In about two years, a successor to the traditions of the classic Niva will appear in the model range of AvtoVAZ - the new Lada 4x4. No one yet knows for sure exactly when it will go into production and how it will look, so we went to Togliatti to take a look at this Lada from the future, talk with chief designer Steve Mattin and understand what kind of car will replace the good old "Niva".
The best part is that it is full of details that deliberately repeat its predecessor: for example, air ducts in the rear pillar, side stamping of the window sill line (which, however, on the concept is interrupted in the middle to please the corporate X-design), and, of course, eyebrow turn signals, built-in in the hood - perhaps the main distinguishing feature of the "Niva". Without a doubt, they will also be on the production car.
But the beautiful rear doors will definitely not go into series. And the point here is not only that they open against the course of the movement. If you notice, they are very complex in shape: they are very expensive to produce. There won't be a beautiful panoramic roof on a production car either - all this is an impermissible luxury, given that the price of the new Lada 4x4 will be twice as high as the classic one.
Most likely, the new Niva will be built on its B0 platform, which means that it will be front-wheel drive. No more permanent all-wheel drive, just a coupled rear axle! Of course, the car will lose in its off-road capabilities, but only technically - thanks to short overhangs and huge ground clearance with geometric cross-country ability, everything is in order here.
As with the interior design: it is clear that everything will be different in the series, but so far everything inside looks very cool too. "Floating" displays of the driver and passenger, chopped futuristic seats and other X-design elements. As for the engines, under the hood there may be one of those that are now being put on the Arcana: a 1.3-liter turbo with 150 hp.
True, Steve Mattin assures that it is still impossible to assert everything for sure. We talked a little with Steve and even showed him the "Niva" on "Vossen", which we talked about not so long ago. He appreciated it rather restrainedly, but he told a lot of interesting things about the process of creating the 4x4 Vision concept: what was the task before the designers and why almost everything would have to be changed on the production car. “We didn't copy the old Niva, we didn't have the task of making a retro concept. We are not gathered here to copy the old - we must think about the future. What is happening in the world, what are the trends now. We want our car to stand out from the stream and its future competitors. And so that the same Lada 4x4 would be recognized in it”.
What do you think, was it worth taking on the new Niva - or was it just necessary to modify the old one? Write your opinion in the comments!