The Chevrolet Niva 2016 is mini-Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) being produced in a collaboration between GM and AVTO-VAZ, a Russian carmaker. This car is a small Ute that is based on the Lada. In its present form, many people find this car to be a real bore. The new generation of this model will be unveiled as a concept car at the Moscow auto show. First glimpses of the vehicle make you think, why Chevy did not think about introducing this vehicle in the US.
CHEVROLET NIVA 2016: EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR
Maybe because there are many things about this SUV that are off putting including tires that are knobby and a very light roof rack. Even so, the Niva still manages to maintain a very aggressive look. In fact, its looks are far more aggressive than a normal compact Ute. If GM produces this vehicle in America, the car will, thanks to its special stance, prove to be very attractive to American buyers, especially the younger ones. However, as of now, the vehicle is only aimed at the Russian buyer.
Following a number of leaks, GM finally came out with its first official pictures of its new concept car that will be on display to the public at large at the new Moscow Motor Show. The Chevrolet Niva 2016 certainly looks very modern and is far more impressive and modern than its earlier model. The front end is very muscular. This conforms to GM’s worldwide design language. It also has other impressive features such as a snorkel and winch as well as tow hooks. Its mud-terrain tires are also a plus as they make the vehicle look very rugged.
CHEVROLET NIVA 2016: ENGINE SPECS
Sources, who are in the know, say that the Chevrolet Niva 2016 should be launched into the market early in 2016. The newly launched vehicle will have got rid of its meager 81 horsepower 1.7-liter engine, which will be replaced with a stronger 1.8-liter engine, which has been sourced from Peugeot. This new engine can produce about 135 horsepower. The engine will be coupled to a manual transmission that transfers power to each of the vehicle’s four wheels.
CHEVROLET NIVA 2016: RELEASE DATE
This vehicle is to be produced in Togliatti in Russia and production of the vehicle should start in December. In other words, it should be available for sale in showrooms across Russia soon after December. At present, Chevrolet has no plans to sell this car in America. The company also does not plan on selling this car in Europe due to the fact that Chevrolet will be exiting Europe by the end of this year.
It is of course distantly related to the rugged and thirty-seven year old Lada off-road vehicle. In the seventies, the Lada was considered as the perfect vehicle for the Russian roads. It had capabilities that were very uncompromising and it soon came to enjoy the same kind of status as the Jeep enjoys in the States. GM says that the new Chevrolet Niva 2016 will, without any doubt, become the right option for all those buyers who love their country and who want to make the most of the large open spaces throughout the year.