Chevrolet Niva

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Chevrolet Niva
Niva2123RCN1.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer GM-AvtoVAZ
Production 1998–present
Assembly Tolyatti, Russia
Body and chassis
Class Mini SUV
Body style 5-door wagon
Layout Front-engine, four-wheel-drive
Related Lada Niva
Powertrain
Engine 1.7 L I4 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,450 mm (96.5 in)[1]
Length 4,056 mm (159.7 in)
Width 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height 1,690 mm (66.5 in)

The Chevrolet Niva is a mini sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced by GM-AvtoVAZ, a joint venture between AvtoVAZ (the parent company of the Lada brand) and General Motors, since 1998. The car is a development of the Lada Niva and was previously known as the VAZ-2123 in the design stage.

First generation[edit]

VAZ-2123 (1998–2002)
Chevrolet Niva (2004–2009)

It features an updated body and 1.7-litre gasoline engine with fuel injection. Although the body and the interiors are new, it is still based on the old VAZ 2121 engine, transmission and most mechanicals. Its off-road ability is exemplary compared with many modern budget SUVs, having been designed for tough tundra territory.

An export version with reinforced hull, 1.8-litre Opel Ecotec Family 1 gasoline engine and Aisin four-wheel drive has been under consideration since 2003. Although most of the engineering work has been completed, the release has been constantly postponed. Although the GM-AvtoVAZ considered building a new engine plant for the local production of Ecotecs, in July 2005 it was announced that the project was cancelled, along with plans for the long-anticipated "export" Niva. However, the project was revived in Fall 2006 and the "Niva FAM1" was introduced as a new trim level for the 2007 model year. The price was much higher than the standard trim, that made the project not as successful and led it to be discontinued in April 2008. Another reason was the ceasing of Ecotec engine production at the Hungarian plant.[2]

In 2009, the model got a minor update, featuring a slight restyling, done by Bertone studio and some minor-changes.[3] The GLS and GLC version also comes with improved safety, such as ABS and dual front airbags.[4]

Second generation[edit]

Chevrolet Niva
Chevrolet Niva Concept.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer GM-AvtoVAZ
Production 2016-
Assembly Tolyatti, Russia
Designer Ondrey Koromaz
Body and chassis
Class Mini SUV
Body style 5-door wagon
Layout Front-engine, four-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine 1.8 L I4 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual

GM-AvtoVAZ introduced the concept of a new generation of the Chevrolet Niva at the Moscow International Automobile Salon in late August 2014, with the production version expected in 2016.[5] Chevrolet Niva Concept was designed by Ondrei Koromaz of GM. The car has longitudinal mounted engine, full-time four wheel drive, two-gear transfer case, rigid-axle rear suspension. Production Chevrolet Niva will get new 1.8-liter PSA EC8 engine (135 hp) paired with 5-speed manual gearbox.[6]

Dakar Rally[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Размеры Chevrolet Niva" (in Russian). Chevrolet Россия. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Chevrolet Niva FAM1 больше не выпускается" (in Russian). AutoNavigator.ru. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "О Chevrolet NIVA" (in Russian). Gm-AvtoVAZ.ru. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Нива Шевроле (in Russian). Niva-Chevrolet.com.ua. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Концепт Chevrolet NIVA нового поколения на ММАС 2014" (in Russian). Chevrolet Media. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chevrolet Niva Concept debuted in Moscow". Wroom.ru. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.