History Renault came to an end in Russia. French concern transferred assets AvtoVAZ, as well as its Moscow plant to Russian investors. However, the Renault Group has many unfinished projects in our country. In particular, the new generation SUV Lada Niva. It is reported that this project is still “frozen”, but this did not stop the designer automotive magazine cenyavto.com post a series of rendered images on the web. On them, he shows what the new cross-coupe Lada Niva 4×4 2022-2023 might look like.
As for the new generation of Niva, which was planned for release, it was to be built on the basis of the CMF-B platform developed by Renault-Nissan—Mitsubishi. The car was to become a “related” model Dacia bigster. Self-development of a new architecture will require serious expenses from a Russian company, which will definitely affect the cost of the future product. Therefore, she needs to look for other ways to solve the current situation. At the same time, it is worth noting that the French left their Moscow plant to the government on certain conditions: they transferred a license to assemble their models, probably in exchange for the fact that over the next 6 years they will be able to buy it back.
Therefore, the manufacturer may well independently bring to market the new Lada Niva 4 × 4 2022-2023 in the back of a cross-coupe. In addition, at this plant today is going to Renault Arcana, which can form the basis of the future model. In this case, a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine with 114 hp will be installed under the hood of the car, and a 150-horsepower 1.3-liter turbo unit will be offered for an extra charge. They are paired with a manual transmission and a CVT from Jatco. However, problems may arise with the installation of the latter and supercharged engines, since components for them were supplied from abroad. Separately, we also note that the new cross-coupe, like its prototype, will receive an all-wheel drive system.
If we talk about the appearance of a possible novelty, then the model shown in the renders looks very stylish. At the same time, the features of the classic Niva are visible in it. So, the car received round optics and a utilitarian radiator grille. The taillights have also retained their original design. In addition, 2 spoilers are installed at the stern at once, which makes the cross-coupe more aggressive. The expected cost of such a car is 1.5-1.6 million rubles.