Chevrolet Niva

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Chevrolet Niva
Niva2123RCN1.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer GM-AvtoVAZ
Production 1998–present
Assembly Tolyatti, Samara Oblast, 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 (2003–2009)

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.

In 2003 the car was awarded zero stars out of a possible four by the Russian ARCAP safety assessment program.[2]

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.[3]

In 2009, the model got a minor update, featuring a slight restyling, done by Bertone studio and some minor-changes.[4] The GLS and GLC version also comes with improved safety, such as ABS and dual front airbags.[5]

Second generation[edit]

Chevrolet Niva
Chevrolet Niva Concept.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer GM-AvtoVAZ
Production 2018–
Assembly Tolyatti, Samara Oblast, 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 a concept vehicle for a new generation of the Chevrolet Niva at the Moscow International Automobile Salon in late August 2014.[6] The Niva Concept, designed by Ondrei Koromaz of GM (or at General Moros' headquarters in Melbourne according to other sources),[7] has a longitudinal mounted engine, full-time four-wheel-drive, two-gear transfer case and rigid-axle rear suspension. The production model will get a 1.8-liter PSA Peugeot Citroën EC8 engine (135 hp) paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox,[8] although more recent news reports suggest that it will be based on the Renault Duster platform.[9] The new model's production version was initially expected in 2016,[6] but following Chevrolet stopping sales of its mainstream models in Russia, no information has been released on the topic, until more recent reports that claim it might be launched in 2018.[10]

Dakar Rally[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Размеры Chevrolet Niva" (in Russian). Chevrolet Россия. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Chevrolet Niva". Авторевю. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Chevrolet Niva FAM1 больше не выпускается" (in Russian). AutoNavigator.ru. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "О Chevrolet NIVA" (in Russian). Gm-AvtoVAZ.ru. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Нива Шевроле (in Russian). Niva-Chevrolet.com.ua. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Концепт Chevrolet NIVA нового поколения на ММАС 2014" (in Russian). Chevrolet Media. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "New Lada Niva for 2018… Could it be?". Caradvice.com.au. 
  8. ^ "Chevrolet Niva Concept debuted in Moscow". Wroom.ru. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "«GM-AVTOVAZ» is preparing a Chevrolet Niva 2 on the platform of Renault Duster". News-original.ru. 
  10. ^ "New Chevrolet Niva second generation may appear in 2018". Volkswagun.