Kubota Tractor Corporation plans to introduce six new machines across its construction lineup in 2021.
Kubota dealers were able to get a sneak peek of the new machine introductions at Kubota Connect, the manufacturer’s annual dealer meeting, which was held virtually this fall.
While the format was different, Kubota said the meeting represented no slow down on its behalf, as the company rolled out new innovations and engineering in the construction equipment segment, further expanding its offerings to contractors and commercial landscapers.
“Clearly, this year has presented some challenges in the global business world, but the fact that Kubota provides equipment for a variety of essential markets has allowed us to continue product innovation and development across the board,” said Tom Burton, Kubota’s product marketing director for construction and national accounts.
“Looking ahead at 2021, it’s the ‘year of the excavator’ for Kubota as we’re expanding our construction equipment offering with a new model and several updates to our excavators, in addition to introducing new wheel loaders and attachments. We value our dealer relationships and welcome the opportunity to preview what’s in our pipeline for what’s to come in 2021, and it is sure to be an exciting year ahead.”
In 2021, Kubota will introduce updates across its excavator line. As well, the company’s most notable unveiling at Kubota Connect is the U48-5, a brand-new model and Kubota’s response to the growing four-to-six ton excavator market.
The reduced tail swing U48-5 compact excavator will complement the U Series and bridge a size gap between Kubota’s KX040-4 and its U55-4.
Kubota will be updating several other excavators from -4 to a next generation of -5 models.
Kubota’s next generation of excavators will include various engineering refinements with a focus on technology and precision control, enhanced operator comfort and consistent high performance.
Wheel loader updates
Kubota is also updating its R Series wheel loader line. The R30 Series will be updated to an R40 Series, and will feature improvements to visibility, enhanced comfort and increased stability and loader lift performance.
As well, two new models will be added to the lineup, replacing two prior models, and both will be available at dealerships in the first quarter of 2021. Kubota plans to release more details when the machines are launched.
Compact track loaders
During Kubota Connect, Kubota delivered a preview of a new addition to its compact track loader line with the introduction of the new SVL97-2.
The new SVL97-2 will replace the popular SVL95-2 and features improved durability and reliability, via an update to the DEF system, the addition of in-cab technology and enhanced operator comfort.
The new track loader will have an operating weight of 5,260 kg and have a rated operating capacity of 1,450 kg. More specs and details are expected to be released in the first quarter of 2021.
With its sister company Land Pride, Kubota unveiled a variety of new attachments and implements across its construction lineup. Dealers were able to preview new vibratory rollers, pallet forks, buckets and a breaker for the SCL1000, hydraulic coupler for the KX and U Series excavator lines, as well as a SC6072 skid cutter, equipped to cut grass, weeds and brush, far exceeding the capabilities of its smaller predecessor.
Each new machine, alongside more details and specs, will be announced individually and available in the first quarter of 2021.