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Lada 4x4 Vision unveiled at the Moscow Motor Show.

By Tristan Tancredi, 31 Aug 2018 News

Lada 4x4 Vision could preview next-gen Niva

Lada 4x4 Vision Moscow Motor Show news

LADA unveiled its 4x4 Vision Concept at the 2018 Moscow Motor Show, hinting at a successor to the venerable Niva.

The 4x4 Vision takes the Lada 4x4 (Niva) – currently still on sale and largely unchanged since its 1977 release – and cranks up the wild dial.

“We are preparing the future of Lada. With the 4×4 Vision, we demonstrate the potential of a unique, expressive, bold and energetic design in a new SUV, drawing inspiration from the legendary Lada 4×4 Niva”, Lada’s Director of Design, Steve Mattin, said.

Engineered on a “special platform”, the Lada 4x4 Vision is 4.2 metres long, has short front and rear overhangs, and is said to offer plenty of ground clearance. What powers it is unknown, but the concept features an automatic gearbox with high and low range.

Not that you’d get too far off-road with those on-road-friendly 21-inch tyres. Still, the concept features underbody protection, the brand’s prominent X-shaped front end, and LEDs fore and aft.

Whether is serves as a “vision” to the future of the Niva remains to be seen.