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The hardest GAZelle Next, a new version of the detailed test

Maximum weight of this car is 4.6 tons. And this is a heavy modification Next. Open category!Alexander Vinogradov “Behind the wheel”

The GAZelle first appeared in time – in 1994, she saved the Gorky automobile plant, Nizhny saved and continues to feed small business to this day. The old machine often broke down and suffered a bunch of children’s diseases, but was simple, fast and affordable. And not only because of the low price — the “freight” category b driver’s license is not required.

But time passes, old GAZelle, although it continues to be produced, is already outdated. Because the next car the Next generation came in very handy.

In our hands is not a simple GAZelle Next, and the large and heavy — with a maximum weight of 4.6 tons and, accordingly, under category C.

Bulk bins

The soul of any commercial van, behind the bulkhead of the cabin. More than four meters length of the cargo compartment at almost seven metres length of the car. Loading height — 800 mm. Compartment holds almost 16 cubic meters of cargo, and its width is designed for standard pallets. Body — the correct shape and tapers as the old GAZelle, but because of the vital volume is not consumed. Yes, and a height of almost two meters, and not a half like the Business. So a few cubic meters of foam, which we had to take to spectest on the ground, just disappeared into the bottomless cargo Bay. Well, provided that the transport loop them on the floor in abundance. We easily secured the cargo, so as not to telepulse at the “booth”. But I had to go print — “cock” hinges with his bare hands health is not enough.

The main pride — 16-CC cargo Bay with rectangular walls. Floor and sides — trim to protect the metal from scratches.The main pride — 16-CC cargo Bay with rectangular walls. Floor and sides — trim to protect the metal from scratches.

Doors, like any modern van, swing open at 180, or 270 degrees.Doors, like any modern van, swing open at 180, or 270 degrees.

The floor is littered with many of the transporting loops to secure cargo.The floor is littered with many of the transporting loops to secure cargo.

And it’s not only nitpicking. For example, the rear doors need a slam from the heart, otherwise from the first time they are not closed. Interior lighting — on the three (loosely!): only see outlines of objects. You need either more lamps or more powerful lamps.

Landing behind the wheel comfortable steering wheel adjustable for tilt adjustment, the adjustment ranges of seat large mirrors leave blind spots.

Like already many years have passed since the advent of cable gear, and still can not get used to the fact that the gear lever moved from the floor to the center console.

The front panel is practical and consistent with the spirit of commercial vehicles, but it would be possible to add a couple more offices. For example, lose the space above the visor of the instrument panel.

The front panel is simple, concise and, most importantly, practical. You can stuff a whole bunch of small things. A new switching mechanism is allowed to remove the long arm from the floor and transfer it to the console — as all modern cars. But the first two programs included tight.The front panel is simple, concise and, most importantly, practical. You can stuff a whole bunch of small things. A new switching mechanism is allowed to remove the long arm from the floor and transfer it to the console — as all modern cars. But the first two programs included tight.

The instrument panel is artless and convenient. Control trip computer know button protective transparent plastic.The instrument panel is artless and convenient. Control trip computer know button protective transparent plastic.

Under the deflector — that is deepening with USB connector. Unlikely smartphone to fit. The heater is simple and intuitive to operate. Air conditioning is not available.Under the deflector — that is deepening with USB connector. Unlikely smartphone to fit. The heater is simple and intuitive to operate. Air conditioning is not available.

By default, GAZelle 4.6 is connected to the monitoring system GAZ Connect in online mode to monitor every car individually, and the Park in General. The system tracks your average speed, fuel consumption, location and even engine operating temperature, and the number of miles to a planned (by the way, a good service interval — 20 000 km). The application offered for Android and iOS platforms.By default, GAZelle 4.6 is connected to the monitoring system GAZ Connect in online mode to monitor every car individually, and the Park in General. The system tracks your average speed, fuel consumption, location and even engine operating temperature, and the number of miles to a planned (by the way, a good service interval — 20 000 km). The application offered for Android and iOS platforms.

Short-lived fun

Gearbox is the same 5-speed speed as normal Nextag and Businesses (with the only difference that most of the parts, such as bearings, are now imported). Paired with her work in Chinese Cummins (also as “passenger” Nextag) with a volume of 2.8 liters, and 140 HP Big turbo vibration in the cabin does not broadcast, but the better insulation of the engine compartment would not prevent the tractor soundtrack can be very tiring. The first two gears are stuck with the effort, and then short arm snaps easily. I remembered solace from the past: still being developed.

Chinese turbo Cummins ISF2.8 with 140 HP is confidently pulling nearly five-ton GAZelle, but works effectively within a very narrow range. Shelf moment need to stretch up to 1500 and after 2500 rpm almost no traction.Chinese turbo Cummins ISF2.8 with 140 HP is confidently pulling nearly five-ton GAZelle, but works effectively within a very narrow range. Shelf moment need to stretch up to 1500 and after 2500 rpm almost no traction.

The operating range of the diesel is frankly small — about 1,500 to 2,500 rpm. And as soon as the arrow is crossing the line, then get the throttle response. Under the pedal you receive the desired overpressure, which is expected from a modern LCV. But the happiness is short — closer to 3000 rpm the enthusiasm of the motor goes out. You have to constantly wield a lever in order to hold traction in a narrow range.

And the flaw is not that in adapting the box to the motor, the gear ratios calculated correctly, and that… gear is not enough. In town or on narrow country roads, no problems, but on the track sorely lacking the sixth degree. GAZelle easy gaining factory 130 km/h, but a hundred motor running almost 3000 rpm. As a result, thrust a little, and the background noise from the motor in the appropriate limits. But even with these weaknesses, the fuel consumption is kept within decent: about 12 liters per hundred in mixed mode. For large van very well. And with a six-speed box appetite would be even less.

Reinforced rear suspension, additional podreczniki. Brakes — disc instead of drum. Rear axle — Spicer, is also different than the standard GAZel Next.Reinforced rear suspension, additional podreczniki. Brakes — disc instead of drum. Rear axle — Spicer, is also different than the standard GAZel Next.

The most severe modifications, upgraded braking system, replacing the rear drum mechanisms disk. If you compare with a passenger NEXCOM, the deceleration became more efficient, and pedal — informative. The only revision is the suspension — the rear suspension, which added additional podreczniki for more capacity. Well tuned suspension and even nagruzhena the car rides rather softly. No “kozlenev”, typical of many vans going empty! Next surely swallow holes and joints, almost bringing them to the cabin. And handling does not give reason for criticism — GAZelle understandable and manageable even on those roads where there are no straight lines.

The driver’s seat is comfortable and well contoured. The main claim — to-headrest, heavily sloped back. When a rear impact to support it shouldn’t really count.The driver’s seat is comfortable and well contoured. The main claim — to-headrest, heavily sloped back. When a rear impact to support it shouldn’t really count.

In the sidewalls of rear cabin — comfortable niche. In the right stacked set travel tool.In the sidewalls of rear cabin — comfortable niche. In the right stacked set travel tool.

Again to the court

Before the test I talked with carriers, owners of small businesses and service technicians. It turned out that people are increasingly switching with Transits and “classic” Sprinters on GAZelle Next. Although the business is now hard to go back to the outdated and ineffective technique is not desirable. But because a modern, cheap to maintain and maintenance machine came in very handy. Moreover, in contrast to the Gazelle of the first generation, the new was safer. Weakest link — only box and clutch with a slim margin. Fans carry an overload it is not nursed and 50 thousand kilometers. Let’s see how to feel transmission the 4.6‑ton Next.

Test on GAZelle 4.6 with a maximum length and height of the body is a little more than half a million. For comparison, the largest 15‑CC Ford Transit is more expensive to seven hundred thousand, and similar to the Renault Master — in-a-million. And if the Transit vehicle is still nicer for the driver, the Master is comparable to Nekstom the level of comfort and performance. So the new GAZelle deservedly continues to feed a private business.

GAZelle 4.6

Length / width / height / base 6907 / 2068 / 2623 / 3950 mmDimensions of the load compartment 4331 × 1860 × 1927 mmthe Volume of the cargo compartment of 15.5 m3Curb weight 2727 kgGVW 4600 kgMaximum speed 130 km/hEngine diesel, P4, 16 valves, 2781 cm3 102,7 kW / of 139.6 HP at 3300 rpm; 320 N·m at 1400-2700 rpmFuel / fuel diesel fuel / 79 lfuel Consumption: combined 10.3 litres/100 kmDriveline rear-wheel drive; M5

The hardest GAZelle Next, a new version of the detailed test

Maximum weight of this car is 4.6 tons. And this is a heavy modification Next. Open category!

The hardest GAZelle Next, the new version — detailed tetsuma heavy GAZelle Next, a new version of the detailed test

Maximum weight of this car is 4.6 tons. And this is a heavy modification Next. Open category!

The hardest GAZelle Next, the new version — detailed testphoto: Alexander Kulnev

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