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Gazel Next test drive

Gazel Next test drive

04.08.2015
If you see this car from afar you might not recognize a famous Russian van in this vehicle. Its appearance has something in common with vans of foreign brands such as Mercedes and Ford.

If you see this car from afar you might not recognize a famous Russian van in this vehicle. Its appearance has something in common with vans of foreign brands such as Mercedes and Ford.

Many elements, including its bottom, sills, wheel arches, doors, bonnet and side panels, have been galvanized in order to protect against corrosion. Rust is no longer a threat to the wings as they are made of plastic. The body has more space now which is good for the carriers.

The lights are equipped with one lamp, there are also daytime running lights added to a set of optics. The front bumper has three elements not one. There are big changes in wipers, they are more synchronous and longer now. The washer fluid reservoir volume is five litres and the nozzles have been removed from the bonnet onto the wipers (the washer works more efficient and economical).

Its side mirrors have been increased by one third, they are heated and has servo drive. Additional turn indicators are on the wings not mirrors. Such an economy is not very clear. Exterior door handles are more comfortable now.

Let’s look inside now. The cabin is more spacious. Compared to the previous model there is more space now, it is larger in the width and height. Everything inside the car is changed for the best. Power windows, door trimming with wide panels, a height adjustable armrest, more comfortable seats… The cabin is more comfortable, the interior is more modern. But the gear knob is still associated with the distant past.

The Next is equipped with two power units:a petrol one (2.7 litres) – 107 hp and a turbodiesel (2.8 litres) – 120hp. The diesel engine has a new cooling system, the radiator is increased . You can monitor the level of cooling fluid. The turbodiesel engine is dynamic: it is not bad if you drive it without any loads.

As for the chassis, the frame is longer so is the wheelbase. The rear axle is the same. The front suspension is independent, which is a great achievement. Driveabillity and is better. The brake system is good as well. There is better sound insulation of the engine and the cabin is not that noisy as in the previous models.

Conclusion: the name Next is justified as it is a completely new level. And it is not the Gazel as it was before.

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