Polaris Brutus Lineup Preview

Polaris brings a PTO-capable UTV to market

Story by Lucas Cooney, Photography by Polaris, Mar. 06, 2013

Looking to expand into the commercial vehicle market, Polaris has launched the new Brutus family of work vehicles. According to Polaris, the Brutus is the first side-by-side utility vehicle in the market to deliver front-end power take-off capability.

“The introduction of the Brutus product family is part of our commitment to offer the commercial customer innovative and relevant vehicles that best suit their needs,” says 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.” 

Polaris Brutus Family

Co-developed by Polaris and Bobcat, the Brutus was designed with Polaris' expertise in utility vehicles and the powersports market and Bobcat's experience in work vehicle technology and attachments. On paper the Brutus seems like the next generation of the Polaris Ranger HD, which was released in 2009 and removed from the Polaris lineup for 2013.

Polaris Brutus HD Pallet Forks

Three models make up the Brutus family – Brutus ($15,199), Brutus HD ($17,999) and Brutus HDPTO ($23,999). Polaris says these models, which are manufactured at the company's Spirit Lake, Iowa facility, are built to be the most versatile, most capable and most comfortable side-by-side utility vehicles ever created.

Each Brutus model is equipped with a 24-horsepower diesel engine with hydrostatic transmission. A treadle pedal allows travel in forward or reverse without shifting gears, providing what Polaris calls an ideal setup for commercial applications. As well, Brutus vehicles provide six inches of suspension travel and come with On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive and hydraulic power steering.

Polaris Brutus De Deion Rear Suspension

Of particular note is multi-link coil over De Deion rear suspension, which makes its first ever appearance on a side-by-side utility vehicle. The rear suspension supports a 1,250-pound cargo capacity and minimizes suspension sag when fully loaded. The suspension also maintains the 10-inch ground clearance when trailering with the Brutus' class-leading 2,000-pound towing capacity. A pallet-sized rear cargo box can hold 1,250 pounds and features Polaris' exclusive Lock & Ride cargo system. Electric cargo bed tilt is available as an option on the base Brutus and comes standard on the Brutus HD and HDPTO.

The Pro-Tach attachment system comes standard on the Brutus HD and Brutus HDPTO, allowing operators the capability to change from one attachment to the next quickly and easily. A front-end mechanical PTO comes standard on the Brutus HDPTO and is available as an option on the Brutus HD. Polaris already has three PTO-powered attachments available – 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.   

Polaris Brutus HD Cargo Box

For optimal use of attachments regardless of weather, the Brutus HDPTO 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.

Polaris Brutus HDPTO Snow Blower

The Brutus, Brutus HD and Brutus HDPTO are now available to order through select Polaris dealers with shipments starting in April.

Polaris Brutus HDPTO Attachments

In addition to the Brutus line of work utility vehicles, Polaris' commercial offerings include current vehicles utilized by customers as reliable daily workhorses. The portfolio consists of models from the Ranger side-by-sides and Sportsman all-terrain vehicles, as well as the GEM line of premium compact electric vehicles.

Polaris Brutus HD Bucket

Polaris Brutus Lineup
  Brutus Brutus HD Brutus HDPTO
MSRP $15,199 $17,999 $23,999
Engine Type 3-Cylinder Diesel 3-Cylinder Diesel 3-Cylinder Diesel
Displacement 904cc 904cc 904cc
Fuel System Indirect Injection Indirect Injection Indirect Injection
Cooling Liquid Liquid Liquid
Horsepower 24 HP 24 HP 24 HP
Transmission/Final Drive Automatic Hydrostatic with Treadle Pedal (H/L/N/Park) Automatic Hydrostatic with Treadle Pedal (H/L/N/Park) Automatic Hydrostatic with Treadle Pedal (H/L/N/Park)
Drive System On-Demand True AWD / 2WD / VersaTrac Turf Mode On-Demand True AWD / 2WD / VersaTrac Turf Mode On-Demand True AWD / 2WD / VersaTrac Turf Mode
Engine Braking System Hydrostatic EBS Hydrostatic EBS Hydrostatic EBS
Front Suspension Dual A-Arm 6" (152 mm) Travel Dual A-Arm 6" (152 mm) Travel Dual A-Arm 6" (152 mm) Travel
Rear Suspension Multi-Link Coil Over De-Dion Suspension 6" (152 mm) Travel Multi-Link Coil Over De-Dion Suspension 6" (152 mm) Travel Multi-Link Coil Over De-Dion Suspension 6" (152 mm) Travel
Front/Rear Brakes 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front Calipers 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front Calipers 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front Calipers
Front Tires 25 x 10-12; 489 25 x 9-12; Carlisle All-Trail II 25 x 9-12; Carlisle All-Trail II
Rear Tires 25 x 11-12; 489 25 x 11-12; Carlisle All-Trail II 25 x 11-12; Carlisle All-Trail II
Wheels Stamped Steel Stamped Steel Stamped Steel
Wheelbase 84.0 in. 84.0 in. 84.0 in.
Dry Weight 1,643 lbs 1,830 lbs 2,148 lbs
Overall Size (L/W/H) 125.5 in. x 64 in. x 73 in. 140 in. x 64 in. x 73 in. 140 in. x 64 in. x 74 in.
Ground Clearance 10.0 in. 10.0 in. 10.0 in.
Fuel Capacity 10.0 gal. 10.0 gal. 10.0 gal.
Bed Box Dimensions (L/W/H) 43.5 in. x 54 in. x 73 in. 43.5 in. x 54 in. x 73 in. 43.5 in. x 54 in. x 73 in.
Box Capacity 1,250 lbs 1,250 lbs 1,250 lbs
Hitch Towing Rating 2,000 lbs 2,000 lbs 2,000 lbs
Hitch Type Standard/2 in. Receiver Standard/2 in. Receiver Standard/2 in. Receiver
Cab Optional Lock & Ride PRO-FIT Cab Enclosures Optional Lock & Ride PRO-FIT Cab Enclosures Standard, Fully Enclosed Cab with Heat, Defrost and A/C
Cargo System Lock & Ride with Integrated Box Tie Downs Lock & Ride with Integrated Box Tie Downs Lock & Ride with Integrated Box Tie Downs
Lighting 55W low / 60W high, LED Tail 55W low / 60W high, LED Tail 55W low / 60W high, LED Tail
Power Steering Hydraulic Power Steering Hydraulic Power Steering Hydraulic Power Steering
Instrumentation Digital Gauge, Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Meter, Hour Meter, Gear Indicator, DC Outlet (2), Hi-Temp Light Digital Gauge, Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Meter, Hour Meter, Gear Indicator, DC Outlet (2), Hi-Temp Light Digital Gauge, Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Meter, Hour Meter, Gear Indicator, DC Outlet (2), Hi-Temp Light
Electric Cargo Bed Lift Optional Dealer-Install Accessory Standard Standard
PTO N/A Optional Dealer-Install Accessory Standard
Alternator 90 Amp 90 Amp 90 Amp
Colors Avalanche Grey Avalanche Grey Avalanche Grey

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