Chevrolet Niva 4WD Concept Revealed For Moscow Motor Show

Mike Stevens | Aug 27, 2014

The legendary Lada Niva now has a proper successor, revealed today in the form of the compact new Chevrolet Niva - a thinly-veiled ‘concept’ bound for this week’s Moscow Motor Show.

Replacing the Chevy Niva that first appeared as part of the GM-AutoVAZ joint venture in 1998, this concept represents the first truly all-new inheritor of the Niva name. (Of course, the first generation is also still going...)

But, while the new Niva calls on a Russian heritage, there’s a more global story to its development - including an Australian angle.

Yes, this Niva was designed in China under Holden artist Ondrej Koromhaz, and built here at the company’s world-class fabrication centre in Melbourne - the same facility that designed and built a special localised version of the 2011 Colorado concept.

In concept form, the Niva is powered by a Peugeot-supplied 100kW 1.8 litre four-cylinder engine, mated to a five-speed manual.

Permanent all-wheel-drive is also featured, with a lockable centre differential and a transfer case with a two-stage reduction gear.

Production details for the new Niva are still to be revealed, although GM and Russian partner AvtoVAZ have at least confirmed that a showroom debut is planned.

Whether that will include Australia is unclear however, with Holden already selling the compact - if less capable - Trax SUV here.

GM says the new Niva will enter production late next year, ahead of an early 2016 debut.

Watch for more details to come at the Moscow Motor Show.

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  • Honza says,
    1 year ago
    The picture of the front end, take off the protectors on the headlights and does anyone see the ford ecosport?
    • ccsvchost says,
      1 year ago
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      LOL yes I see it laugh So they took design cues from a direct competitor
  • MotorMouth says,
    1 year ago
    If the Lada Niva is "legendary", it's for being one of the worst cars ever sold in this country. This thing looks kinda cool, though.
  • Sean says,
    1 year ago
    I'll buy one if they sell it here.
    Small wagon with proper low range 4wd. Grand Vitara is the only other option at the moment. The rest are just taller road cars.
  • Westie says,
    1 year ago
    Pug engine? What's wrong with GM's 1.8? (Sarcasm warning, for those who missed it)
  • Sarge says,
    1 year ago
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    Lada Niva was a very capable 4x4. I had one and it proved itself many times offroad and onroad over many years. Sick of hearing about how it was one of the worst cars - usually from those who did not have one or "had one for 10 minutes" or heard from someone else how "bad it was". Niva was rough around the edges and required proper maintenance but it did its job and at the time, was the only affordable real 4x4 that came with diff lock and coil suspension all around - at that time only available in Range Rover.
    As for Chevrolet Niva - this looks cool and reads reasonably capable offroad but, typically for this country, we will not get it since we already have a great Holden Trax "SUV"rolleyesmadsad Trax=Junkx