Now, Paul Tan has captured the 2016 Chevrolet Niva testing in Southern Europe wearing a full-blown camouflage suit, but there’s no hiding the true identity of this model, especially with the spare tire sticking from the rear as it is. It’s quite a spritely-looking small-SUV, akin to the Chevrolet Blazer of yore, and we can even see some Ford EcoSport in the design, which isn’t a bad thing by any means.
Intel suggests that the small SUV will be powered by a PSA-sourced 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing 135 horsepower mated to a five-speed manual gearbox will be offered for the rugged-looking 2016 Chevy Niva SUV. That powertrain will replace the prehistoric 1.7-liter four-cylinder that only musters a measly 80 horses. What’s more, the 2016 Niva is also expected to grow 10 inches in length.
Why not throw a General Motors-branded EcoTec four-cylinder under the hood? The 2016 Niva will still very much be a price-conscious offering and will only be available in Russia and the CIS markets. And something tells us that it will ride on GM’s G2XX platform.
Have a look at the spy photos here, and let us know how you think the SUV is shaping up.