AvtoVaz CEO Confirms New Lada Niva Plans

Except for a few minor adjustments, the Lada Niva has remained pretty much untouched over the past 40 years, and yes, that’s a very, very long time.

However, this is about to change, as the Russians have confirmed work on a new generation of the classic off-roader. Confirmed by AvtoVaz’s CEO, Nicolas Maure, who recently spoke to Capital on the matter, the SUV will finally enter the 21st century.

Despite some claiming over the years that a successor of the current Lada Niva will share its nuts and bolts with the Dacia/Renault Duster in an effort to keep production costs down, the upcoming vehicle will not be related to the affordable SUV in any way.

It’s still too early to talk about its design or what engine it will use, but once its hit the market, possibly as early as next year, it will complement the brand’s Vesta and Xray offerings, and it’s expected to come in two body styles, with 3 and 5 doors.

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  • AW, ADORABLE.

  • Big Black Duck

    simply beautiful!

  • Ary Wisesa

    Well, the photos surely look adorable and beautiful. But I don’t think I could say similar praise for the car itself. If they want to sell that car, at least they must make it looks like a proper 21st century car. Even if they want to go retro, they must learn one or two thing from Fiat 500 or Mini hatchback.

  • Bash

    basically a seventies car of today… I love its simplicity.

  • EXCAN

    Bring them back to Canada please!

  • Marty

    Another chance for the Russian industry to fail miserably at making consumer products for anyone but Russians.
    The Lada Niva is a classic car (that probably inspired the Japanese carmakers that started the SUV trend). But it was designed 40 years ago, and as far as I can see the people at VAZ hasn’t really managed to create any such reliable no-nonsense products since then. Or other products that people actually choose to buy.

  • Miknik

    So soon? I mean the 1976 model has barely sunk in, and now they are already replacing it. SO hectic.

    That said, after the Defender gone, the Niva is the last true piece of iron left. sad when it finally will have to go….

    • 837

      Did you forget the Land Cruiser 70 series?

  • 13880

    I didn’t know you guys read Capital! Which issue was this in?

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