The UAZ Landaulet Sochi appears to be based on the UAZ-469B, which is the civilian version of a small Russian Jeep – with lots of old technology.
If you like anachronistic off-road vehicles, the UAZ Landaulet Sochi has underpinnings that date back nearly fifty years. Equipped with live axles, leaf springs, and a utilitarian platform, it’s a tad primitive. It is still known as a remarkably rugged, simple, and capable off-road vehicle.
The most modern UAZ 469 came with a 90-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine paired to a four-speed transmission. There are some variants that have engines from other markets, but those are rare examples. This two-ton+ vehicle is woefully underpowered. Fortunately, it has good proportions. It has a length of 158.46 inches, a width of 70.28 inches, and its height is 78.35 inches. The wheelbase is 93.7 inches, which is 3-inches less than a 2-door Jeep Wrangler.
Interestingly, the UAZ-469, and its brethren were built in bulk. Around 2-million (several variations) were built, and up to 80 countries have these UAZs. Many were old Warsaw Pact partners, but it found its way to Asia and the Americas as well. In fact, one of the few places it was never sold, was in North America.
What is the UAZ Landaulet Sochi?
It appears that UAZ-Export.com has created renderings of what a luxury version of the UAZ-469B might look like. In these renderings, we can see a well-appointed interior and a much nicer-looking fabric roof than the one it originally came with. It looks like they are thinking about making this 4×4 a luxury vehicle.
If that is the case, if UAZ-Export is serious, it looks like they are targeting open-top 4x4s like the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, the upcoming Ford Bronco, and even the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon. Unfortunately, the UAZ Landaulet Sochi needs a lot of upgrades if it hopes to compete.
Keep in mind: this vehicle was never meant to be a civilian vehicle, it’s simple and feels that way. In other words: the vehicle is far too slow, primitive, and hopeless to make a dent in Jeep and MBZ sales. Still, it would be interesting to see what this company is hoping to do with the little 4×4.