AvtoVAZ brought a lot of new products to MIAS-2018, but they all pale against the background of the very main intrigue that the manufacturer kept until the very opening of the exhibition. As expected, the residents of Togliatti have prepared a prototype of the new generation Lada 4 × 4 SUV for the auto show.
The concept was named Lada 4 × 4 Vision, and Steve Mattin worked on its design – it turned out very cool! Just look at this Niva – it looks amazing, and I really want to be launched into the series as soon as possible.
The SUV is made in the corporate style of the company with the use of deep X-shaped stampings on the sidewalls and the same motifs in the front. The prototype received a massive radiator grille with an original pattern, diode head optics with turn signals placed on the hood, and the hood itself stands out with a developed relief.
Lada 4 × 4 Vision Concept is delivered on large 21-inch wheels with a fashionable design, a silver insert flaunts in the side sills, and the roof has a panoramic sunroof, wide roof rails and an integrated spoiler. The feed meets with a brutal bumper and lamps of the original X-shape – this is the first time VAZ uses such a solution.
At first glance, the car looks like a classic three-door, but in fact it has additional doors that open against the direction of travel (like on the Mazda RX-8), providing more convenient access to the second row of seats. There is no central post.
Inside, Lada 4×4 Vision meets a modern interior with a stylish steering wheel, a large electronic instrument panel and a large color display on the center console, framed by vertical ventilation system vents.
On the central tunnel there is an automatic transmission selector and a selection of driving modes. The seats look sporty – with developed lateral support, headrests integrated into the backrests and multi-textured upholstery in different materials and colors.
So far, Lada 4 × 4 Vision is only a model, so there is no technical filling here. It is expected that the production version of the future Niva will be built on the upgraded B0 platform of the Renault-Nissan alliance (possibly on the one used on the new Renault Arcana).
Under the hood, a 1.8-liter gasoline engine with 122 hp is expected, the drive will of course be full – with a rear axle clutch and a very short first gear instead of a separate downshift. The exact timing of the appearance of the commercial version of the model in the company is not announced, but it is unlikely that this will happen before 2020 or even 2021.
There is no information about the price of the upcoming Niva yet, we can only assume that the cost of the SUV will be comparable to the Renault Duster 2, which we have not yet sold. Thus, the car will become approximately twice as expensive as the current Lada 4×4, so it is possible that the “old man” will continue to be produced for some time.