Lada Niva: A Timeless Classic Gets a Second Generation

CEO Khai Intela
Motorists who thought the Toyota Land Cruiser was the epitome of durability and longevity need to look no further than the 2021 Lada Niva. Since its introduction in 1977, the Niva has remained virtually unchanged,...

Motorists who thought the Toyota Land Cruiser was the epitome of durability and longevity need to look no further than the 2021 Lada Niva. Since its introduction in 1977, the Niva has remained virtually unchanged, making it a true testament to its enduring appeal. However, after nearly 50 years on the roads, the iconic Niva is finally getting a much-anticipated second generation set to launch in 2024.

Staying True to Its Roots

Lada plans to unveil four new models in Russia by 2025, with the second-generation Niva being one of the most highly anticipated releases. Despite undergoing a modern makeover, the new Niva will retain the unmistakable styling cues that made its predecessor so beloved. From the upright front end with turn signals positioned above the headlights to the wheels pushed out to the corners of the body, the Niva's distinct character will be carried forward.

Built for Adventure

Lada understands the importance of staying true to the Niva's rugged nature without alienating its loyal fan base. The upcoming model will continue to offer its signature four-wheel-drive capability, a hard-wearing interior, and unrivaled off-road performance. It's not just a vehicle; it's a reliable tool that can conquer any terrain, making even mountain goats take a second glance.

Lada Niva The upcoming Lada Niva is set to captivate enthusiasts with its timeless design.

Leveraging Renault's Expertise

Under the ownership of Renault, Lada has undergone strategic changes aimed at maximizing its potential. The new Niva will be built on Renault's CMF-B platform, already utilized in successful models like the Renault Clio and Nissan Juke. While powertrain details are kept under wraps, it's safe to assume that the Niva will benefit from Renault's renowned engineering prowess.

Expansion Beyond Russia

The launch of the second-generation Niva is a crucial step for Lada as it aims to expand its presence beyond Russian borders. With the Niva Vision concept set to make its debut in 2021, the world will soon catch a glimpse of what the new Niva has to offer. Lada believes that these models will resonate with consumers globally, heralding a new era for the brand.

A Classic Soldiers On

In the meantime, the current Niva, now known as the Niva Legend, will continue to be available in select markets. The 2020 update brought comfort enhancements to the front seats and rear bench, while 2021 saw improved sound insulation. With the option of two or four doors, the Niva Legend is equipped with a 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine, delivering 83 horsepower and 95 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission.

A Legacy Reimagined

Interestingly, the Niva's original design was inspired by a unique request made to the development team back in the 1970s: "Create a Renault 5 on a Land Rover chassis." When you observe the Niva from the side, the inspiration becomes evident. Remarkably, the Renault 5 is also set to make a comeback in the 2020s as an electric hatchback with a retro-inspired design.

As we eagerly await the launch of the second-generation Niva, it's clear that Lada is once again ready to captivate car enthusiasts around the world. With its timeless design and unmatched off-road capabilities, the Niva stands as a true automotive icon, ready to embark on a new chapter in its storied history.

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