Rumors that the alliance of Renault and AvtoVAZ are somehow working on a new model that could try on a cult name, have been wandering for a long time. Their next portion promises a “new Niva” crossover platform, which will be finalized with an eye to severe off-road performance.
The new model is planned to be based on the CMF B-LS SUV platform with a transverse engine and a clutch in the rear axle drive, Drom.Ru reports with reference to its own sources. A complex designation means, perhaps, the next evolution of the B0 “truck”, on which all budget models of Renault are now based – but at the same time the “new Niva” will not become, say, a clone of the “Duster”.
The fact is that specifically for a future novelty, it is supposedly developing its own transmission, which provides for the possibility of using a downshift – it will be “built into” a mechanical box. But at the same time, the all-terrain vehicle will also receive a two-pedal version, which the variator promises. And other models that can build on the same platform – some completely new Datsun and the next generation Lada X-Ray – will not get such a transmission.
A new product, not yet having an official name, should be born by 2023. But what fate awaits after this moment those “fields” that AvtoVAZ already has at its disposal – Lada 4×4 and Chevrolet Niva – is still unknown, although theoretically nothing prevents the plant from producing all three SUVs in parallel, diluting them into different price niches.
Lada 4×4 Vision concept at MIAS 2018
Lada 4×4, aka “old Niva”, will remain the most affordable offer, and recent restyling will be the last deep modernization in her biography, as other serious modifications to the plant are simply unprofitable. They deprive the model of even the previously promised frontal pillow. As for the Chevrolet Niva AvtoVAZ once again owned, it will face symbolic restyling: with the transfer to the jurisdiction of the Lada brand, the model will receive a new appearance in the corporate X-style. And on this, obviously, the changes will be exhausted.
The production of an SUV from the GM-AvtoVAZ plant will “move” to one of the lines of the main Togliatti conveyor, and the freed up capacities will be loaded with the production of cars, the assembly of which the Russian Renault plant is now engaged in. It is planned to complete this process in 2022.