Kawasaki brought a diesel option to its Mule 3010 Trans4x4 last year and added electric power steering (EPS) to the diesel unit for 2008. The Trans4x4 is designed as a four-passenger compact utility vehicle, but can be easily transformed to a two seater with added cargo space by folding up the rear seat and extending the bed. An electronic controller on the EPS uses input from a speed sensor and torque sensor to determine the amount of assistance provided. The three-cylinder diesel displaces 953 cubic centimeters. Estimated list price on the diesel model is $12,000.
By Larry Stewart, Executive Editor | September 28, 2010