The first test-drive the new Gazelle Next

Detailed text and lots of photos in the article Millions of miles of testing at landfills and in the fleets of customers, hundreds of respondents "gazelistov" dozens of foreign parts suppliers — so "GAZ" created a new generation of its best-selling polutoratonnogo, now called Next! In his appearance someone will see the features of foreign "brothers" like Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter or LDV Maxus, but gazovtsy assure that the cabin designed themselves, given the "shoals" of past generations, "Gazel". "Cube" design of the cabin has given more space in the cabin, but for the sake of corrosion — a scourge of Gorky's machines — have dramatically increased the amount of galvanized parts in comparison with the "business." If he had only galvanizing elements of the bottom cab, then the "next" are now galvanized hood, doors, sills, wheel arches and side panel and the wings now does plastic.

Added and many other nuances "of the case." In the headlights now only one main lamp and first appeared daytime running lights. The front bumper of the company Magna is not solid, as in "Business" (it was cheaper to produce), and has three separate sections, including a separate grille — it is cheaper and easier to be repaired after minor accidents. Completely redesigned mechanism "wiper" that they "waved" evenly, brush themselves have become longer and the washer reservoir was increased to 5 liters. By the way, windshield washer jets are no longer on the hood, and on themselves "janitor." And spray "omyvayki" better and its flow rate was about 30% nizhe.Zerkala also completely new: they are 30% more are on the double poles, not to vibrate, and are equipped with heating and actuator. But on the turn signals in the mirrors, as in "Business", on the contrary, they had saved, relegate it to the wing.

  • At first, the "Gazelle Next" model and "Business" will be produced in parallel, only the "next" is presented as a luxury and a modern version.  Thus, for example, the difference between the base price of diesel Next and "Business" with airborne bodies - total 52 000.  Given the difference in perception of the two cars, it's really "only".
  • At first, the "Gazelle Next" model and "Business" will be produced in parallel, only the "next" is presented as a luxury and a modern version. Thus, for example, the difference between the base price of diesel Next and "Business" with airborne bodies — total 52 000. Given the difference in perception of the two cars, it's really "only".

But this is only the beginning, because the most interesting in the new cab is hidden inside. It's time to board! Large Czech handles for a natural grip instead of the previous uncomfortable, tight, "keys", increased by almost a quarter of a doorway — Next hospitable already at the door. And literally, the thresholds themselves are wider cabin and fell to 85 mm so that the cab I did not climb up, and I go. Especially these steps and the width of the opening appreciated by those who work on a hundred times a day is selected from the cab and climbs into it. It will be appreciated and intermediate locking the door open.

Shut the door (which is literally "shrinks" in the opening — and thoroughbred sound, and not the usual "gazelevskim" bryakanem), look around … Inside — a mansion! Cab radical was heard far and wide up, place — the car and the landing was even higher. On the doors finally appeared wide panel, which is convenient to put your hand. And no longer have to cheat cursed by many generations "gazelistov" manual windows: the "next" is already in the database will only electric, and German. By the way, the height-adjustable armrest and now has a driver's seat. And I'm sitting at a new "deluxe" chair from the famous German company Isri (however, this is optional). Here more Anatomic, dense profile, tenacious upholstery, wide tuning in length, height and tilt pads, heating and even lumbar support — such comfortable driver's seat in the "gazelles" yet he has never been!

As to the new front panel, then the "next" it delivers Nizhny Novgorod "Car Component." For the "Business" of the Germans torpedo do Edag, but less than the product of the Nizhny Novgorod details and more containers, which can be raspihat bunch of junk traffic, build out a mobile phone, a couple of glasses of coffee, and 1.5-liter bottles of water. Small niches under the tool and jack and small things is now in the running boards, although the plastic hatches and look hlipkovato. Well at least the jack, wheel wrench and screw towing eye are packaged in a separate plastic foam pencil case and will not rattle. But the rest of the instrument should be put on a soft, or on the go, he would knock on the plastic.

  • Radio with USB-connector under the cover of the upper glove box and the buttons on the steering wheel - an option for 5000 rubles.  In the future, Next will get a new steering wheel with airbag Japanese firm Takata.  Pillow will be a passenger, but the pyrotechnic pretensioner will receive only the driver.  The right of the steering wheel - control engine pre-heater from Webasto.  A new system of heating and ventilation systems, including the "condo" with cabin air filters (optional expected this year) and convenient control with uhvatistymi massive "Twister", developed and supplied by Delphi.
  • Radio with USB-connector under the cover of the upper glove box and the buttons on the steering wheel — an option for 5000 rubles. In the future, Next will get a new steering wheel with airbag Japanese firm Takata. Pillow will be a passenger, but the pyrotechnic pretensioner will receive only the driver. The right of the steering wheel — control engine pre-heater from Webasto. A new system of heating and ventilation systems, including the "condo" with cabin air filters (optional expected this year) and convenient control with uhvatistymi massive "Twister", developed and supplied by Delphi.

More carriers povorchat clearly about that cup holders are too far and need to reach out to them, that propadayuet space between the seats (here would be another duffel "trash" to attach!) And strongly bulging wheel arch. Visit and the lack of steering control on the flight (there is only the angle of inclination) — and indignant snort about sticking up out of the floor of the old "poker" gearbox. But the claims of the steering wheel and shift knob, the plant is only one answer: expensive! Although the "gas" is now working on the check point lever on the dashboard, but this decision — the future: gazovtsy not sure that buyers are now willing to pay for it.

But the "freighter" must mark a new aluminum body board, which was on a test korotkobaznym car. Compared with the conventional "gazelles" the platform for 80 mm wider, and now here climb from three to five so-called "Pallets" (1200×800 mm). In addition, the "next" tents airborne platforms are now rectangular and not tapering towards the top (as in the "Business"). This managed to win even more space for cargo, the carrier — its weight in gold.

However
, the "Gazelle Next" — is not only a new cab and body, but also seriously reworked chassis. Frame "NEXT" with the 70-liter fuel tank and exhaust elements taken from the "Business Gazelles", but added more powerful cross-beams. Yes, and the frame itself longer, because of the larger booths at Next increased by 245 mm wheelbase — up to 3145 mm in the short and up to 3745 mm in the extended versions. The rear axle with the same drum brakes and leaf-spring suspension moved to a new model of "business" virtually unchanged, because these sites have previously retrofitted: reinforced mounting springs and rear axle set import cuffs (not to "sweat") and enter the grinding of teeth gears (not to rustle).

Four-cylinder turbo diesel Cummins ISF 2,8 Chinese-made and adapted for him gazovskaya 5-step "mechanics" with a clutch of German company Sachs also moved to the new model with the "Business Gazelles". Motor gives all the same 120 "horses" — though torque of 270 Nm for such a "cargo" engine is too small. With this diesel engine can be removed and more, but it seems that everything comes down to the box and the bridge, which, under the thrust of 300 Nm should be finished or no change — and it can not affect the price. But the diesel engine cooling system — completely new, with a larger one and a half times the radiator. And in the expansion tank sensor appeared low "ohlazhdayki."

  • The scale units of the American firm Visteon is perfectly readable and adjustable backlighting, but the tachometer could use colored markings on the rev range.  Trip computer already comes as standard "next" and shows the instantaneous, average and total consumption, cruising range, average speed and travel time.
  • The scale units of the American firm Visteon is perfectly readable and adjustable backlighting, but the tachometer could use colored markings on the rev range. Trip computer already comes as standard "next" and shows the instantaneous, average and total consumption, cruising range, average speed and travel time.

But the main landing gear "next" — is, of course, the newest independent front suspension, which is "gazelle" is used for the first time! Gazovtsy claim that they sculpted pendant yourself, but do not hide that helped them specialists from Austria Magna. The very design with coil springs and powerful double wishbone collected on a separate subframe, reduces the transmission of noise and vibration to the frame. In this module the front suspension did with the margin of safety is not only a "lorry", but under a more severe model of the future 18-bit local bus full weight of 4.3 tons. Engineers "GAZ" is also assured that the double wishbone suspension on — as opposed to the scheme McPherson at some western classmates — much tougher on split (common for Russia), and easier to carry overweight (a common setup for "Gazelle"). And the suspension itself "shpritsevat" it is not necessary / As and no more grease, and adjust every 30,000 km front wheel bearings: product of German company Schaeffler do not need it.

Controllability in the "next" also stepped to the next level, and not only because of the independent suspension. Good-bye, "unfeeling" steering gear screw-nut type and "exploratory" taxi! Instead, at the "next" is now more acute rack and pinion steering system, which, together with hydraulic supply company ZF. The accuracy of control and influence that a rack and pinion less joints.

In the front brakes — new brake discs, pads with a 50% increase in area, more powerful calipers Korean firm Mando and Bosch brake master cylinder with vacuum booster. ABS? It will be available for a fee from July this year, the "next" will sport a more advanced system for the new, ninth generation. Promised and ESP stabilization system with traction control ASR, but their appearance on the "gas" only plan for 2015 — and even then, if there is demand. But it will be all-wheel drive — this constant demand in Russia.

  • Passenger seat is taken from the model "business", but the German driver's seat with armrest, lumbar support and a wide range nastrek - is new, and it is offered only for the "next".  Of the nice things - clothes hooks above the seats, and for the first time applied to the "Gazelle" adjustment of seat belts in height (already in the database).
  • Passenger seat is taken from the model "business", but the German driver's seat with armrest, lumbar support and a wide range nastrek — is new, and it is offered only for the "next". Of the nice things — clothes hooks above the seats, and for the first time applied to the "Gazelle" adjustment of seat belts in height (already in the database).

"But what does all of this going?" — Impatient reader will ask. After hearing the technical details, I too am torn literally behind the wheel. Time for a ride, alas, it turned out a little, and the car was empty. But those few tens of kilometers of the landfill and gazovskomu streets of Nizhny Novgorod was enough for me to fall into a state of bewildered astonishment. Listen, that's for sure, "Gazelle"? The feelings and habits on the go is no longer a foreign car! For example, bribes are surprisingly quiet cabin. At speeds below 100 km / h and above the "silent" aerodynamics, remain outside traffic noise, and hard "silent" instrument panel with trim, despite my attempts to "talk" them as bumps and potholes.

Diesel on-route mode is also not plagued by noise and muffled rumbling themselves on 2500 rev / min at a speed of 100 km / h. Although, of course, is "meek" it will not name. It is necessary to pin down the gas and begin to "twist" the engine during acceleration, as through soundproofing still breaks rigid metal roar of diesel and turbine noise unwinding. But against the background of "business" is still quiet! With all the high-torque was expected: empty Next moves off easily, and dynamically accelerates "vnatyag" rides without much effort. Yes, and I adapt himself to the checkpoint at once: the lever moves in the box, of course, a lot, but the transfer of "clicks" easily and clearly, with the change of steps I made a mistake once.

With the brakes too full order. In tenacious, powerful mechanisms felt strong margin, founded here also with an eye to a more severe future models. Liked the information content of short-stroke and firm brake pedal — metered braking force is also working without a problem. And when braking on snow, even without the ABS is not an empty machine tries to twist top. Although the ABS I would, of course, will still be saved.

No less interesting was and the "pace" of the new machine. Dear future "gazelisty" Do not think for a cheap advertising, but the behavior of "next" you will definitely enjoy it, especially against the background of the old model! Next on the line is collected, how to attention. Gone are the buildup to the front end springs, constant steer and huge near-zero zone "insensitivity" and on the dense and more "short" wheel now has a weighty and quite informative, and decent accuracy for the truck.

  • Petrol and gas engines "next" receive only in 2014, and before that will only be available with a turbodiesel.  For winter at the motor is heated fuel filter and pre-start glow plugs.  The ratio exhaust - "Euro-4", but there is the option of "Euro-5" with a diesel particulate filter: we have GAZ export plans for the "next".  Declared yield motor 500,000 km, and THEN Next can call in every 20 000 km to 15 000 in "Business".  The cost of the TO-1 - 6,500 rubles, the price of the next MOT - from 6800 to 8800 rubles.  At the same time, "next" almost a quarter more nodes that do not serve - is the result of widespread use of "bourgeois" components, which are often similar in price with Russian parts, but much better.
  • Petrol and gas engines "next" receive only in 2014, and before that will only be available with a turbodiesel. For winter at the motor is heated fuel filter and pre-start glow plugs. The ratio exhaust — "Euro-4", but there is the option of "Euro-5" with a diesel particulate filter: we have GAZ export plans for the "next". Declared yield motor 500,000 km, and THEN Next can call in every 20 000 km to 15 000 in "Business". The cost of the TO-1 — 6,500 rubles, the price of the next MOT — from 6800 to 8800 rubles. At the same time, "next" almost a quarter more nodes that do not serve — is the result of widespread use of "bourgeois" components, which are often similar in price with Russian parts, but much better.

Works great on uneven and the front suspension! The main shock and noise on an empty truck gives only the rear leaf spring suspension, while the front, on the contrary, combines energy with the comfort, easy and quiet "swallowing" fabric defects. And if the rocks? On the asphalt straight polygon course I dumped on adjacent land, imitating the cobblestones. Well, I guess now "next" I just vytryaset of all illusions. Far from it! I have to be dispersed by the "bridge" first to 60, then to 70 km / h — but like cobblestone disappeared into the bowels of an independent suspension, having reached me only a barely noticeable "tremor" on the well-insulated from the steering wheel vibration. In this case, the instrument panel and interior on bumpy rocks again without a sound. I want to believe that this "silence" cockpit continue after thousands of kilometers.

In general, never thought that I was irrevocably spoiled foreign cars, say this to the Russian car industry, but … gazovtsami Before I take my hat off! On approaches to the design, in terms of cabin space and ergonomics of the driver, in handling and comfort on the move the new "Gazelle Next" did not even step and leap forward. This is not the old "goat", about which legends and anecdotes. Buy "next" is already possible and brag a little, and now do not be ashamed to appear in the eyes of fellow "inomaroshnikam" as one likes to say our readers.

It remains only to apply to gazovtsam. Guys, do not constipated a new car! Not halturte with the assembly, not the "kosyachte" with anticorrosive paint and that novelty is not "blossomed" and does not rot. Promptly treat "childhood diseases" and generally maintain that level for the first time in its history, "jumped" new "Gazelle".

Finally — on the issue price, which for any "Gazelle" is not just important, but basic. Therefore, the new Next although rose, but remained in the budget class. The cheapest "next" in the form of a chassis cab will cost from 699 000 rubles for korotkobaznym version (long — for 20 000 more expensive). But the main demand is, of course, will have on-board options with tarp covered bed. Next will offer a short while only advanced aluminum body (from 724,000 rubles), and a machine with a long base will get a platform with a sturdy steel sides (from 738,000 rubles).

  • In addition to airborne platforms with canvas, the model number of "next" is unsuited vans (from 764 000 rubles), dump truck, milk truck, tow truck, flatbed truck with a crane and a crank lift.  The fall is expected to double row cabin, which heater is already in the database.  And in the future unified with the "next" cab will "Sable" and "Valdai".
  • In addition to airborne platforms with canvas, the model number of "next" is unsuited vans (from 764 000 rubles), dump truck, milk truck, tow truck, flatbed truck with a crane and a crank lift. The fall is expected to double row cabin, which heater is already in the database. And in the future unified with the "next" cab will "Sable" and "Valdai".

The list of options until short. There is a radio, door pockets (500 per set) and the pre-start Webasto heater for 25,000 rubles. It is better, as they say, take the gross, "music", as well as fog, servo mirrors and driver's seat "luxury" heated part of the package "comfort 1" 15 000. Either pay 38,000 rubles — and at the same time, as described above, and still get "Webasto" with the battery increased from 74 to 85 A / hour capacity. In addition, the summer will begin offering the rear inter-wheel lock (12 000), and from July to the list of options expected to ABS.

Competitors? Prices for the cheapest "Europeans" like Fiat Ducato and VW Transporter only start with 800,000 rubles, and this is a short chassis without options not cheap. Ford Transit, Iveco Daily, Nissan Cabstar, and others — are under a million and above, and then only for the chassis. As a result of the direct competitors in Next are only second-hand cars, "Business Gazelle" yes ubiquitous "Chinese".

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