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If European brands flee Russia, Russia invents its own ultra-luxury SUV with a more than reasonable resemblance

Almost all Western, South Korean and Japanese car brands have left the Russian market after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

From Renault, which had to sell its factories and Lada for a symbolic ruble, to Suzuki, which has stopped selling from day one, to BMW, which closed its factory in Kaliningrad, there is not a single brand left in Russia, including luxury ones.

And that has left the Russian oligarchs unable to buy a new Aston Martin DBX or Mercedes-Maybach GLS to get around Moscow or St. Petersburg. Don’t panic, here’s the new Aurus commandercreated and manufactured, hopefully, from 2023 in the motherland Russia.

The name of this Komendant SUV says it all. The translation is obvious and it is clear that it is a display of primary patriotism applied to the car. It’s an unsubtle way of telling the Bentley Bentaygas and Rolls-Royce Cullinans to go back to the little ones’ playground and let the big ones play.

More than 3 tons and 600 hp, but with a 67 hp electric motor

Aurus commander
Aurus commander

And great, the Aurus Komendant is. So much so that he is practically gigantic. with a length of 5.38 meters and a weight of 3.3 tonsthis imposing SUV laughs at British luxury SUVs and the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, which all hover around 2.8 tonnes.

Aurus commander
Aurus commander

The Aurus teams have not skimped on the massive design, with no hidden airs of Rolls-Royce Cullinan and touches of Bentley, of their new model. The same happens inside, with a huge cabin, covered in leather and equipped with all the technology and comfort equipment that the oligarch on duty could wish for.

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Aurus commander
Aurus commander

We meet under the hood with the same subtlety as on the outside. Equip a gasoline engine 4.4 liter V8 of displacement and designed in its day with the help of Porsche for the Aurus Senat limousine, although its manufacture is carried out by Kamaz. Develop a whopping 600 CV, with the help of a 67 hp electric motor.

Aurus commander
Aurus commander

The powerful V8 is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission “designed in Russia,” says the brand. Although the body doesn’t look very aerodynamic, this gigantic SUV could accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6 seconds.

As for the price, in Russia, the Aurus Komendant costs about 34 million rubles, that is, about 600.000 euros. In principle, the Komendant will be assembled together with the Senat in the Factory of Ford Sollers in Yelabugain Tatarstan, where until a few months ago Ford Explorers were also manufactured for the local market.

We tested the Aston Martin DBX, a dynamic 550 hp SUV like a Porsche Cayenne and luxurious like a Bentley Bentayga

It remains to be seen how Aurus Motors will manage to manufacture this model knowing that Russia is subject to numerous blockades and sanctions.

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Aurus commander 41

Thus, the Russians have no choice but to produce locally and, that is the challenge, using components that cannot come from Europe or the United States, at least by a route other than the black market.

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