At the COMTRANS 2019 exhibition GAZ Group presents a whole range of new models of light commercial vehicles, medium-duty trucks, buses and powertrains. The most notable new product unveiled at the exhibition is the new light commercial vehicle GAZelle NN developed by engineers of Gorky Automobile Plant in the year when the original GAZelle marked its 25th anniversary. Other new products include the Sadko Next off-road truck, the GAZon Next 10 running on two types of natural gas, and the upgraded Sobol 4×4. The bus range of the company is represented by the new low-floor minibus, the GAZ electric bus, the new Vector Next intercity bus and the GAZelle Next 4.6 CNG minibus. Also the GAZ Group booth features a Euro-6 diesel engine and Euro-5 gas engines based on the YMZ-530 engine family. The exhibition takes place on the premises of Crocus Expo from September 3 till September 7.
The Sadko Next off-road truck represents a new generation of the iconic GAZ off-roaders. It combines a unique off-road capability with a high level of comfort, functionality and modern engineering solutions. The integrated steering together with a new front suspension with thin leaf springs provides good handling, smooth ride and stability. The fully pneumatic brake system ensures efficient braking requiring a little force on the brake pedal. A reinforced frame made of high-strength steel, a new driveline, wheels with upgraded disks and new tires with higher load rating, axles with new steering knuckles allowed increasing the vehicle’s payload capacity while retaining high reliability and durability of the design as a whole. The new Sadko features a spacious Next three-seater cab made of galvanized steel, the vehicle’s payload capacity has increased to 3 tons (for the chassis), the fordable depth is up to 1.2 m, and now the vehicle capable of towing a trailer with a gross weight of up to 2.56 tons.
The GAZon Next 10 LNG/CNG is equipped with a combined transport system operating on two types of natural gas: LNG (liquefied natural gas) and CNG (compressed natural gas). With a comparable fuel tank capacity the LNG provides 3 times more range than the CNG. Therefore, such vehicles are most cost efficient for long daily runs. The range of a vehicle on a single tank of gas is 900 km.
The GAZelle Next 4.6 CNG minibus is designed to carry 22 passengers (19 seats and 3 standing places). The bus features an upgraded gas/gasoline EvoTech 3.0. The engine displacement increased to 3 l and a number of other engineering changes allowed increasing the engine power output and torque, reducing the heat stress and increasing the stability of running at high temperatures. The use of compressed gas allows reducing fuel costs by 40-50% (depending on the mileage and features of a particular model) compared to gasoline and diesel fuel.
The upgraded Sobol 4×4 off-road vehicle is characterized by an updated frontend styling, an upgraded front axle with CV joints, a new transfer case, an increased torque, electrically controlled. The new driver’s seat, a joystick gear shifter, as well as other engineering changes have significantly increased the vehicle’s level of comfort, reduced noise and vibration levels.
The GAZ electric bus with ultrafast charging is an updated version of the new zero-emission vehicle. It was designed in cooperation with Bauman Moscow State Technical University based on the popular LIAZ-5292 low-floor city bus to offer the best value for money operation and maintenance. The GAZ electric can carry 85 passengers, including 30 seated passengers, and has a wheelchair area. The power plant of the bus complies with the international environmental standard Zero Emission, which is characterized by a complete absence of harmful emissions into the atmosphere. The bus features a kneeling system (allowing the driver to lower the front step height), a video surveillance system and a fire extinguishing system, USB-charging, an air conditioning system and GLONASS equipment. The demonstrated model has an improved driver’s compartment: the instrument panel features an LED display to output various diagnostics data.
The YMZ-53426 Euro-6 diesel engine with a displacement of 4.43 l has optimal technical and economic parameters in terms of oil and fuel consumption, a power range of 170-210 hp, a torque of 664-780 Nm.