Formerly known as the Lada Niva before the joint venture between AutoVAZ and General Motors, the Niva has been a stalwart on Russian roads and can even be found in Canada − countries whose terrain can be somewhat cumbersome for regular vehicles. Luckily, the Niva has a record for handling things with aplomb, but the current model could use a rejuvenation, which is why the teasers should pique the interest of Niva fans.
Power for the new Niva will come from a 135-horse 1.8-liter gas motor copped from Peugeot and paired with a manual gearbox, although an automatic will be available for those willing to shell out the Rubles. Like many mini-SUVs these days, the base model will be front-wheel-drive with all-wheel-drive as an option.
Even though Chevrolet is slated to leave Europe next year, Russia is one of the few places in that part of the world where the Bow-Tie brand will remain.