Caterpillar To Enter UTV Market

Caterpillar Inc. announced that it will enter the utility vehicle (UTV) market with a line of machines that will be available next year. The company has a manufacturing and supply agreement with Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. to produce the vehicles that will be sold through Cat dealers.

Sporting a steel cargo bed, the Cat UTV will reportedly handle up to 1000 lb of material and tools and will offer a 2000 lb towing capacity. The UTVs will also provide ample headroom and legroom for tall riders, said the company. No other information, including photos and engine specifications, is currently available.

“We are excited about our introduction of the first-ever Cat UTV models,” said Steve Schoening, product manager. “We look forward to offering a vehicle specifically designed to serve the needs of our existing as well as new customers. Cat utility vehicles will offer exceptional performance and stability at full load, superior reliability, and a quiet, spacious operator environment.

“Cat UTVs offer easy-to-access service points for maintenance, and customers can rely on the unmatched service and support offered by participating Cat dealers to keep their UTVs working at peak performance.”

Textron Specialized Vehicles is a division of Textron Inc. The company’s product lines include Cushman utility vehicles, Arctic Cat snowmobiles, Jacobsen professional turf equipment, E-Z-GO golf cars and Textron Off Road side-by-sides and ATVs.

When introduced next year, the Cat UTV will join a segment of the outdoor power equipment market that has already seen several new players enter with their own machines.

Zero-turn radius (ZTR) mower manufacturer Hustler Turf Equipment recently introduced the MDV, designed and built at its Hesston, Kan., factory. The standard MDV has a load capacity of 1685 lb and is powered by a Kohler diesel engine rated 23.4 hp.

Back in March, JLG Industries — the telehandler and aerial work platform company — introduced new models developed by Arctic Cat. The JLG 615G is powered by an 695cc Arctic Cat 700 gasoline engine rated 45 hp; a diesel option is expected in 2018. It has a cargo box capacity of 1000 lb.

Textron acquired powersports specialist Arctic Cat in January. In April the Arctic Cat ATVs and side-by-sides as well as Textron’s own Stampede UTV, which had been sold by under its Bad Boy Buggies brand, were renamed Textron.