Suzuki embraces power steering and introduces new KingQuad 500 AXi
American Suzuki Motor Corporation showed it was not shy about introducing new products and innovations in a sagging economy when the 2009 Suzuki ATV lineup was unveiled earlier this month.
“Suzuki is taking a very serious approach to the marketplace of today and has come up with serious solutions for dealers,” says Glenn Hansen, communications manager for Suzuki. “The new products and featured improvements are specific for meeting today’s needs.”
The biggest news for 2009 is the introduction of the KingQuad 500 AXi with electric power steering. Based on the popular KingQuad 450AXi, the new 493cc fuel injected KingQuad 500 features a new cylinder and piston, plus the same features of its little brother including fuel injection, advanced engine braking and a QuadMatic CVT-type automatic transmission. The 2009 KingQuad 500 will be available in white, limited black brush and camouflage.
Suzuki’s big bore utility ATV, the KingQuad 750 AXi, will have two new versions for 2009 – the standard 4×4 and a power steering equipped model. The KingQuad 750 AXi will be available in the same colors as the 500, as well a limited edition Rockstar themed edition with special Rockstar graphics and winch and a Black Brush edition.
The KingQuad 400AS and FS will both be available in special 25th Anniversary editions commemorating Suzuki’s creation of the four-wheeled ATV back in 1983. These units come with a Warn winch as standard equipment, plus a special ‘First on 4 Wheels’ anniversary badge.
Suzuki Sport Quads for 2009 will also boast upgrades and special editions. The 2009 QuadRacer R450 has a new aluminum seat rail that reduces weight, and is available in yellow plus two special edition models. A black version sports black wheels and a gold frame and a red model also has black wheels but with a black frame.
The completely re-engineered fuel injected QuadSport Z400 will be available in a limited red/black schematic with black wheels. ATV.com will have a full review of the Z400 in the coming weeks.
In the youth line-up, the QuadSport Z50 and QuadSport Z90 ATVs will now be available with pink seats and trim.
The only major piece missing from the Suzuki lineup now appears to be a multi-passenger vehicle. Though we haven’t heard any rumblings about a two-up KingQuad, you can be sure the folks at Suzuki are looking very seriously at the side-by-side market. With Polaris, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Arctic Cat and now Honda all having side-by-side offerings and Can-Am not too far away, Suzuki is no doubt hard at work in development.