7-seater station wagon with diesel engine: GAZ 24-77 1978

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Do you know why crossovers have become so popular all over the world? On the basis of the SUV body, you can build the most versatile car, it can be fast, but remain roomy, family-friendly. It can be passable, but at the same time it is fast and comfortable to drive on the highway.

But, as they say, everything did not come immediately, and at first automakers began to make a universal car from ordinary sedans, combining the cabin space with the trunk. Approximately this is how the new station wagon body appeared.

GAZ, like many other global automakers, drew inspiration from the American market at the stratum of its activities, hence such a great similarity. It was there, across the ocean, that the trend of roomy cars for every day was born, so that you could take your family and a haystack with you.

In the case of the GAZ 24, the designers, already during the development of the sedan, laid everything necessary for the further development of the station wagon into the platform. To pay tribute to the entire interior was developed on its own and it turned out very well, you can fold all the chairs into a flat floor, you can fold only 3 rows of seats. The entire transformation takes less than a minute.

Diesel, of course, was imported and, of course, only for export. At the start of the active work of Autoexport in Europe, the Volga did not go, of course, buyers liked the spaciousness, high ground clearance, a penny price, but the Volga was called a clumsy, voracious cow, the real consumption was 15 liters (well, 12 if you save hard).

Local dealers put forward the idea to put a diesel engine on the 7-seater Volga station wagon. No one knows exactly how many such cars were assembled, but according to Vladimir Borisovich Reutov, the leading designer of GAZ, about 8 thousand. In Europe, the model was called

Mostly they installed Peugeot-Indenor XDP 4.90

The export version had a different interior, it was installed in the same way as the engine in Europe, the difference lies in the “leather” upholstery of the seats and door cards.

We did not seek to develop a diesel direction for civilian cars, the reason is simple, gasoline did not cost much more than diesel and 15 liters of consumption did not frighten those who could afford the Volga, and state organizations did not think about consumption at all.

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