Would you buy a Russian 4×4 SUV if it was built and sold in the US, and cost under $27,000? At the beginning of the year, we told you that Bremach, based in Sandy Valley, Nevada, was planning on selling the SUV here at the beginning of 2022. We’re almost to that point, and the UAZ Patriot-based Bremach is as well.
When will the Bremach be ready for sale?
It is wrapping up homologation for the US market and should be ready very soon. A pickup version, called the Brio 4×4, is almost ready to be sold here too. So, now that it is becoming a real deal, would you buy one?
Maybe you need a bit more info before you can decide? The SUV is basically a Russian UAZ, but it is assembled in Southern California. It offers a five-year or 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. The powertrain has a separate 10-year or 120,000-mile warranty.
Bremach has operations in Nevada, and assembly in So Cal
Its Nevada facility opened in 2010. It has been working on hybrid and electric powertrains, fuel cell design, and stored energy management systems. It has since shifted gears to manufacture the SUV and Brio pickup. Originally, Bremach started in Italy in the 1950s, manufacturing all-terrain trucks, frames, powertrains, and engineering.
Power is from a 2.7-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine. With 150 hp, it spins the General Motors 6L50 automatic transmission. It has a two-speed transfer case and an electronic all-wheel-drive system. Bosch provides the ECU and safety systems, and yes, there are airbags. Overall mileage is 18 mpg, with highway figures at 26 mpg.
These are basic, OG 4x4s
The interiors are old school and spartan. You may even feel like you’ve stepped back into the 1980s. Big knobs, round gauges, and a bit too much plastic set the vibe. It even sports door latch mechanisms from what looks like 1958. There are some interesting standard features, starting with the glove box doubling as a cool box.
There are also LED daytime running lights, 18-inch alloy wheels with 245/60R18 tires, power windows, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, six-speaker audio system, and heated read seats. Extra-cost accessories include an off-road body kit made by BMS Alfa, and 17-inch Raceline wheels, and 265/65 R17 Goodyear A/T tires. Those extras tip the scales an additional $3,650.
Even though it is essentially a UAZ Patriot SUV, Bremach says it is “uniquely engineered and homologated for the American market.” There is already a waiting list, which you can be added to for a $100 deposit. It is also building up its dealer network to handle sales and service. We also understand Bremach is looking for more dealers. If that gets your interest, you can contact them directly and get yourself in on the ground floor.