Rolls-Royce Cullinan’s Russian rival, the ultra-luxury Aurus Komendant SUV, finally unveiled.
Starting at $560,000. That’s even more expensive than the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, which starts at $351,000.
The Komendant SUV joins the Arsenal minivan and Senat limo and sedan in Aurus’ expanding lineup.
Production of the Aurus Komendant SUV is scheduled to start in early 2023 at the Yelabuga plant.
A media presentation of the new flagship Aurus Komendant sport utility vehicle (SUV) was held last week in Moscow, Russia at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNH), formerly known as the All-Russian Exhibition Center.
Orders for the new Komendant are already being accepted ahead of its appearance in the showrooms of official dealers in Moscow and St. Petersburg early next year.
Named after the Commandant Tower of the Kremlin in Moscow, the Komendant SUV joins the Arsenal van and Senat limo and sedan in Aurus’ expanding lineup.
“Aurus Komendant was tested in extreme conditions. The car drove in the heat of plus 50 degrees and in the cold of minus 40,” said ‘MIR 24’ correspondent Artem Vasnev, who was one of the first to see the SUV.
“It has proven to be extremely reliable. This is how an SUV worth more than 33 million rubles should be”.
At 33 million 700,000 rubles or $559,800 (242 million naira excluding local taxes), the high-end luxury SUV will only be affordable for the very wealthy. That’s even more expensive than the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, which starts at $351,000.
“The heart of our vehicle is the hybrid engine. An electric machine and an eight-cylinder V-engine equipped with two turbines, a total capacity of 598 horsepower and a nine-speed automatic transmission familiar to Aurus Senat owners,” said Artem Yusupov, Director of Sales and of the Aurus service.
“We have done a great job during this period. We visited hundreds of suppliers and found a huge number of solutions, today the plant is working,” said Nikolai Khodasevich, General Manager of Aurus.
Production of the Komendant is scheduled to start in early 2023 at the Yelabuga plant, where five thousand cars can be produced per year.