While the competition does its best to play catch-up and eat into Polaris' dominance of the Side-by-Side market, the Minnesota-based manufacturer continues to push forward and change the way we think of UTVs. The latest example can be found in some patent documents we dug up for an innovative-looking four-seat Utility Side-by-Side.
We don't have a name for this machine yet, but it strikes a brutish pose that looks like it could be used on the jobsite or a military base. Most notable is the cargo bed, which opens up in the cab, where long items can be housed in a center tunnel between the seats. This would seem ideal for carrying lumber, ladders, or a myriad of military tools. This UTV looks like a cargo mover above all else.
The vehicle itself seems very large, but it's hard to say by looking at the patent drawings how much larger it is than a Ranger Crew six-seat machine. We're inclined to think it's a good bit wider, but it's tough to judge from the drawings and the patent documents reveal no measurements.
As for the powerplant, our initial reaction was a vehicle of this size designed to move this amount of cargo would require a bigger engine than Polaris currently has in its arsenal. However, developing a new engine is incredibly expensive and we're not sure a vehicle like this would generate the type of sales to offset that cost (unless Polaris has plans for a lineup of new super Utility-minded UTVs). Your guess is as good as ours, but Polaris' 904cc three-cylinder diesel seems like a good choice.
Patent drawings also show an interesting suspension setup on this UTV. While the front end looks like a relatively typical dual A-arm design, the rear is harder to peg. We'd guess it's similar to the multi-link coil over De-Deion design found on the Polaris Brutus line, but the drawings do not look identical to photos of the Brutus rear end. The drawings show the rear suspension arms running into a box in the middle where they would connect to the frame, but we're not sure what its purpose is.
It's possible this could be the vehicle Polaris would introduce its semi-active suspension on (click here for more information on that), but we still think that will wind up on the Polaris RZR family.
While we would very much like to see a completed version of this Polaris UTV, we don't know if it will ever get built. However, Polaris is planning to unveil its 2015 lineup on July 27, so it's possible we could be seeing it very soon.