The participants and organizers of the exhibition at Crocus Expo did not deceive the expectations of visitors eager to see the most modern four-wheel drive - Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, Volvo, Subaru, dealers Land Rover, Toyota, Lexus and Audi brought all-wheel drive 2005 model year to the auto show. There were quite unexpected exhibits.
Artex Company brought one of the first copies of the third generation Land Rover Discovery, set foot on Russian soil. Ardent fans of the legendary SUV are already ordering a car from authorized dealers (the most affordable diesel option costs $ 52, 900, and gasoline versions start at $ 66, 900). The more reasonable are still waiting - a massive invasion of Discovery 3 into the country is expected in November.
We were also pleased with those for whom all-wheel drive is not a tool for overcoming the terrain, but a daily habit. In other words - “heroes of asphalt”. Subaru has prepared a restyled Legacy (the world premiere of the car took place this year at the Paris Motor Show) - the car is already on sale in Russia at a price of $ 30 590. For those who combine asphalt with suburban areas, another Parisian premiere is better - Forester with a new turbocharged 2.5 210 liter engine (in this configuration - from $ 41 510). The composition was complemented by Outback, Impreza and Impreza WRX STI - naturally, all-wheel drive - Subaru!
Volvo also has surprises - from now on, AWD's proprietary automatic all-wheel drive system will be installed on the entire model range at the request of the client. The main feature of the Scandinavian 4x4 recipe is the ability to make the right decisions without the help of a driver. The computer distributes traction between the axles, achieving optimal driving characteristics on the go.
As many as five cars at the exhibition - from Mitsubishi. Among them are restyled Outlander, Pajero Sport and Pajero. Although these cars are already being quickly sold in our country, the all-wheel drive salon was the first public display of fresh models.
German Volkswagen, which presented all-wheel drive cars in almost all well-known classes, did not want to lag behind Swedes and Japanese, there was Passat 4MOTION, and executive Phaeton Long, and luxury Touareg SUVs with V6 and V8 engines, and even a premium class minivan - Multivan Highline.
If you add the most varied tuning to all of the above, accessories for off-road lovers and other "little things" that are plentifully scattered around the corners of the exhibition, it becomes clear - there was something to see. But if the passenger all-wheel drive and other "SUVs" of the cozy space of the show room was enough, then the conquerors of the gullies were cramped. And now they are already flexing their muscles in anticipation of a demonstration of strength - in the program of the event are test drives for visitors to the salon. And on the pavement (where, by the way, even bold cars got out), and off-road. Entrance to the ground was unusual for cars that were ordered by him - not only did the organizers do their best, piling a real obstacle course in the wasteland behind Crocus, and the autumn rain washed the track to a jelly-like state. Even seasoned mud conquerors like the Touareg V8, Mitsubishi Pajero, Audi Allroad, etc. came out of this test pretty messy, heavily puffing in a kind of car shower. Among the monsters, one Russian was also noticed - the North Caucasian "Cowboy" from Derways. Our respect …