UTVs or side-by-sides as overlanding junkies call them, show an upsurge in popularity. We think it’s the ability to drive a smaller vehicle that can seat anywhere from two to four people while tackling rough terrain. Kawasaki takes a quick breather from crafting high-performance crotch rockets and is dipping its toes in UTV territory. In its first-ever attempt, the Japanese manufacturer manages to deliver an awesome machine – the 2020 TERYX KRX 1000.

Off-road enthusiasts or overlanding aficionados as some people call them are those to take pleasure in traversing natural obstacles. The equipment required to join the fun range from ATVs, UTVs, pickup trucks, and SUVs. Kawasaki appears to be expanding its repertoire with the introduction of the 2020 TERYX KRX 1000. It comes decked in Lime Green on Metallic Onyx Black or Metallic Moondust White on Metallic Onyx Black. It really does not matter which one you pick because both look ferocious.

Sitting underneath just behind the cockpit is a 999cc 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine. We know that it’s a mouthful but for those wondering, its output is equivalent to about 31 horsepower with 76.7 lb-ft of torque. Kawasaki is pairing the drivetrain with an automatic CVT and selectable 2WD and 4WD settings.

Meanwhile, the dynamic suspension with FOX 2.5 PODIUM LSC shocks and 14.4-inch ground clearance should give you a smooth ride. Furthermore, with the set of four MAXXIS Carnivore all-terrain tries will get you where you need to be. The Kawasaki 2020 TERYX KRX 1000 seats two and offers a cargo bed for whatever needs hauling.

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