Apparently, it's coming to the US.
Russian cars aren't talked about much in the United States since we don't currently import any vehicles here. Like the new Lada Niva Travel, there are a few that could sell well in the US but most don't meet our strict homologation rules. That's why a new piece of news regarding a Russian SUV has left us open-mouthed. Seemingly out of nowhere, Russian automaker called UAZ has announced that it's bringing a model called the Patriot to the states.
While Patriot is a name that will market well in the US, we doubt that Jeep would be too thrilled despite its model of the same name no longer existing. In any case, the UAZ Patriot will be imported under a different model name and an entirely different manufacturer as well.
The UAZ Patriot will go by the name Bremach Taos and will be imported by a Southern California-based company. This name change avoids any conflict with Jeep but may cause some confusion with the 2022 Volkswagen Taos. It's unclear if Bremach can avoid any copyright disputes with VW, but the company says it has received all of the certifications necessary to begin selling the Taos next year as a 2022 model year vehicle.
Pre-orders are already open with a $100 refundable deposit. Pricing starts at $26,405, putting the Taos just $2,000 below a base Jeep Wrangler. The Taos comes standard with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine producing just 150 horsepower mated to a GM-sourced 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission. A manual transmission is available in other markets, and will reportedly be available in the US as well.
Bremach makes some bold claims on its website about the Taos, calling it a "Premium 4x4 SUV" that is "built for lasting customer value." The company also posts this statement on its website: "Whether accustomed to the security and utility of an SUV such as the Lexus LX or wanting the advanced gearing and 4x4 ability of a Land Rover for weekend fun, consider the value offered in a standard 2022 Bremach Taos."
The Taos does have some interesting features for its price point, including a body-on-frame platform with a two-speed transfer case, optional electronic locking rear differential, and accessories like lift kits, snorkels, and winches. Bremach is also expected to import the UAZ Brio pickup truck, though the company would have to build it here to avoid the Chicken Tax.