Friday, 11 March 2022 11:55

Pioneer stands out in a crowded market

Written by  Mark Daniel
Pioneer 1000’s cabin, a wide, comfortable bench seat offers accommodation for up to three passengers. Pioneer 1000’s cabin, a wide, comfortable bench seat offers accommodation for up to three passengers.

Honda's Pioneer UTV has a huge following on the farms and back blocks of New Zealand, no doubt driven by its reliability, but also by a host of technical features that makes it stand out from a crowded market.

At the heart of the Pioneer 1000 and 1000-5, a purpose-built 999cc parallel-twin engine is mounted longitudinally, a feature unique to Honda, that removes right-angles in the driveline and, it says, delivers more power to the ground.

The engine delivers its power to the industry’s first fully automated Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) that also incorporates a Sport Mode switch and manual paddle-type shifters for ultimate control.

Complementing the main transmission, a low-range sub-trans doubles the number of gears from six to twelve, while diff-lock and turf mode functions help to increase climbing ability and reduce terrain damage respectively.

Underpinning the unique design and helping to improve durability, the all gear design, with no belts, provides a direct, connected feel between the accelerator and the wheels, as well as reducing maintenance and transferring power efficiently.

Taking a closer look at the chassis, a purpose-built, dual A-arm design and fully independent suspension front and rear, offers 10.5 inches of travel up front, 10.0 inches at the rear back for a controlled comfortable ride.

On the five-person models, an automatic self-levelling rear suspension system maintains the appropriate ride height when fully loaded, using a series of hydraulic chambers to maximise ride comfort and maintain consistent vehicle handling.

At the rear, a large tilting cargo bed adds to the massive one tonne towing capacity.

As a bonus, the 5P model features the QuickFlip function, allowing users to quickly configure the machine for personnel or cargo. 

In the Pioneer 1000’s cabin, a wide, comfortable bench seat offers accommodation for up to three passengers, with hand-hold straps and a shoulder belt for the centre occupant, while hard doors with nets on all models keep occupants safe from foreign objects. Ahead of the driver, large, easy-to-reach transmission and drive levers with positive detents make it easy to choose the selected gear and drive mode by sight or feel.  The LCD multifunction display has a large screen, showing speed, odometer, tachometer, gear selection and a range of other key machine statuses

The Pioneer 1000 joins the well-established Pioneer 520, and 700 series.

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