These cars are not only superficially similar to the Kruzaki and Pradiki, but also boast impressive cross-country ability.
The GAZ-3106 Ataman-2 was the first in the TOP-3 of the GAZ SUV that could “kill” the Land Cruiser. The prototype of this car was first introduced in 1999. The SUV was a frame, had a permanent four-wheel drive and a dependent suspension of all wheels – spring in front and spring in the rear.
The Gorky plant wanted to equip the GAZ-3106 “Ataman-2” with ZMZ engines in volumes of 2.3, 2.5 or 2.7 liters, and in the foreseeable future the car would even receive V6 and V8 units. It was expected that Ataman already in the “base” would receive an ABS system, airbags and power accessories, and for a fee the car would even be offered with automatic transmission and air conditioning.
GAZ-3106 “Ataman-2” is often called the Russian “Pradik”, because it really looks like a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. It was planned to launch the car in series in 2003, then in 2004, and then something went wrong: the project was finally closed in 2006.
The second in the TOP-3 is the GAZ-2169 Combat, which was first shown at the Moscow Motor Show in 2000. The experimental concept looks like an old Land Cruiser and is a short-wheel drive open SUV. The car was built on the Ataman chassis with a shortened wheelbase and a spring rear suspension. Interestingly, the body of the GAZ-2169 Combat was made of plastic, and the seats were borrowed from the Niva.
Under the hood of the SUV is a 2.1-liter 110-horsepower turbocharged diesel engine GAZ-5601, the pair of which was a 5-speed manual. Of course, the GAZ-2169 “Combat” had a permanent four-wheel drive with a reduction gear and a center differential lock. However, here something went wrong: the prototype was being finalized, but it did not receive a serial continuation. Finally closes
TOP-3 GAZ SUV that could “kill” Land Cruiser, prototype GAZ-3106. This car looks like the 200th Kruzak and was introduced in 2004. This was the last attempt of the Gorky people to bring Ataman to the light.
The GAZ-3106 was no longer as luxurious as the Ataman-2, but on the other hand it turned out to be much cheaper and could “kill” not only Kruzak, but also the Patriot on the market. It was expected that in the market the car will be sold at prices ranging from 10,000 to 12,000 dollars. Several prototypes of the GAZ-3106 were made, among which was a VIP modification with an elongated body and a V8 engine.
Why is such a bright project “bent”? Oleg Deripaska’s “Basic Element” came to the plant and abandoned the SUV for economic reasons. The car remained an exhibition copy for the GAZ Museum.