The Lada Niva Vision is on its way.
Russian automaker Lada isn’t known for modern designs. What began a few decades ago in Soviet times, some of the marque’s car designs have progressed through to the 21st century and are still being sold to this day – and although the Vesta, Granta, XRAY and Largus MPV are more modern looking counterparts to their ancient predecessors (think Riva/Samara), its the Niva that has remained all-so-similar to its Soviet version.
The latest production Niva is the Niva Travel, which if offered in overseas markets, would convert over to $9,500 USD, $12,300 AUD, €7800 Euro and £6,900 GBP. Although the Niva Travel is a decently capable offroader, it still lacks many features which are considered standard on modern cars – but finally, it seems as if Lada has just about caught up with their latest promise.
With the help of Renault/Dacia, Lada created a concept car called the 4×4 Vision back in 2018, and now just three years later, the marque has promised that a production version based on the concept will become available for buyers in 2024. According to Lada, the new model will retain the concept name – the Niva Vision, and will “open new horizons for the brand” in a broader, more global market as part of their plan to release four “state of the art” vehicles by 2025.
The Niva Vision will be built off Renault’s CMF-B platform which currently underpins the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke – so although its unlikely we’ll see a Lada badged car for sale in Australia or the United States etc, the possibility of Nissan or Renault selling badge engineered Ladas isn’t out of the cards.