It was a big step forward for the Avtovaz Russian carmaker. From the carbureted, 1.2-liter engine with rear-wheel-drive installed on a car designed in the '60s, it jumped to a 1.6-liter, fuel-injected engine and with front-wheel-drive. The car was ready to go into production in 1990, but the economic crisis and the fall of the Soviet Union delayed the project.
The design was new, with narrower, rectangular headlights. The grille was almost completely covered, with just a small cut on its lower side. An additional cooling area was installed on the lower side of the bumper. On the side, a sideline visually connected the headlights with the taillights. It featured a long roofline and another set of windows behind the rear doors since it was a station-wagon. On top of the tailgate, Avtovaz installed a roof-spoiler to prevent the dirt over the back window.
Inside, the car featured a design that was closer to the '80s vehicles than to those from 1995. There was no airbag for the driver or power-windows for the standard trim level. Inside the trapezoidal instrument cluster, the designers installed white lettering on black dials and red needles. A large panel showed which doors were opened on the center console next to the ventilation controls. There were two seats at the front and a bench in the back with a folding seatback to expand the trunk area.