Kubota has renamed its long-standing MGX range the M6-001 Utility series, which spans the same 104hp to 143hp segment to slot between the smaller M5-002 and higher-spec M6-002.
Little else has changed, aside from improvements to exhaust after-treatment where diesel particulate filter regeneration can be achieved at lower engine revs – down from 2,000rpm to nearer 1,200rpm – and at a temperature of just 50C. This makes makes regeneration much easier to achieve, with light engine loads, lower noise levels and a reduced fuel burn, says Kubota.
The rest of the spec remains as before, with the short-wheelbase (2.54m) M6-101U and M6-111U both packing the same 3.8-litre Kubota four-cylinder engine that serves up maximum power and torque outputs of 104hp/346Nm and 111hp/379Nm, respectively.
The long-wheelbase (2.68m) M6-121U, M6-131U and M6-141U use the firm’s 6.1-litre four-cylinder block, rated to 123hp/503Nm, 133hp/544Nm and 143hp/586Nm.
All M6-001 Utility models get a 40kph semi-powershift transmission with eight steps in three mechanical ranges and the option of a creeper range to extend the ratio count to 32. Nice-to-have functions includes auto-shifting in each range and a sensitivity dial that allows operators to adjust the responsiveness of gear changes.
However, hydraulic output has been reduced – down from 76 to 71 litres/min on short-wheelbase models and from 82 to 77 litres/min on the larger versions. Two mechanically operated spool valves are fitted as standard and another two can be specced as optional extras.
As before, rear lift is 5t or 6.1t depending on the model, a two-speed pto is standard, and all models can be fitted with a 2.6t-rated front linkage.
M6-001 Utility models also get Kubota’s portal front axle with bevel gear drive, the same cab frame as the bigger ranges and the choice of two loaders – 3.7m or 4m lift height and maximum capacities of 1,950kg or 2,200kg.
Prices start from £53,300 for the 104hp M6-101U and £75,200 for the M6-141U. That’s a rise of roughly £5,000 over their predecessors.