Lada is preparing the future dreaded rival for Dacia Duster. Which model will attack the supremacy of the local SUV?

Russian carmaker Lada is working on the next generation of the compact Niva SUV, which will be the first after a four-decade hiatus. The new model would make its debut on the European market in 2024. The car will be developed in parallel with the Dacia Duster 3 with which it will also share the CMF-B modular platform.

It is well known that Dacia and Lada are part of the same business unit within the Renault Group. The French promise that the Niva will remain an affordable and capable off-road car.

The new Lada Niva will have hybrid versions

From an aesthetic point of view, the next generation Lada Niva will have a five-door body, in the style of the 4 × 4 Vision concept presented in 2018, in Moscow. Thus, the car will keep the angular lines, the robust silhouette and the high ground clearance that have consecrated it since the appearance of the first generation, in 1977.

The front would take over, obviously in a modern approach, the details of the last 45-year-old model. The Italians from Autobild write that the optical blocks will be made up of three LED rods, which will flank the traditional large grid.

At the back should be a set of horizontally arranged LED taillights and a robust spoiler in the purest Russian style. The rear speaker will also house the two terminations of the exhaust system.

According to the quoted source, the most important visual detail is the “C” amount, which would be very short. This is basically an indication that the roof will have a plunging line backwards, in the style of coupe SUVs.

It seems that the next generation Lada Niva will have a variant with an increased wheelbase. This means that the Russian car will also offer a seven-seater configuration. This variant is expected to be launched in 2025.

From a technical point of view, the new Lada Niva will be available on the European market with the Renault 1.3 TCe supercharged petrol engine, equipped with 12V mild-hybrid technology.

At the same time, the offer will include full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid configurations. The assembly will consist of the new 1.8 SCe naturally aspirated petrol engine and the dedicated electric unit.

Source: Autoblog

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