Utility vehicle

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Not to be confused with Public utility vehicle.

A utility vehicle is a vehicle, generally motorized, that is designed to carry out a specific task with more efficiency than a general-purpose vehicle.

Types of utility vehicles[edit]

Armored Utility Vehicle[edit]

This type of vehicle is mainly used by military and also called as military utility vehicle. It mainly consists of vehicles like military tanks, trucks, etc.

Sport Utility Vehicle[edit]

Traditionally, these are vehicles similar to a station wagon but they are built on a light-truck chassis and equipped with four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive amongst other off-road hardware. Their primary purpose is to display superior off-road and towing capabilities, teamed with higher seating capacity.

Main article: Sport utility vehicle

Multi Utility Vehicle[edit]

These are larger vehicles which can tackle a wide range of applications. They typically allow easy conversion between multiple combinations of passenger and luggage capacity.

Crossover Utility Vehicle[edit]

Kawasaki Mule used for snow removal

Station wagons based on a car chassis, but built to resemble sport utility vehicles. They have limited off-road capability but sportier on-road behavior than SUVs. May also be referred to as a "Sports Activity Vehicle", as is the case with BMW's X-range of vehicles.

Main article: BMW X Models

Light equipment[edit]

Vehicles like the Kawasaki MULE in which a flat bed is added to an all terrain vehicle. Generally used as a maintenance vehicle.

Coupé utility or Tray utility vehicle[edit]

Vehicles featuring a coupe passenger compartment with an attached cargo bed. All-steel-bodied utility vehicles, more commonly called utes, were invented in Australia.

Main article: Coupé utility

Utility Terrain Vehicle[edit]

A type of small vehicle like an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) but with more truck-like features for working instead of recreation.