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Suzuki Launches Redesigned KingQuad Models
Suzuki introduced the industry’s first four-wheeled ATV in 1983. Now, it is releasing fully redesigned models of the iconic KingQuad.
“We’ve always been the innovator,” says Avery Innis, press relations manager.
“With the improvements, from a technical standpoint, this is an all-new ATV and, while it looks very much like past KingQuads, that’s by design. Don’t let that fool you,” explains vice president of sales and marketing Kerry Graeber. “This is a reengineered ATV designed for significant improvement.”
The updated line of ATVs is built for work and play with attractive features for farmers, ranchers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
Ready to Work
Thicker steel tubes make up the new frame and provide both the 2019 KingQuad 500AXi and KingQuad 750AXi with increased towing capacity over previous versions. Each vehicle can pull up to 1,322 pounds. The hitch has been changed from older models to a standard 2-inch receiver-style hitch.
Steel-tube cargo racks allow riders to load up feed, seed, or tools on the front and back, up to 66 pounds and 132 pounds, respectively. The cargo racks are covered in a durable, scratch-resistant paint.
Although accessories like a winch are sold separately, standard mounts and wire conduit make installation simple for customers who choose to upgrade.
Engine and Transmission
Both the engine and transmission have been improved on 2019 models.
An updated four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine delivers more power. It is fully emissions-compliant without distracting from performance. The 750AXi has a displacement of 722 cc; the 500AXi model has 493 cc.
Size and capacity of the engine’s oil pump were increased to create more flow and to supply the new piston oil jet system to increase engine durability.
“Advanced Suzuki Fuel Injection improves throttle response and fuel efficiency while delivering power consistently across the full rev-range, and improves engine starting in all conditions,” says a company statement. Fuel tank capacity is 4.6 gallons, and the tank is positioned for a low center of gravity. A racheting gas cap prevents overtightening.
Improvements to the Quadmatic CVT-type automatic transmission will make riders more confident across various terrain. The KingQuad’s engine-breaking system helps control the vehicle when the throttle is not engaged. This is especially helpful during steep descents.
Using the left-fender-mounted shifter, the driver selects between reverse, neutral, high, or low.
Four-wheel drive can be engaged and locked on the fly with handle bar-mounted push-button controls. If the ATV is stuck in the mud, an override button on the left handlebar can be used to override the normal speed limiter.
High-traction 25-inch Carlisle tires mounted on matte-black steel wheels come standard on the KingQuad. Lighter aluminum wheels are available as an option.
Dual hydraulic front disc brakes have been updated with more durable brake pad material. Fluid lines and lever rations have been optimized to improve performance as well.
A new foot brake lever ration for the rear brake system gives the driver more control.
A three-phase changing system feeds the KingQuad’s 18-amp battery for easy starting and accessory use.
A new 35W handlebar-mounted light illuminates the path directly ahead. This light is controlled separately from the headlights, to give the rider more control. The KingQuad taillights have been upgraded to low-draw LED lights for longer life.
Skid plates made of polyethylene protect the bottom of the ATV from rocks and rough terrain. Tough plastic guards shield the front and rear half shafts.
Look and Feel
The T-shape design of the seat allows the rider to be comfortable while shifting their weight to tackle difficult terrain. Fully independent A-arm/I-beam rear suspension delivers 7.7 inches of wheel travel for a smoother ride. Gas-charged shock absorbers with five-way spring preload adjustment are also key. A new rear stabilizer bar with a larger diameter has more compliant bushings and helps control body movement and reduces shocks to the rider.
Riders are protected by full floor boards with integrated foot pegs. There is a rear brake pedal on the right side of the machine.
High-clearance fenders protect the rider from flying debris. Refined panels simplify maintenance like checking the oil level, and servicing fuel and air filters.
The 2019 KingQuads have a new solid, edgy look. This is a more aggressive style than in the past.
It is available in three sizes, four trim levels, and six colors. White and bronze are new color options for 2019.
The LED dash features programable service reminders along with standard information like speed, mileage, fuel level, and engine hours. It has been updated to be easier to read.
A fender-mounted sealed 12V DC outlet makes charging essential electronics easy. The outlet is a standard feature for all models.
Three storage compartments keep essentials like keys and small electronics safe from dust and debris.
More than 20 Suzuki accessories complement the newly redesigned ATVs.
A quick-release plow blade makes moving snow simple. “Tool-free installation can be completed in seconds,” Accessories Specialist Geoff Walters says. The attachment mounts to the front of the vehicle so there is no need to crawl under the machine to make adjustments. A lever in the front allows the user to select one of five side-to-side angles, and by attaching the winch up and down movement can be controlled.
The GPS Tank Bag accessory mounts right in front of the rider and allows them to use their phone or GPS monitor while shielding it from the elements.
A weather-resistant utility box can be added to increase storage. The latch is designed to accommodate a padlock for extra security. Capacity of the utility box is 100 pounds.
Windshields and bumpers may also be added to the KingQuad.
Price and Availability
These ATVs are manufactured in Rome, Georgia. “Building these products in the U.S. for American users is very, very important to us,” says Graeber.
He continues, “It’s the heartland of people that use them. It’s part of our brand and part of our heritage, and we’e very proud of that.”
Suzuki offers a 12-month limited warranty on all its new ATVs.
KingQuads will begin arriving at dealerships in early June 2018. Pricing information will be available next week.
For more information, visit www.suzukicycle.com or talk to your local dealer.