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    Earlier this month, GAZ Group subsidiary Urals Automotive Plant, known for its legendary 'Ural' brand of heavy-duty trucks, wowed Russian truck enthusiasts when it unveiled the 'Ural Next'. Sputnik takes a look.

    Long known for reliability and adaptability to the poor road and 'no road' conditions prevalent in Russia's vast wilderness, the Ural Next aims to improve on its heritage by adding the latest in comfort and convenience features for both driver and passengers.

    The new cabin design, conforming to the classic 'aggressive look' of its predecessors, was created with ergonomics, comfort and ease of operation in mind. The three seat cockpit is accessed via wide steps designed for easy entrance, and includes all the features one might expect in a contemporary truck design, including electronic windows, central locking, an improved glove box, modern LED lighting, heated mirrors, heated fuel fillers and intakes.

    GAZ Group presents its new designs at at the 2015 Construction Equipment and Technologies Exhibition.
    © Sputnik / Grigoriy Sisoev
    GAZ Group presents its new designs at at the 2015 Construction Equipment and Technologies Exhibition.
    A drilling truck variant of the new Ural Next
    A drilling truck variant of the new Ural Next

    Capable of climbing hills at angles up to 35 degrees with ease, the Ural Next also features an improved maximum permissible gross vehicle weight of 22.5 tons, with the maximum load on the front axle increased from 5.3 to 6.5 tons, while the chassis payload capacity has increased from 12 to 13 tons, all without reducing fuel efficiency, which has been improved.Not limited to cosmetic changes and new convenience elements, the new truck is built around a high-technology aggregate chassis, and features modernized axles, an improved motor design, a Wabco air breaking system, RBL steering gears, and vaunted new passive safety features.

    GAZ Group will offer a 100,000 km, 2-year guarantee on the new heavy-duty truck, with service intervals of up to 15,000 km.

    Summarizing the new vehicle, Urals Automotive Plant Managing Director Victor Kadylkin stated that the Ural Next "is characterized by its modern look and interior, comfortable cabin, easy drivability, and improved performance characteristics, including increased maneuverability, improved durability, plus reduced fuel consumption."

    Designed by the GAZ Group's United Engineering Center, the new Ural's cabin is one of several modernization projects initiated by the company on its series of vans and trucks. The others include the GAZelle Next medium duty van, and the GAZon medium truck.

    Production of the Ural Next is set to begin later this year.


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