The new Polaris General is here

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The 2016 General 1000 EPS is a cross between the sporty RZR and the hardworking Ranger. — photo courtesy Polaris Industries

Polaris shocked the industry this week by unveiling a brand-new line of side-by-sides.

The General—or what Bloomberg Business has called the Cadillac Escalade of off-road vehicles—is a rec-utility machine that fills the gap between the sport-oriented RZR line and the hardworking Ranger.

At the heart and soul of the General is a ProStar 1000 engine that delivers 100 horsepower and enough torque to handle a 1,100-pound payload and up to 1,500 pounds of towing weight.

With adjustable Fox Podium Shocks, 13 inches of rear travel and 12 inches of ground clearance on an 81-inch wheelbase, the General is built to handle any kind of terrain. It also features an advanced engine braking system and the industry’s fastest-engaging all-wheel-drive system.

Performance is great but comfort is key when it comes to side-by-sides and that is probably why the General comes with an all-new cockpit. Inside, there are premium bucket seats, storage bins, tilt steering, a centre console and a customizable instrumentation cluster. Full half-doors complete the package.

A fully enclosed cab is also made available for the General. In fact, the options for customizing this vehicle are almost limitless.

The General comes in base, premium and deluxe models with variances on the pricing and options, although electronic power steering is standard across the board. For more information, see the press release or visit the Polaris website

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