Here’s a bit more proof the Russian-based Bremach Taos could come soon as a cheaper 4×4 alternative.
Back in late December, we reported on the 2022 Bremach Taos (not to be confused with Volkswagen’s small Taos crossover). It’s an old-school 4×4 with Russian underpinnings, and some major ambitions. We don’t typically see these sorts of vehicles actually homologated in the U.S., typically due to logistics and safety concerns. Honestly, that’s still a major question swirling around this UAZ Patriot wearing a different badge, but a TFL reader actually spotting these SUVs on the ground may be a better indication that the automaker is serious about its intentions.
Described as a “premium 4×4” without the price tag to match, the 2022 Bremach Taos aims to offer a tantalizing value alternative to the likes of Land Rover’s many dirt-worthy offerings and serious luxury SUVs like the Lexus LX. To that end, it brings a high-riding body-on-frame platform and body, while also draping the interior with some creature comforts like a heated windshield, steering wheel and front seats. While a six-speed automatic is the likely go-to for most prospective buyers here, the Bremach Taos will also supposedly offer a six-speed manual transmission.
You do get a solid-sounding warranty
Perhaps the most enticing part of this odd Russian 4×4, however, is the warranty coverage. The company says it’s going to offer 5-year, 60-000 mile bumper-to-bumper coverage, which is standard for the industry. However, the powertrain coverage extends to 10 years or 120,000 miles, which would be class-leading. For now, though, take that with a boulder of salt, as we don’t have any concrete information on the scale of UAZ’s U.S. dealer network — they have a public-facing application for willing dealers who want to take part — or how easy it’s going to be to source parts and service these things.
It does use a hefty amount of GM-based components, including the French-built GL50 automatic transmission, for whatever that’s worth. The independent Punch Powerglide company churns out these units for other automakers, including UAZ.
An on-the-ground look at the Bremach Taos
Apart from snapping a couple quick photos while the SUVs were being unloaded, our friend noted a couple things he observed:
Those comments back up a lot of what Bremach noted last year. But, and there’s always an enormous “but” around boutique OEMs, we’ll have to wait and see how they actually get vehicles to actual customers. Granted, the UAZ Patriot upon which these Taos are based is not vaporware. These have been on sale in Russia since 2005. A 2.7-liter inline-four engine will be the standard powertrain, putting out a hopefully stout, if unremarkable, 150 horsepower. With decent ground clearance and pretty respectable approach and departure angles, it could make its mark as an affordable off-roader. At least, there would be much lower stress levels involved taking this on the trail as opposed to a $100,000 Lexus LX or Range Rover.