Kubota has revealed a cost-sensitive, five-model range that will act as a successor to the MGX series. The M6-001 Utility offers power outputs of 104hp up to 143hp, each meeting Stage V emissions regulations.
Short wheelbase models (the M6-101U and M6-111U) use a 3.8-litre Kubota V3800 four-cylinder engine and offer torque levels of 346Nm and 379Nm respectively. These two models weigh 4.3 tonnes and use a 2.54m wheelbase.
The three long wheelbase models (M6-121U, M6-131U and M6-141U) are fitted with a 6.1-litre, V6108 four-cylinder engine, offering 123hp, 133hp and 143hp, with maximum torque figures of 503Nm, 544Nm and 586Nm respectively. These models weigh 4.8 tonnes and feature a 2.68m wheelbase.
Across the range, improvements have been made to exhaust aftertreatment. The performance of the DOC and DPF has been increased, with regeneration occurring at 1,200rpm (down from 2,000rpm) and using a much lower working temperature of just 50 degrees C. This makes regeneration much easier to achieve with light engine loads, lower noise levels and a reduced fuel burn.
The DPF cleaning interval is 8,000 hours on long wheelbase machines, and 6,000 hours on the smaller models. Engine oil change intervals are every 500 hours across the range.
All Utility models are equipped with a 40kph semi-powershift transmission, using eight powershifts in three mechanical ranges for 24×24 gears. There is also the option of a creeper range. The gearbox includes auto-shifting in each range and a sensitivity dial, the latter allowing operators to adjust the responsiveness of the transmission to suit the load.
Operator comfort is provided by an air suspension seat and the cab frame is taken from the M6-002 and M7003 ranges. Front axle suspension is available as an option. A wide sunroof provides increased visibility during loader operations, and Kubota will offer two loaders with 3.7m or 4m lift heights and maximum capacities of 1,950kg or 2,200kg.
The hydraulic system is a fixed displacement, open-centre system providing 71 litres per minute on short wheelbase machines, and 77 litres on the larger models. Two mechanically operated spool valves are fitted as standard, with the option of two additional spools.
An electrically controlled, five-tonne capacity linkage is fitted to the short wheelbase models, increasing to 6.1 tonnes on long wheelbase tractors. The PTO runs at 540 and 1,000rpm as standard, with a 540ECO speed available as an option, and it is possible to equip a 2.6-tonne front linkage and 1,000rpm front PTO.
All models come as standard with Kubota’s portal front axle with bevel gear drive said to offer generous ground clearance and a 55-degree steering angle.
Kubota’s M6-001 Utility series is priced from £53,300 for the 104hp M6-101U, with the M6-141U costing £75,200. A range of Kubota Care warranty packages is available, offering up to five years and 5,000 hours of cover.
For more information go to www.kubota-eu.com