The next wave of foreign cars may come from Russia

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Chinese automakers are supposed to be the next big wave of foreign cars in America, but a Russian company thinks it can beat them here. Bremach, a manufacturer of heavy-duty construction vehicles, plans to bring a line of trucks and SUVs to the States in 2022. The company already has a small presence in the United States, thanks to its construction equipment business, and has created an awesome website. for your new passenger car operation.

The vehicles come from a partnership with Russia’s UAZ, a company best known for making rugged trucks used by the Eastern Bloc military. American models use the UAZ Patriot as the base, a body-on-frame SUV known for its off-road prowess. In the US, it will be sold as the Taos SUV and the Brio midsize pickup. Starting prices are $ 26,405 for the SUV and $ 27,882 for the station wagon.) See: Best SUVs of 2021 Under $ 30k It may be a long time before we get a chance to test drive a Bremach. On paper, they seem capable, albeit underpowered. With ground clearance and approach and departure angles that rival the Jeep Wrangler, and a low-range gear, they can find a niche among off-road enthusiasts. But the only engine on offer is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder that makes just 150 horsepower. The chassis itself is a 2005 design that seems a bit outdated compared to its likely rivals. As is always the case with new automakers, the most challenging part of moving to America is likely to be building a dealer network. Therefore, we will be cautious about the chances of these things actually showing up on American roads in just two years. But the midsize truck segment, in particular, may have room for a less expensive entry and off-road capability. This story was originally published on Autotrader.com.

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