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2013 Kymco MXU 700i Preview


by Guillaume Rivard ,

Kymco celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013 by taking its ATV lineup to a whole new level. With the completely redesigned MXU 500i and the all-new MXU 700i, the Taiwanese manufacturer wants to make a statement to customers and competitors alike: “Let's show you how it's done!”

Unlike some of the other heavy and big-bore ATVs out there, the 2013 Kymco MXU 700i is said to be agile and responsive thanks to clever R&D that reduced the overall weight of the engine by 40 lbs. A fully redesigned frame moves the single-cylinder back 30 mm to optimize the weight distribution andto achieve a near 50/50 balance. Additionally, the 1” longer front A-arms make for a plusher ride with more articulation and suspension travel.

Power first
Designed around a liquid-cooled, 695cc, 4-stroke, DOHC engine that produces 45 hp at 6,500 rpm and 38 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 pm, the 2013 Kymco MXU 700i is made to tackle any terrain with force.

At the same time, the fully automatic CVT and electronic fuel injection system will make it a smooth transition as you pick up speed, not to mention that you can shift from 2WD to 4WD on the fly with an electronic locking front differential.

Speaking of smooth, the 2013 Kymco MXU 700i's 4-wheel independent suspension will ensure a comfortable ride, while the digital instrument cluster with an analog tachometer should make for easy reading. When it comes to slowing down, riders will benefit from cross-drilled brake rotors all around.

Focus on design and functionality
As far as styling is concerned, Kymco started back from scratch and used a new, more modern approach, reportedly taking cues not from the competition, but rather today's luxury pick-up trucks and SUVs. The 2013 Kymco MXU 700i sports a large front grille, replaceable fender flares, aggressively styled 12” tires and wheels, fully enclosed floorboards, and stainless steel braided brake lines.

There are storage compartments under each front fender and under the right rear fender. Sturdy cargo racks have beenare fitted as well, and towing capacity is rated at 454 kg. Available colours include red, blue, black, and brown.

Kymco MXU 700i 2013 vue face
Photo: Kymco

Moving up to the top of the ladder, the MXU 700i Limited Edition stands out with a silver metallic finish, 14” black alloy wheels, rugged Kenda Bounty Hunter tires, and a 3,000-lb built-in winch.

The 2013 Kymco MXU 700i starts at $8,795.