Recently, a new KAMAZ 54901 mainline tractor was shown. The features of the next generation vehicle became known long before its official release. Two years ago, the tractor was shown at the KOMTRANS exhibition. At the same time, manufacturers announced that the truck would become a premium vehicle for the domestic market. Now it has become possible to take a closer look at KAMAZ, "feel it with your hands" and identify all the shortcomings. We will talk about them.
1. High price
The novelty has an unusually high price for KAMAZ creations. The last car cost about 5 million rubles. Manufacturers release the novelty for 6,430,000 rubles. The price, as expected, includes a 3-year service contract. It covers the entire warranty period. With a set of additional options, the price tag soars up to 7 million rubles, which puts the tractor on a par with the popular Scania and Mercedes Actros. There is some disappointment in this, because many were waiting for a cheaper (relative to foreign cars) truck.
2. Can't be bought
Sales of the car will start only after all tests have been completed. This will definitely not happen until December 2019. However, this "disadvantage" is exclusively temporary. It remains to wait "a little more" and the domestic novelty will be ready to take to the road.
3. Death of predecessors
According to some reports, the novelty in the face of the 54901 model will bury the 5490, and in the most "barbaric" way. The production of the predecessor is simply curtailed. The manufacturers have even announced when they will retire the machine. It will happen sometime at the end of 2021. Thus, really inexpensive tractors will be produced for another two years, but no more.
4. Strange bundle
A number of experts noted a very strange package of new items. For example, the basic set does not include an engine brake. For cars of this format, this is an outright oddity. Recall that the "motor" is needed to reduce the speed of the road train, without using the braking system. Without it, the "happy owners" of a new tractor in the most modest configuration will have to burn the brake pads. At the same time, the cost of the best complete set of the tractor has not yet been named.
5. General dampness
Finally, experts complained that the new product is still quite crude. For this reason, it is not entirely clear why KAMAZ showed the car right now. For this reason, at the moment it makes no sense to assess the build quality and the quality of the interior. However, the 54901st will be shown to the really general public only in the fall of this year. Therefore, the manufacturer still has a little time to eliminate any shortcomings.
Note: the new KAMAZ received a cab from the current generation Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor and an in-line 6-cylinder turbodiesel with a volume of 12 liters and a capacity of 550 hp from Russian production.
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