The joint Chevrolet-AvtoVAZ alliance has teased its next Niva 4WD for the Russian market, in a concept set to appear at the Moscow Motor Show.
The new model is expected to go on sale in 2016, and will be the second generation of Niva produced by the alliance.
Off-road ability in the current Chev Niva has not been compromised, and these teaser images plus General Motors' assurances suggests the next generation will also feel at home in mud and snow.
GM says the new model will have “superb off-road capability”, including an off-road package comprising 16-inch wheels with all-terrain tyres, underbody protection and a snorkel.
There’s also a roof-rack containing the spare wheel, a roof-mounted light bar and prominent front tow hooks.
While there’s no shots of the interior, the alliance describes it as ‘stylish, fresh and modern’.
“The next generation Chevrolet NIVA will show a much closer resemblance to the rest of the Chevrolet line-up,” GM-AvtoVAZ Managing Director Jeffrey Glover said.
“Nevertheless, through its looks and performance it is clear that it will remain a true Niva to its core!”
The 1.7 litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 70kW and 140Nm may not continue in the new model, with reports suggesting a PSA Peugeot Citroen-sourced 1.8 litre engine making 100kW may feature instead.
While GM plans to withdraw the Chevrolet brand from European markets, Russia will be an exception. The 2014 Moscow Motor Show is set to begin on August 27.