The original transforming utility vehicle takes on a truck-like visual appeal.
Kawasaki has raised the styling bar for 2009, offering a modern, rugged, truck-like body style for its versatile Mule™ 4010 Trans4x4® Diesel that quickly transforms from a four-person 4x4 to a two-person unit with an extended cargo bed. This new look complements popular changes made the prior model year, which saw the company add electric power steering (EPS) finesse to the extra grunt and convenience of this off-road utility vehicle.
The new bodywork draws comparison to the styling of many modern pick-up trucks that are often seen working alongside the Mule. Its panels are durable, color-molded plastic that helps hide scuffing and its rugged-looking front hood can be lifted with the pull of a dash-mounted knob to reveal a now deeper storage space. This compartment also has convenient D-rings to secure cargo.
The EPS offers a more controlled ride by reducing steering effort at low speeds and harnessing the 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. The system works immediately after the engine is started, yet doesnt create a power drain on the engine.
This off-road work horse features a fully automatic transmission with two or four-wheel drive options, and takes only a moment to convert from a two to a four-person ride. While the cargo payload expands from 400 to 1,100 pounds in the two-person configuration, users have the ability to select between cargo and personnel carrying needs, depending on the specific job-at-hand.
This versatility, coupled with the stalwart Kawasaki liquid-cooled, three cylinder diesel engine makes the Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel an immediate winner. Its overhead valve design maximizes efficiency while the cast iron block and head ensure extra durability in all types of usage. Producing 38.3 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2,800 rpm, this 953cc engine has low-end pulling power to spare for the most rigorous of needs.
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="true"="true"="true"="true"="true" 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.
Tuned specifically to accommodate higher payloads, the KAPS also features a high-flow cover that helps 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 Mule is equipped with a gauge indicating 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.
Among this Mules many attributes are a dual-mode differential, limited slip front differential, two-speed transfer case for the four-wheel drive, independent MacPherson strut front suspension, DeDion rear suspension, and four-wheel, self-adjusting sealed hydraulic drum brakes.
Additional driver/passenger comfort is derived from the 23-inch tires with stiff sidewalls that improve off-road function and add ground clearance. The rear wheel bearings use two rollers in one large bearing for more durability.
The Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel is equipped with several simple, dash-mounted controls that include the shift mechanism, digital hour meter, horn, speedometer, a 12-volt, 10-amp DC outlet and a pushbutton switch for the 35-watt, cat-eye headlights. A parking brake and coolant temperature warning light in plain view, and dual sealed glove boxes round out the operator-friendly cockpit of the Mule. The extendable cab is surrounded by the large-diameter steel tube frame structure that meets federal Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) requirements.
Convenience features on the new Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel arent just limited to easy-access latches or controls; they also extend to owner-friendly features like the winch-ready tabs located under the front grille, which greatly-simplify the winch mounting process. The Trans4x4 Diesel can also tow up to 1,200 pounds with an optional Kawasaki draw bar. To keep from draining the battery, the EPS only operates when the engine is running. 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
Two or four seats with revolutionary transformable design
Fully Automatic Transmission with Selectable 2- or 4-Wheel Drive
Four-Passenger, Off-Road, Four-Wheel Drive Utility Vehicle with Transformable Cargo BedTwo rows of seats easily accommodate up to four persons
Rear seat can be folded down and the cargo bed expanded to carry larger payload (1,100 lbs. with two passengers, 400 lbs. with four passengers)
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 has 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
Tuned to accommodate higher loads
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
An open sided drive pulley cools better for longer belt life
Offers adjustable belt deflection
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 little 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 SuspensionStiffer springs prevent bottoming and increase ground clearance
Comfortable ride and excellent load-carrying capability
DeDion Rear SuspensionOverload-style leaf springs allow a good unladen ride and is durable under maximum loads
Four-Wheel, Self-Adjusting Sealed Hydraulic Drum BrakesThe brake drums have an added flange and seal to keep out mud and water
Low maintenance and powerful
Keep productivity up and operating costs down
Wheels and TiresThe 23-inch tires have stiff sidewalls to improve the ride and add ground clearance
The rear wheel bearings use two rollers in one large bearing for added durability
The seals on all four wheels have three lips to better protect the wheel bearings
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
Bodywork resists dents; color is molded in
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
Durable chassis includes winch-ready mounts to simplify winch installation
Simple MaintenanceAn automatic-style fuse box is convenient and uses blade-type fuses
Crankcase oil level dipstick under the seat
Automotive-type, spin-on oil filter
Coolant, battery electrolyte level sight gauges
Cab Features12V DC outlet with 10 amp capacity
The 2WD / 4WD lever is mounted on the dash for easier access
Relocated parking brake and coolant temperature warning lights are easy to see
Shift lever with Y-gate pattern eliminates need for Hi-Lo switch lever
Push-button headlight switch activates 35-watt cat-eye headlights
Hour meter and a horn are standard equipment
Popular Accessory ItemsSoft or Hard Top
SpecificationsEngine: Four-stroke, three-cylinder, liquid-cooled, OHV, diesel
Bore x stroke: 72.0 x 78.0mm
Compression Ratio: 24.8:1
Air Filter: Snorkel-type with cyclone-type two-stage dry replaceable element
Oil Filter: Automotive-type spin-on canister
Ignition: Compression with glow plugs for starting
Electrical: 12V DC, 52 amp-hour battery, 40 amp alternator
Transmission: Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS), with reverse, dual range, 2WD/4WD
Final Drive: Shaft, selectable four-wheel drive with dual-mode rear differential
Steering: Electric power steering assisted rack-and-pinion
Top Speed: 25 mph (Governed)
Exhaust: Muffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor
Tires: Tubeless 23 x 11-10
Wheelbase: 85.2 in.
Brakes: Four-wheel hydraulic drums, sealed
Suspension, front: Independent, MacPherson strut / 3.9 in.
Suspension, rear: Semi-independent, DeDion axle with leaf springs and shocks / 2.8 in.
Ground clearance: 7.0 in.
Roll over protective structure (ROPS): This structure meets ROPS requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, and 7.5. This structure also meets FMVSS 216 Roof Crush resistance requirement
Fuel capacity: 6.4 gal.
Towing capacity: 1,200 lbs.
Load capacity: 1,632 lbs.
Bed length x width x height: 50.4 x 47.7 x 11.3 in. (2-person) 30.3 x 47.7 x 11.3 in. (4-person)
Cargo bed capacity: 400 lbs. (4-person mode) / 1,100 lbs. (2-person mode)
Seating capacity: 2/4
Curb weight: 1737 lbs.
Instruments: Parking brake warning light, coolant temperature warning light, horn, 12V DC outlet, speedometer
Lights: (2) 35-watt sealed-beam headlight, (2) 5/21-watt taillight/brakelight
Turning Radius: 12.5 ft.
Color choices: Woodsman Green or Dark Royal Red
Good Times™ Protection Plan: 12 or 24 months
Warranty: 12 Months