2016 Polaris General

Polaris, the groundbreaking manufacturer known for its popular RZR and Ranger side-by-sides, announced an entirely new machine to add it its already impressive UTV lineup. The Polaris General™ is being marketed as a “rec-utility” UTV, and it’s not hard to understand why. It features many of the performance and utility attributes that have made the RZR and Ranger lines so popular. The result is a new side-by-side that is certain to make an impact in the industry and will be a big player in Polaris’ lineup for many years to come.

The General will be available in three different models, with some hitting dealerships in December. See the specifications below for a comparison of the three models.

2016 Polaris General Deluxe on a Dirt Road

Polaris General Features

The General utilizes a ProStar 999cc twin engine, delivering 100 horsepower and 65 foot-pounds of torque. It features a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio for maximum performance, allowing it to go 0-40 mph in 3.6 seconds. It also has 1,100 lbs. total payload (including a 600 lbs. dump box) and a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. The result is a machine that has the power to match the performance of a RZR and the workload of a Ranger.

The Polaris General utilizes four-wheel disc brakes with dual-piston calipers on 9″ steel rotors to provide excellent stopping power to match its high-powered engine. It features a high-performance close ratio all-wheel drive, enabling it to tackle challenging terrain. Front and rear sway bars provide exceptional handling.

The Polaris General Deluxe model comes with Fox Podium X 2.0 shocks that feature an adjustment knob, allowing the firmness of the shocks to be altered with just the turn of a dial. (For more information on the differences between models, see the specs below.) With 12″ ground clearance, the General is able to handle even difficult environments.

The cab is protected by standard half doors with automotive-style latches and excellent sealing against water. The bucket seats are both secure and comfortable. The driver’s seat can slide forward or backward, and the steering wheel can pivot up or down. Handholds have been placed at the passenger’s sides. Polaris has completely redesigned the cockpit, which includes customizable digital instrumentation. Including both the in-dash storage and the center console, 23 liters of storage area is available.

2016 Polaris General Base Model on a Dirt Road

2016 Polaris General Specs

2016 Polaris General 1000 EPS
Model Base
2016 Polaris General Base Model (Indy Red) Side View
2016 Polaris General Premium Model (Velocity Blue) Side View
2016 Polaris General Deluxe Model (Orange Burst) Side View
Engine & Drivetrain
Cooling Liquid
Drive System Type High Performance On-Demand AWD/2WD
Engine Braking System (EBS) Standard
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission/Final Drive Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft
Cylinders-Displacement (cc) 999cc
Engine Type 4-Stroke Twin Cylinder DOHC
Front Suspension Dual A-Arm with Stabilizer Bar 12.25″ (31.1 cm) Travel Dual A-Arm with Stabilizer Bar, FOX Performance Series – 2.0 Podium X Shocks, 12.25″ (31.1 cm) Travel
Rear Suspension Dual A-Arm with Stabilizer Bar, IRS 13.2″ (33.5 cm) Travel Dual A-Arm with Stabilizer Bar, FOX Performance Series – 2.0 Podium X Shocks, 13.2″ (33.5 cm) Travel
Front/Rear Brakes 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front Calipers
Parking Brake Park In-Transmission
Tires / Wheels
Front Tires 27 x 9-12; AT489 II 27 x 9-14; Dirt Commander (8-Ply)
Rear Tires 27 x 11-12; AT489 II 27 x 11-14; Dirt Commander (8-Ply)
Wheels Stamped Steel Cast Aluminum
Bed Box Dimensions
(L x W x H)
27.5 x 43.1 x 11.6 in. (69.8 x 109 x 29.5 cm)
Front/Rear Rack or Box Capacity N.A./600 lbs. (272 kg)
Fuel Capacity 9.5 gal (35.9 L)
Ground Clearance 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Overall Vehicle Size (L x W x H) 116.4 x 62.5 x 73.8 in. (295.6 x 158.7 x 187 cm)
Payload Capacity 1,100 lbs. (499 kg)
Person Capacity 2
Wheelbase 81 in. (206 cm)
Estimated Dry Weight 1,430 lbs. (648 kg) 1,491 lbs. (676 kg) 1,544 lbs. (700 kg)
Adjustable Driver Seat Standard
Cargo System Lock & Ride®
Doors Half Doors Standard
Electronic Power Steering Standard
Hitch Towing Rating 1,500 lbs. (680 kg)
Hitch Type Standard/2″ Receiver
Instrumentation Digital Gauge, Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Tripmeter, Clock, Hour Meter, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp, Coolant Temperature, Voltmeter, Service Indicator, Seat Belt Reminder, User-Selectable Blue/Red Backlighting, Gear Indicator, DC Outlet (2)
Lighting 55W low/ 60W high, LED Tail
Tilt Steering Standard
Polaris® Lock & Ride® Pro Fit Cab System Standard
Color / Graphics Indy Red Velocity Blue Orange Burst
Bodywork In-Mold Painted
Special Features Center Console w/ 12V DC Outlet
GENERAL® Sport Low Profile Front Bumper, Polaris® HD 4500 LB. Winch
GENERAL® Pro-Fit Lock & Ride® Sport Roof, GENERAL® MTX® Premium Soundbar, Convex Rear View Mirror
Release March 2016 December 2015
Starting US MSRP $15,999 $17,499 $19,999
Image 2016 Polaris General Base Model (Indy Red) 2016 Polaris General Premium Model (Velocity Blue) 2016 Polaris General Deluxe Model (Orange Burst) Side View

2016 Polaris General Deluxe Hauling Rocks

What do you think about the new Polaris General? Is this a machine that you’ll be picking up? Do you prefer the already established RZR or Ranger (or a competitor’s machine)? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. If you want more information about the General, you can visit Polaris.com.

2016 Polaris General Premium at a Campfire