Last week, AvtoVAZ announced the launch of the Lada 4×4 with a modified interior and improved passive safety. Western autojournalists sarcastically reacted to the description of the updated SUV, but paid tribute to the long conveyor life and outstanding cross-country ability of the Togliatti all-terrain vehicle.
Reviewer Autoblog.com Ronan Glon called the Niva one of the oldest cars in the world. Production of the SUV started in 1977, when the 39th president, Jimmy Carter, was in power in the United States, Glon recalled, and since then the car has been continuously produced.
Moreover, the journalist writes that the appearance of the Lada 4×4 has not actually changed all these years, except for the replacement of horizontal lamps with vertical ones in 1993. For example, buyers can still order a car with metal bumpers in the style of the 1970s, which “stick out like a springboard for diving.”
The term “infotainment system” has not yet been included in the Lada 4×4 vocabulary, Glon says ironically, while innovations are limited to adding 12-volt outlets and an analog dashboard with a small LCD display. Despite all the changes, the interior of the Niva still reminds of the times when engineers were asked to create a “passenger car based on the Land Rover chassis.” But the Lada 4×4 has an emergency response system that interacts with the driver’s airbag, and new sun visors, the journalist notes.
The only country in Western Europe where the Lada 4×4 is still sold remains Germany. There, the starting price of Niva is 11,990 euros (about 827 thousand rubles at the current rate), and the SUV is in steady demand by adventurers, hunters and off-road lovers. In addition, the Niva remains incredibly popular in its homeland, so the rumors that the Lada 4×4 can be discontinued before the end of the 2010s are untrue, Autoblog sums up.
A source: Autoblog