fbpx

OEM Update: Caterpillar UTV

Caterpillar has taken the wraps off its first-ever Cat utility vehicles – the gasoline-powered Cat CUV82 and diesel-powered CUV102D – at the company’s high-tech proving grounds in Peoria, IL, that featured two indoor arenas for demonstrations and testing.

Caterpillar has taken the wraps off its first-ever Cat utility vehicles – the gasoline-powered Cat CUV82 and diesel-powered CUV102D – at the company’s high-tech proving grounds in Peoria, IL, that featured two indoor arenas for demonstrations and testing.

When we arrived at the Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center in the morning for press ride and drives, Cat started off the meeting with a mandatory safety briefing. To say they are thorough is an understatement, the presentation lasted for almost 20 minutes and covered everything from where to go in case of a tornado to where the bathrooms were located in each building and who to call in case of an emergency (Cat assigns a representative to call 911)! Safety is paramount to how the company does business.

Beginning with a clean sheet design, the company says it gathered extensive customer and dealer input to build a UTV that would meet their expectations and deliver on the its mission to build tough, durable vehicles. Cat performed rigorous testing on both utility vehicles to meet their quality standards.

The CUV82 and CUV102D feature a rugged steel cargo bed and offer 1,000-pound total rear cargo capacity and 2,000-pound towing capacity for performance in a variety of applications. The UTVs boast a four-wheel independent suspension system with a front sway bar to provide unmatched stability at full load. A long swing-arm suspension, custom-tuned springs and shocks deliver a balance between a smooth ride and hauling loads. Ample ground clearance ensures these vehicles navigate rough terrain with ease.

These new Cat UTVs efficiently complete hauling tasks, quickly maneuvering over rugged terrain at the worksite at speeds reaching 45 mph, depending on model. The CUV82 is powered by a Chery 0.8L three-cylinder gasoline engine delivering 50 hp, while a 1.0L three-cylinder diesel engine delivers 25 hp power to the CUV102D.

Features such as smooth acceleration, clear sightlines and engine braking capability make the Cat UTV well suited for hauling and towing. The intuitive column shifter allows the driver to easily maneuver through all the gears. Both models feature a continuously variable transmission, tuned specifically for work applications, offering smooth transitions and the ability to handle loads. The choice of two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive or four-wheel drive/lock modes permits the driver to match vehicle drive to ground conditions.

Cat UTVs are built for quiet and comfortable operation all day long. The design minimizes noise and vibration during operation for a quieter ride. The CUV82 and CUV102D comfortably seat two riders side-by-side with ample leg, elbow and head room for tall riders.

Driver and passenger seats are both sewn for comfort as well as durability, plus the driver’s seat position and steering wheel adjust to ensure a comfortable fit. Ample behind-the-seat storage and document holder provide space for personal items and gear. The passenger seat base can be removed and stowed behind the driver seat to create floor space for hauling oversized items.

Driving ease and comfort are hallmarks of the new Cat UTV experience. Electric power steering provides superior handling and tight turning capabilities. The instrument gauge offers easy viewing of critical operating information such as ground speed, engine speed, operating hours, odometer, battery voltage, engine temperature and fuel level.

Customers can customize their UTVs to meet specific work needs through more than 50 accessory options. Multiple cab options with sealed surfaces on the ROPS structure provide a weather-tight enclosure, while other offerings include snow plows, heater, front winch and power dump. Cat UTVs are prewired for quick do-it-yourself installation of all options.

Easy-access service points simplify vehicle maintenance, while on-board advanced diagnostics reduce troubleshooting time. The new CUV82 and CUV102D UTVs will be backed by the company’s service and support from participating dealers. These UTV models will be available throughout the United States and Canada (except Quebec) in Summer of 2018.

The company says that the UTVs will also be made available in its rental fleet. The vehicles are being manufactured in Thief River, MN, at the Textron Plant (formerly Arctic Cat). Textron co-developed the UTVs along with Cat engineering, so they are not a rebranded vehicle but will be manufactured with an experienced UTV manufacturer to Cat’s requirements. Cat says the impetus to build a UTV came from customers and dealers who begged them to build one. Look for job sites to swap pickup trucks for heavy-duty Cat UTVs in the future.

As job sites are increasingly more crowded with equipment, these vehicles can reduce the footprint and liability for contractors, farmers and working ranches. And if your customer wants to take it out on the weekend for a hunting trip, it’ll be more than capable. While these units won’t hit the traditional powersports channel (only participating Cat dealers), powersports dealers may look for units to be available down the road or through pre-owned channels.  

You May Also Like

CAKE Unveils New Platform: the Bukk

The next level in the category of light electric, off-road performance motorcycles debuts at EICMA 2022.

CAKE, Bukk

CAKE, the Swedish maker of premium lightweight, electric motorcycles, today unveiled the Bukk, a new off-road platform with an initial limited-edition 50 units designed for trail and track use. The Bukk adds a new category of medium heavy bikes (cat A2) within the CAKE range and further emphasizes the commitment to accelerate the transition towards a zero-emission society, combining excitement with responsibility. 

2023 KTM LC4 Range

The KTM 690 ENDURO R and KTM 690 SMC R own every avenue.

2023 KTM 690 ENDURO R
Pirelli SCORPION Trail II Tires Selected as Original Equipment on New Zero DSR/X Electric Motorcycle

Zero’s full range of high-performance electric motorcycles come equipped with Pirelli tires.

Pirelli, Zero Motorcycles
2023 KTM 350 XC-F FACTORY EDITION

This edition sets new standards.

KTM 350 XC-F FACTORY EDITION
MPN Attends Kawasaki Media Events

The MPN team recently got the opportunity to tour the Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, as well as take a close look at new Kawasaki off-road offerings.

Kawasaki Tour

Other Posts

Destination Dealership: Wise Choice Powersports

This small-town dealership helps new riders keep from breaking the bank.

Wise Choice Powersports
Segway Villain Inventory Sells Out, Pre-Orders Now Open

Dealer response to the new product has been overwhelmingly positive.

Segway Villain
2021-2022 Can-Am Maverick X3 X RS Turbo RR (Smart Shox) PRO-UTV Spring System

Offered in two stages, these shocks are designed to increase performance and comfort.

Can-Am Smart Shox, shocks
Have You Added One Brand Too Many?

Think twice or even three times about adding additional brands to an already successful dealership.

Motorcycle business, background, motorcycle showroom, blurry abstract, blurred background and can be an illustration of motorcycle parking articles