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UTV offers perks of small truck

See electric dump and other upgrades to Intimidator’s crossover GC1K Truck Series.

You can have your flatbed and cargo box, too. Intimidator UTV improved on its original truck series by offering a new engine and electric dump-bed capabilities, complete with a rugged off-road look.

“Our new GC1K Truck Series features the largest UTV bed in the industry, with an electric dump bed and standard reverse lights,” says Matt Foster, director of business development for the Intimidator Group.

“This is our flagship look,” Foster says of the 2020 GC1K Truck manufactured in Batesville, Ark. After test-driving the new series in the Ozark Hills, here’s what was discovered.

Initial glance

From the first look, there is a definite difference in the doors. In the GC1K Truck Series, the doors are rotomolded plastic, not mesh flaps. The doors, body and front end have a rugged off-road look that makes it fit in on the farm and the trail.

Right behind the doors on each side are toolboxes. The weather stripping along the inside lip makes for a tight seal, keeping the content on the inside clean and dry. The boxes and the frame are powder-coated to stave off corrosion from the elements.

Power position

If you are looking for some get up and go in a UTV, under the seat is the Taiwan Golden Bee or TGB 1000 V-Twin Engine. This 83-horsepower engine can reach speeds of 65 mph, which makes the seat belts for the three on the bench seat imperative.

This heavy-duty UTV rests on14-inch wheels — 8-ply radial front and rear tires with a gripping tread pattern. The Intimidator GC1K Truck Series has independent suspension, allowing it to nimbly move across all types of terrain from rocky roads to rolling pastures.

It has rear hitch for traditional 2-inch truck receiver and can handle up to 2,500-pound towing capacity.

Customer request

Perhaps one the most anticipated upgrades is the electric dump bed. The company’s original Truck Series already boasted the largest bed in the industry at 70 by 60 by 14 inches, with fold-down sides, but Foster says customers wanted more.

“They kept telling us we really like the bed,” he says, “but it would be great if it would tilt.” So, the Intimidator designers did one better and made the truck-like bed, complete with diamond plate liner, tilt using just one finger right from the cab.

The bed does not have built in D-ring anchors for tiedowns, rather there are oval holes cut in the side floor for securing a load. These slender holes allow for straps to pass through and secure on the underside of the bed.

Foster says Intimidator wanted its GC1K Truck Series to provide options for farmers. “They can load pallets with a forklift onto the bed without worrying about getting hung up on a hook,” he says.

The GC1K Truck Series has a 1,000-pound payload capacity.

Price point

Depending on model and accessories, the GC1K can cost up to $18,499, but what’s impressive is that this company offers a discount if you pay in cash — cold, hard cash talks to the tune of $1,700 in savings.

You can build your own GC1K Truck Series online or visit a dealer.

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