Chevrolet Niva

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Chevrolet Niva
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
Engine 1.7 L I4 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual
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)
VAZ-2123 (1998–2002)
Chevrolet Niva (2004–2009)

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. 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]


  1. ^ "Размеры Chevrolet Niva". Chevrolet Россия. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Автор: Сергей (Кировск (Ленингр.обл.)). "Chevrolet Niva FAM1 больше не выпускается". Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Exterior and interior changes official page - one by one, with photos and english descriptions". Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Нива Шевроле". Chevrolet. Retrieved 3 November 2013.