What is a utility vehicle today? A huge van capable of carrying maximum cargo with minimum amenities? But no! A modern cargo-passenger car provides maximum convenience for commercial use - not only a tool, but also a team can be delivered to the place of work. Ten years ago there were almost no players on the market. And if earlier GAZelle was a monopolist, now the market has been replenished with imported cargo-passenger vans. Consumer demand has identified some of the strongest patterns, and they will be discussed in the article.
The passenger-and-freight "Mercedes Vito" includes the best qualities of commercial vehicles and passenger cars. This small-looking van has the agility of a passenger car while maintaining a decent payload. In its body there is always a place for tools and materials - the size of the cargo compartment reaches 4.5 m3. You can choose a different cabin configuration, and then the capacity will increase to 7.4 m3. To ensure the safety of the transported cargo, there are pointsfastenings in the roof frame, in the floor and on the sidewalls of the body.
The interior of the new Mercedes Vito van is made in accordance with corporate standards and looks more like the interior of a passenger car than a commercial vehicle. Here you can find comfortable chairs with armrests, navigation with a huge screen and solid plastic panels.
The engine range consists of several diesel models:
- Four-cylinder 1.6 liter turbodiesel. Engine power: 88 or 114 hp
- The next diesel modification on the list received a 2.2-liter engine. Engine power: 136, 163 or 190 hp
The car can be equipped with both manual and automatic transmissions in 6 and 7 steps respectively. There are three drive types to choose from and here is how the factory recommends selecting them:
- If the owner does not plan to carry heavy loads and wants to get an economical car for reasonable money, then front-wheel drive will be his choice.
- For carrying heavy loads, as well as for dynamic driving, Mercedes recommends choosing rear-wheel drive.
- If the commercial activity is not only in areas with asph alt, then the factory recommends an all-wheel drive version.
Two modifications are intended for our country: a minibus and a van. The initial price for a minibus starts at 1,442,000 rubles, and for a van you will have to pay at least 1,185,000 rubles.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic
The time-tested model will remain in the price lists of the Russian branch of "Mercedes" for a long time - these are the plans that the head of the Russian branch of "Mercedes-Benz Vance" Soren Heze said. The reasons lie in the devaluation of the ruble. In order not to lose the price race, back in 2014, the company decided to maximize the localization of this model. Body and plastic panels, as well as engines, are assembled in Russia - in Yaroslavl and Nizhny Novgorod. This allowed the company to increase market share, and for consumers, it makes it possible to contain prices during a general increase.
Despite its age, this utility vehicle is constantly being upgraded, designed specifically for Russia. So, the frame and suspension of the car were strengthened to increase reliability. Part of the structure has been lightened. And from January 1, 2016, engines for this model will be assembled in Yaroslavl that comply with Euro-5 standards. "Mercedes" cargo-passenger is now localized by 60%. But is there anything else to add to this car? The utility van can only be equipped with rear-wheel drive.
You can choose from two engines with a volume of 2.2 liters and a capacity of 109 or 136 horsepower. Salon, as usual with cargo-passenger cars, 6-seater.
Ford Transit 460
Ford's "Transit" model is a legend not only in Russia, but all over the world. It is so legendary that the company often releases charged anniversary models that set records on the racetrack. This is done by the English branch of Ford. After 14 years of production, it is time to release a new model. Now the car is made in the general corporate style - the grille in the manner of "Aston Martin".
The volume of the cargo compartment has increased by 10% compared to the previous modification and is now 10 cubic meters. The manufacturer made the interior of the passenger-and-freight Ford as similar as possible to a passenger model: a lot of cup holders, an interesting design of chopped shapes, unusual dashboard fonts - all this, in theory, should brighten up working days. The seat adjustment is fully electric, and the material itself is wear-resistant, though slippery. "Ford" cargo-passenger has two huge shelves in the roof above the driver's seat, plus two places for bottles, plus coasters and other hidden places for small things. There are also huge panniers in the doors and a jack in the footboard.
The layout of the cabin was a success - now a lot of things can be folded into drawers and shelves, and they will not get lost and spoil the appearance of the cabin. Many things come standard: ABS, lift assist, steering wheel radio, ESP and other goodies.
Only one version available with a 2.2-liter engine and 125 hp. This model is equipped with only 6-speed mechanics. Price levelstarts from 1,974,000 rubles.
Volkswagen Krafter Combi
Volkswagen's family of utility vans has been updated for 2016. "Volkswagen Crafter" is a logical continuation of the younger line of "Transporter" - the first commercial vehicle of this brand, which fell in love with everyone in the world, especially hippies. But this is a middleweight player, and the market is asking the manufacturer for a heavyweight, and Volkswagen has something to answer. The Crafter was not the first to enter the market, which means that Volkswagen had time to take into account all the shortcomings and mistakes of competitors in order to release a model that can win a place in this tough market.
The car, first published in 2006, immediately fell in love with Europeans, and a little later, with domestic consumers. The current generation of passenger-and-freight Volkswagens has become synonymous with reliability, power and passenger comfort. Owner reviews about interior soundproofing and build quality are always full of laudatory words. And this is true: high-quality plastic is used in the decoration, and for an extra charge you can upholster the ceiling with a soft cloth, which will play the role of additional sound insulation. For long and medium versions, a 1300 mm wide side door is available, allowing you to comfortably climb back or carry wide materials.
First impression - it's huge! The interior of the cargo-passenger minibus, designed for 7 seats, is especially spacious due to the almost vertical inclinationseat backs. Entering the van is a pleasure - the sliding door, having moved to the side, opens up just a royal passage to the car. Having ordered a high roof, you can get a lot of space above your head. It is easier to "breathe" in such a car. Only the driver's seat has adjustment, around which there are many niches and cup holders. As a separate option, you can install additional heating or air conditioning, as well as a huge hatch in the front of the body. The passenger-and-freight Volkswagen is produced in three wheelbases - short, medium and long. You can also order a high roof. The weight of the van is 3.5 tons (or 5 tons for the long version).
Two 2 liter engines available - turbo diesel and biturbo diesel with 108 and 163 hp. respectively. All this set of options makes "Crafter" one of the best choices for commercial activities.
Judging by the dynamics of changes in models, you can see that passenger vans tend to increase power and at the same time reduce the working displacement of the engine. The size of the machines is also growing - they are getting longer and taller. Today's average utility van is larger than any 20-year-old van.
Manufacturers pay a lot of attention to the comfort of the driver and passengers. A modern cargo-passenger car is no longer presented without a multimedia filling and high-quality interior trim materials. All this suggests that it is becoming easier to manage such machines.and nicer.