Lada Niva 4×4 Turns 40 And Gets Special Editions As Part Of The Celebration

Talk about Soviet cars and one of the first things that pops to mind is the Lada Niva.

With its ‘back to basics’ flair, the SUV has been around for 40 years, and during this time, it was slightly updated, but beneath the skin, it remains as Spartan as ever.

However, turning 40 means that Lada had to prepare something, and they did – two special editions of the Niva, or 4×4 as it is currently called: the ‘Edition’ and ’40th Anniversary’, which will be produced in 1977 examples.

The former can be ordered in beige, red, white, terracotta and gray-blue, on top of a few interior enhancements that include the bright red-orange instrument cluster, stainless steel sills, eco-leather wrapped steering wheel and seats, with a combo of different shades, and the logo that reminds about their anniversary status.

As for the ’40th Anniversary’ models, these come with a camouflage look on the outside, a factory first for the aging SUV, along with black seats with contrast stitching, and same special logos.

Lada’s special vehicles will arrive at dealers this June.


  • Craig

    40 years? I’ll just assume then that it’s THE most reliable vehicle on the road.

    • Bash

      That’s hilarious man.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      True, but it will sh*t all over many, many supposed UVs.

      • PB

        I had one when it turned 15. You’d wonder how much worse a car could be, and Lada would always drop the bar even lower.

  • Speedometer reads up to 200….!!!

  • john1168

    How’s the reliability of these Lada’s? Are the newer ones any good? By the way those tires look like they could use a bit more tread…

    • ChrisInIL

      Define “reliability” please.

  • Mind Synthetic

    i will kill for this car brand new.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Phone Mr. Putin. He might be able to offer you a “deal” right now.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Not sure i’d like to own one. Drove one in Italy and i didn’t like it not even a bit…on the road…but offroad…well that’s another story…it trumps many bigger, hipster AWDs on the market. And it doesn’t break simply because it’s kept simple. My doubts are all on crash safety.

  • Eat your heart out, BMW Exclusive.


  • Chris C

    Seems odd that the wording is in English but they don’t offer RHD versions any more. Potential Land Rover Defender but they really should fix the very longstanding faults like rust traps/poor drainage and poor bearings/gearbox design.