MaintenanceCrankcase oil level dipstick under the seat
Automotive-type, spin-on oil filter
Coolant, battery electrolyte level sight gauges
Cab Features12V D