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The Newest Addition to the Kubota RTV Family Arriving in 2018: Announcing the All New Gas-Powered RTV-XG850 Sidekick

10/26/2017 Categories: Turf

 America’s Best Selling Diesel Utility Vehicle Company Blazes Back into the Gas-Powered Market with its Fastest Yet, Boldly Designed, Five-Star Utility Vehicle


PHOENIX, Az. (October 26, 2017) – From its annual dealer meeting this week, Kubota Tractor Corporation showcased to its 1,100 dealers what “Ready for Anything” looks like with a preview of the all-new Kubota RTV-XG850 Sidekick, the company’s fastest utility vehicle yet. Around the farm to the backwoods, the new gas-powered Sidekick is ready for anything and is Kubota’s fastest, strongest, and most agile utility vehicle, with the same durability and quality that Kubota customers have come to expect from the best-selling diesel utility vehicle manufacturer in North America since 2004.1

Available at Kubota dealerships beginning spring of 2018, the new Sidekick features a quick and powerful 48-HP gasoline engine, with the speed to get there fast, up to 40 mph fast.

“With this kind of speed and versatility, Kubota customers can confidently get more work done in less time, and take on every big hill and distant destination with ease,” said Roger Gifford, Kubota product manager, utility vehicles. “The Sidekick will be the best multi-use machine on the market, ready to take on any task or terrain with the perfect balance of comfortable styling, convenient features and strong, durable Kubota performance.”  

Powerful Handling and Sleek Styling

The Sidekick’s quick acceleration and high transport speed—up to 40 mph—come from a powerful 48-HP gasoline engine. Equipped with a worry-free Continuously Variable Transmission with Centrifugal Clutch (CVT Plus), the Sidekick’s rugged, water-cooled engine provides plenty of torque for a quick and smooth take-off. The Idle Speed Control (ISC) and highland correction ensure stable power for any situation.

The Sidekick is built to handle a wide range of hauling jobs, from gear and supplies to tools and materials. And it can carry up to 15.2 cubic feet or half a ton (1,000 lbs./600 lbs. California models) in a rugged steel cargo box with optional electric hydraulic lift for fast and effortless dumping. Towing a boat or trailer is possible with the Sidekick and standard trailer hitch as it provides 2,000 lbs. towing capacity on level terrain and 1,550 lbs. on inclines.

From the new smart ergonomic digital panel, steering wheel and shift knob, to the bright LED headlights and a ton of convenience utility features, the Kubota Sidekick has everything. Available in Kubota dealerships in spring 2018, the Sidekick will be offered in four distinct colors – Kubota Orange, RealTree® AP Camo, and additional new colors green and black – all with expertly crafted details to enhance the travel experience, from bold headlights to rugged cargo panels.

A full-line of new attachments and accessory options, developed specifically for the Sidekick, will be available for customers to further enhance their RTV driving experience, adding even more comfort and customized preferences, including a premium audio system, LED headlights, sports roof or bed extender to carry more cargo, just to name a few.

1 Power Products Marketing, North American Utility Vehicle Markets Report.

About Kubota Tractor Corporation

Kubota Tractor Corporation, Grapevine, Texas, is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, including a complete line of tractors of up to 170 Gross hp, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, hay tools and spreaders, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact:  Kubota Tractor Corporation, 1000 Kubota Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051, (888) 4-KUBOTA [(888) 458-2682], Ext. 900, or visit

Kubota Tractor Corporation reserves the right to change the stated specifications without notice. These comparisons are for descriptive purposes only and do not provide any express or implied warranty of any nature, including any warranty of merchantability or for a particular purpose. For complete operational information, the operator's manual should be consulted. Kubota strongly recommends the use of a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) and seat belt in almost all applications. Kubota Tractor Corporation supplies products and services to United States residents only. For information regarding Kubota products or services outside the United States, see Kubota Corporation's global website.

Kubota Sidekick Summary

This October 2017, Kubota provided for its dealers a sneak preview of the all new RTV-XG850 Sidekick, the company’s newest utility vehicle. Available at Kubota dealerships spring 2018, the new Sidekick is built around a quick and powerful 48-HP gasoline engine, delivering on industry-leading durability and performance, all with the speed to get there fast, up to 40 mph fast. From around the farm to the backwoods, the new Sidekick is ready for anything and is the fastest, strongest, and most agile Kubota utility vehicle yet, while keeping the unsurpassed durability and quality Kubota customers have come to expect from the best-selling diesel utility vehicle manufacturer in North America since 2004, according to Power Products Marketing, North American Utility Vehicle Markets Report.