A 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.