INSIDE KYMCO’S 4X4S
Electric Power Steering (EPS) is the
big news for Kymco’s larger 2015 4x4
ATVs. EPS is available on the MXU 700i
LE, MXU 500i LE, MXU 700i Camo and
MXU 500i Camo.
The MXU 700i is Kymco’s largest
ATV. It’s powered by a 695cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected, four-valve, single-overhead-cam engine. A dual-range
continuously variable transmission with
engine braking sends power to a four-wheel-drive system with selectable
2WD/4WD and a front differential-lock
Four-wheel independent suspension
with 6. 2 inches of front travel and 6. 8
inches out back includes a rear sway
bar to control body roll.
Next in line is the MXU 500i. The
500i uses the same chassis and suspension as the 700i, but the engine
isn’t a small-bore version of the 700;
it’s an entirely different double-overhead-cam, four-valve, single-cylinder
For the first time, Kymco’s MXU
450i 4x4 is available in camo. It features a sporty, single-overhead-cam,
fuel-injected, four-valve engine; selectable 2WD/4WD; and a dual-range fully
automatic transmission. Like Kymco’s
larger 4x4s, the 450 has four-wheel
independent suspension with a rear
sway bar. ❏
Kymco’s Mongoose 90 and the identical Mongoose 70 have been completely restyled for
2015. Both have quiet four-stroke engines and easy-to-use automatic transmissions with
reverse. The 70 has a headlight this year, just like the 90. The 70 is $2199 and the 90 is
The fuel-injected, four-valve Maxxer 450 sport 4x4
has independent rear suspension and a fully automatic
dual-range transmission. It goes for $6899.
The MXU 300 is a 2WD sport utility machine with a
dual-range fully automatic transmission and solid-axle rear
suspension. It’s $3999.
Kymco’s Mongoose 300 sport quad has a liquid-cooled,
four-valve, single-overhead-cam engine and a fully
automatic transmission for $3849.
The 2WD MXU 150 sport utility quad has a single-range automatic transmission and solid-axle rear suspension. At $3099, it’s
one of the most affordable full-size quads on the market, and it’s
recommended for riders 14 and older.