2010s / Lada / News / Russian

Facelifted Lada Niva Urban leaked

lada-niva-urban-leak-3A report coming out of Russia indicates Lada is preparing to introduce a facelifted variant of the 37-year old Niva called Urban. The automaker is keeping full details under wraps until the SUV is officially unveiled at the upcoming Moscow Motor Show, but three leaked images published by Russian magazine Motor give us a good idea of what to expect.

The images reveal the Niva Urban gains body-colored plastic bumpers on both ends, multi-spoke hubcaps, additional trim on the rocker panels, a new three-slat radiator grille and a rear wiper. Interior pictures are not available but Motor reports the Niva Urban will offer a more comfortable ride than its more Spartan sibling thanks to standard air conditioning, power windows and additional sound-deadening material.

Lada has not made any major mechanical modifications under the hood, meaning the Niva Urban features a 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine whose output hovers in the vicinity of 80 horsepower. Power is sent to all four wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

Motor indicates Lada will begin production of the Niva Urban in its Togliatti, Russia, assembly line starting next October. Lada has not announced whether or not the Niva Urban will be distributed outside of its home country.

Stay tuned, we’ll bring you official details about the Lada Niva Urban as soon as they become available.

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7 thoughts on “Facelifted Lada Niva Urban leaked

  1. I’d be tempted to buy one as a friend used to have one back in the 90’s and it was a very capable little machine. If they haven’t made any changes to the design though I doubt it will be able to be sold elsewhere in Europe as it won’t pass crash or emissions testing?

    • I was actually wondering how the Niva will get around the upcoming Euro 6 regulations. Lada has apparently found a way because I haven’t heard anything about them stopping exports. You can still buy a brand new Niva in France.

    • I really like the Niva, but … A friend of mine has recently bought a six (or seven) year old one – and the rust is terrible… One would guess the car is twenty years old, by the look of it.

      If you buy one – regardless whether new or old – you need to immediately take care of the rust prevention. This means sealing all cavities. For a new Niva some hard cavity wax would be fine, for a used Niva something like Fluidfilm or Mike Sanders would probably be better. And then all cavities: frame, body, doors, you name it. And one needs to drill holes to get better access to some cavities (unless the rust already created holes…).

      And an additional protective paint layer on the lower parts of the car – like lower parts of the doors, fenders – would be an equally good idea.

      And then some coating of the underside.

      BTW: The conversion from petrol to gas is something one should consider, at least at the prices of petrol here.

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