48 HP GASOLINE ENGINE
The Sidekick’s quick acceleration and high transport speed – up to 40 mph – comes from a powerful 48 HP gasoline engine. Idle Speed Control (ISC) and highland correction ensure stable power for any situation. Equipped with a CVT-Plus transmission, this rugged, water cooled engine provides plenty of torque for an astonishingly quick and smooth acceleration.
The Sidekick is equipped with Kubota’s worry-free CVT-Plus Transmission. The centrifugal clutch keeps the heavy, double-cogged belt tight for minimal slippage, ensuring fast response and excellent belt durability. Fully shielded to keep out dust and water, the CVT-Plus also cools the CVT belt with a large cooling fan for even greater durability.
SPEED SENSITIVE EPS
Light at low speed and firm at high speed, the Sidekick’s speed sensitive 45A EPS (electric power steering) offers exceptional steering control, improving not only handling, but also stability. Standard on all RTV-XG850 series models, the EPS ensures outstanding performance even during full payloads.
FRONT & REAR INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION
Even when fully loaded, the Sidekick won’t bottom out. Front and rear independent suspension delivers a smooth ride with plenty of ground clearance. Equipped with high strength Urethane bushings throughout the suspension for increased durability.
The Sidekick really shines when you’ve got a big job to do. Its heavy-duty steel cargo box can carry up to 15.2 cubic feet or half a ton (1,000 lbs.) of tools, firewood, gear and supplies. Plus, with a seriously smooth suspension and extra ground clearance, the Sidekick won’t bottom out. So go ahead, load it up!
SELECTABLE FULL-TIME 4WD - SIDEKICK
The selectable full-time 4WD system ensures outstanding traveling performance, even under heavy loads, providing superior traction. The 4WD system can easily be turned off when 2WD is enough for current driving conditions.
The Sidekick’s one-way sprag clutch and centrifugal clutch provides engine-assisted deceleration, letting you concentrate on steering rather than braking and giving you dependable control down steep slopes.