2024 Kawasaki Ridge/ Ridge XR

 

As crossovers go, the Kawasaki Ridge is just as feature filled as a Polaris Xpedition. About the only thing the Ridge doesn’t have is covered storage. However, like the Xpedition, the Ridge comes in two versions; Ridge and Ridge XR.

Kawasaki Ridge/ Ridge XR

Kawasaki’s original Teryx has had a stronghold on the tight trail, recreational UTV market from the mountains of Utah to the Appellations for years. Their Mule lineup has been a top choice for farmers and ranchers nationwide for decades. However team green has not had a good crossover, Rec/Ute machine to compete with the likes of the Polaris General or Yamaha RMAX until now. The new Ridge is just that and Kawasaki hopes with such unique features like powerful, 4-cylinder engine and the comfort of an enclosed cab with heat and A/C, they can take chunk of this market too.

Kawasaki Ridge/ Ridge XR

   The new model is available in a handful of configurations. Most notably, the HVAC versions will no doubtedly be focused on first. As this is the first Rec/Ute model to feature HVAC beside the Polaris Xpedition. However, the comfort of HVAC can be had in the Ridge or Ridge XR. The difference between the standard and XR versions  are a bit more involved. We claim XR stands for “Xtreme Ridge”. What XR gives you is more power, larger tires but less seats. Other differences between the two are that the Ridge XR only has two seats, but a faster 116 hp tune on the engine.

The base Ridge, is more aimed at the work/hunting crowd so there’s in an extra seat belt incase the need arises to move another passenger. Power is limited slightly abut it still has an impressive 92HP with 65.6 lb ft of torque.

Both models have the adjustable ignition, with “Normal” Work” “Sport” modes. The sportier XR model does get a locking front differential and both machines have the ability to unlock the rear differentials with is great for driving on sensitive terrain.

See below for the highlights of Kawasaki’s all new Ridge and Ridge XR

2024 KAWASAKI RIDGE

92 Hp via 4 cylinder engine

65.6 ft lb of torque

3 drive modes

CVT Temp gauge

13 Gal gas tank

Seating for 3

27×14 Tires

12.7” Wheel travel

1,120 W Alternator

Claimed Wet Weight: 2044lb (HVAC)

Front/rear cameras

ProFit ROPS cage

Steel front wheel wells

2024 KAWASAKI RIDGE XR

116 Hp via 4 cylinder engine

73.8 ft lb of torque

3 drive modes

CVT Temp gauge

13 Gal gas tank

Seating for 3

30×10-14 Tires

12.7” Wheel travel

Locking front/rear differentials

1,120 W Alternator

Claimed Wet Weight: 2066lb (HVAC)

Garmin Tread

Poker Run mode?

ProFit ROPS cage

Steel front wheel wells

The dumping bed measures 37.6″ x 49.0″ x 12.8″.

 

 

There is a CVT temp gauge on the instrument panel and a Garmin Tread can be installed in the center of the dash.

 

2024 KAWASAKI RIDGE (RIDGE XR) SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type 4-Stroke, EFI, In-Line 4-Cylinder, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC

Displacement 999cc

Bore & Stroke 73.5 x 59.0 mm

Horsepower 92…116 (XR)

Maximum Torque 73.8 lb-ft @ 8,000 rpm

Transmission CVT, H/L/N/R

Final Drive Selectable 2WD/4WD, Shaft, rear differential lock, (Front diff lock on XR model only)

Front Tire 27 x 9-14…30X10-14 (XR) Duro Powergrip V2

Rear Tire 27 x 11-14…30X10-14 (XR) Duro Powergrip V2

Wheelbase 90.7 in.

Turning Radius 15 feet

Brakes Front and Rear Hydraulic Disc

Front Suspension Double Wishbone/12.7″ wheel travel

Rear Suspension Double Wishbone/12.7″ wheel travel

Ground Clearance 12.6”…13.8” (XR)

Fuel Tank Capacity 12.9 gal.

Track Front/Rear 53.5/51.2”…53.5/53.5”” (XR)

Towing Capacity 2,000 lb.

LxWxH 126.4 x 64.0 x 81.9”…125.4 x 64.0 x 82.3” (XR)

Bed Capacity 1,000 lb. (600 lb. CA)

Bed Dimensions 37.6″ x 49.0″ x 12.8″

Seating Capacity 3…2 (XR)

Curb Weight 1,909.5 (Ranch), 2,044.0 (HVAC), 2,022.0 (Limited) lb., 2066.1 (XR)

Price $23,999 (Ranch), $29,999 ( HVAC), $35,000 (LTD), $TBA (XR HVAC)

Warranty Kawasaki Strong 3-Year Limited Warranty. Kawasaki Protection Plus 12, 24, 36 or 48 Months extended plans available.

Contact www.kawasaki.com

The new 4 cylinder engine is mated to a CVT transmission.

OUR INITIAL THOUGHTS

It’s great to see another competitor in the rec/utility market. Even better, having one available with heat and A/C gives it an advantage right off the start. The Ridge XR does have a bit less wheel travel than the other two but it does have a longer wheelbase. That added length will help it get through the bumps just long Can-Am’s Commander does with its similar wheelbase numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEY COMPONENT COMPARISON

Kawasaki Ridge XR

Horsepower: 116hp

Wheel travel: 12.7″F/12.7″R

Wheelbase:90.7″

Price: TBA

Polaris General XP

Horsepower:100

Wheel travel: 14″F/14″R

Wheelbase: 83″

Price: $24,499

Yamaha Wolverine RMAX1000

Horsepower:108

Wheel travel:14.2″F/16.9″R

Wheelbase: 86.7″

Price: $22,299

Can-Am Commander XTR

Horsepower: 100hp

Wheel travel:14″F/14″R

Wheelbase:90.6″

Price: $25,699

 

Kawasaki Ridge/ Ridge XR

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