Leading off-road vehicle manufacturer Polaris has announced the BRUTUS range, the world's first purpose-built side-by-side utility vehicle with front-end Power Take Off.
Based on the Polaris RANGER, BRUTUS comprises three models - BRUTUS, BRUTUS HD and BRUTUS HD PTO.
The line was built to be the most versatile, most capable and most comfortable side-by-side utility vehicles ever created, enabling users to complete more tasks without spending more time and energy.
The new BRUTUS models are specifically engineered for individuals and businesses that seek durable all-round task vehicles.
The ability to operate several front-end attachments provides users with new levels of versatility, and ultimately, a cost-effective and more productive work solution.
The Pro-Tach™ attachment system, standard on the BRUTUS HD and BRUTUS HD PTO, delivers the capability to change from one attachment to the next quickly and easily.
Creating levels of productivity never before seen in its class, a revolutionary, front-end PTO system on the BRUTUS HD PTO draws power directly from the vehicle's engine.
The high efficiency, mechanical PTO maximizes power to a line of purpose-built, out-front commercial attachments.
Featured in the complete line of attachments are three PTO-powered attachments - angle broom, finishing mower and snow blower - and three hydraulically-powered attachments - snow blade, pallet forks and materials bucket - allowing users to sweep, mow, blow, lift, plow and scoop with just one machine.
The BRUTUS product line is an outcome of the strategic alliance formed between Polaris and Bobcat in 2009. The co-developed vehicles combine the strengths of both companies with Polaris' expertise in utility vehicles and the powersports market, and Bobcat's experience in work vehicle technology and attachments.
"The introduction of the BRUTUS product family is part of our commitment to offer customers innovative and relevant vehicles that best suit their needs," David Longren, Polaris Vice President, Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) and ORV Engineering said.
"Through our 60 years of engineering experience, strategic alliances with other industry leaders and our incredible network of dealers, we are able to provide the commercial market with the most productive, reliable and versatile vehicles."
The BRUTUS models offer a 24-horsepower diesel engine with hydrostatic transmission which delivers all the torque and power needed to get the job done.
An innovative treadle pedal allows travel in forward or reverse without shifting gears, providing an ideal setup for commercial applications.
BRUTUS vehicles provide a class-leading six inches of suspension travel, which combined with On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive, allows for safe and comfortable transportation of passengers and cargo over virtually any terrain.
For optimal use of attachments regardless of weather, the BRUTUS HD PTO comes standard with a fully-enclosed, factory-installed cab with heat, defrost and air conditioning.
Available Lock & Ride® PRO-FIT™ cab components are pre-designed for the BRUTUS and BRUTUS HD frame and lock on tightly for a secure cab system.
A full line of cab, storage and vehicle protection accessories also are available for the BRUTUS line to meet each customer's unique needs.
BRUTUS models are the first side-by-side utility vehicles that use a multi-link coil over De Dion rear suspension to deliver superior ride quality.
The rear suspension supports a 566.9kg (1,250lb) cargo capacity and minimizes suspension sag when fully loaded. The suspension also maintains class-leading ground clearance when towing a trailer, with its best-in-class 907kg (2,000lb) capacity.
A pallet-sized rear cargo box features Polaris' exclusive Lock & Ride® cargo system for easy installation and removal of worksite accessories.
In addition to the BRUTUS line of work utility vehicles, Polaris' commercial offerings include current vehicles utilised by customers as reliable daily workhorses.
The portfolio consists of models from the hardest working, smoothest riding family of RANGER® side-by-sides and SPORTSMAN® all-terrain vehicles, as well as the GEM® and Goupil lines of premium compact electric vehicles.
The BRUTUS, BRUTUS HD and BRUTUS HD PTO can be seen at the Saltex exhibition on 3rd to 5th September at Windsor Racecourse, stand number A30 and will be available to order through select Polaris dealers.