2018 Chevrolet Niva

The most popular SUVs of domestic production, which received the big name Chevrolet Niva, are very popular not only in Russia, but also in more than 100 countries of the world. Reliable off-road explorers attract attention with such advantages as:

  1. permanent four-wheel drive and independent suspension;
  2. high permeability;
  3. a wide range of specialized models;
  4. availability of components;
  5. favorable price in comparison with counterparts import automakers.

Exterior of the 2019 Chevrolet Niva

Brand history

PrehistoryThe first small class SUV from the Volga Automobile Plant (VAZ-2121 Niva) rolled off the assembly line back in 1977. The car quickly won not only the love of domestic motorists, but also became one of the few VAZ models supplied for export. Domestic SUVs are highly appreciated even in Japan.

For more than 40 years of production of Niva cars, Avto VAZ has repeatedly upgraded the model, improving specifications, carrying out minor restyling and offering specialized "charged" versions.


First generationChevrolet Niva appeared in 2002 as a result of the joint development of two large automotive companies and this car will be available at car dealerships until 2019. The launch of the model was established at the joint venture GM-AvtoVAZ (Togliatti), and starting in 2017, the production line for cars was launched in Kazakhstan.

After restyling, which received the name of an American brand as an attachment to an already well-known name, Niva retained all the main advantages of the model, while offering the owner:

  • higher level of comfort;
  • powerful power unit under the hood;
  • reliable 5-speed manual transmission;
  • fuel consumption that is economical for an all-wheel drive vehicle (11 liters per 100 km);
  • package of the most advanced options.

Chevrolet Niva 1st generation

In the showrooms of the Russian Federation, the model is presented in five trim levels:

  1. L - basic equipment;
  2. LC - with air conditioning;
  3. GL - an improved version with a set of airbags, anti-lock system and alarm;
  4. GLC is the maximum comfort of the passenger compartment, plus a package of additional options for the driver;
  5. LE + is a true off-road version, in which there is a snorkel, a hitch and reliable engine protection.

We propose to learn more about the Chevrolet Niva cars sold in car dealerships today and why this car will be quoted on the market in 2018-2019.

Second generationChevrolet Niva began to develop in 2010 and promised to launch into mass production by the beginning of 2019, but today the project has remained at the level of promising photos and the only prototype of 2014.

Experts talk about two scenarios. So, in the near future, by the standards of development of the domestic automobile industry, we will be able to see:

  1. Chevrolet Niva 2 2019 model in the design of the Italian studio Blue Engineering.
  2. Niva 4 × 4 from AvtoVAZ.
Chevrolet Niva 2Niva 4 × 4 from AvtoVAZNiva 4 × 4 from AvtoVAZ

Chevrolet Niva II

The Chevrolet Niva 2 generation car was officially unveiled at the 2014 Moscow Auto Show as a model that was supposed to be released in the series by 2016, but later the start of the assembly was postponed to the beginning of 2019.

Prototype Chevrolet Niva 2

The exterior of the updated SUV turned out quite impressive and quite different from all previous models of the line. Brutal, aggressive, emphasizing the off-road nature of the car, he promised a new start a successful start and attention not only from the side of motorists who conquer the roads, but also from the younger audience.

Premiere Chevrolet Niva 2

In the cabin of the new Niva, everything said that the car would not yield to the competitors of imported brands in comfort. High-quality materials, a full set of necessary onboard equipment, the most modern options to help the driver, a multimedia system and stylish lighting - everything is like an elite car claiming to be the owner with wealth and status.

Interior prototype Chevrolet Niva 2

On the technical side, the promises were also impressive. Under the hood of an SUV was supposed to be a powerful French gasoline engine PSA with a volume of 1.8 liters and a power of 136 hp, which was also intended for reliable 5-speed manual transmission.

After the model was shown at the Moscow auto show, the latest news about the Chevrolet Niva flew off at lightning speed, but until 2019 the company failed to meet the expectations of domestic motorists to get a modern, reliable and yet inexpensive SUV.

In 2015, the ambitious project was suddenly frozen because the company did not find the necessary funds for its implementation. Moreover, in August 2017, the company did not pay for the renewal of a patent for a car design, without commenting on its actions.Of course, this still does not mean that GM-AvtoVAZ rejected the idea, because they still remain its owners (at least for the next 2 years) and can make a payment at any time by extending of the patent.

LADA Niva 4 × 4

Since the GM-AvtoVAZ project of the Chevrolet Niva 2 was developed almost without the participation of a Russian company, AvtoVAZ decided to present its vision of what the new 2019 should become.

The first step towards the realization of the idea was the organization of a competition for the design of a new Russian SUV. Among the many works presented by domestic and foreign participants, the organizers drew attention to the futuristic Lada California, presented by a young designer from Togliatti.

Lada california

It is not yet known whether this prototype will be taken as the basis for a new model, or whether the new Niva Lada will receive a radically new exterior.

The most plausible is the version predicting the release of the updated LADA 4 × 4 crossover based on Renault Duster. In the network you can find many ideas on how the novelty will look. Most designers tend to believe that the SUV will get the body in the style of X-Code, as well as the interior and specifications from the car Duster.

Niva 4 × 4LADA Niva 4 × 4Renault DusterRenault Duster

The idea to get a big SUV at the price of a domestic car, under the hood of which there will be a complete set of quality and time-tested components and assemblies Renault really looks very attractive.

So it will be, time will tell. The presentation of the all-wheel drive LADA 4 × 4 should be held at the nearest Moscow Motor Show.

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