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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

The Russian carmaker AvtoVaz decided to introduce a new model in its lineup, the Kalina hatchback, which it unveiled in 2006 as a hatchback and a sedan.

The Togliatti factory lost most of the orders for its outdated models. But the Russian engineers didn't give up and tried to build a new, small-segment vehicle. This time, they could access the western technologies, and the result was a substantial evolution, from the research point of view, but the final product looked better on paper than in showrooms.

The exterior looked like there were a few design teams, and they didn't talk one to another. The result was a rounded shape with headlights that looked from a different vehicle while the trunk was added after the rest of the car was ready. The small window behind the rear doors resembled the one fitted on the Opel Vectra B, and the taillights looked close to those from the Opel/Vauxhall Astra sedan.

Inside, the designers installed the headlights controls on the steering wheel's left, inspired by some German cars. Unlike those, the Kalina dashboard featured seven air vents, apart from the windshield defroster. The Russian engineers definitely knew how to deal with winter times.

Under the hood, Lada installed one engine option, carried over from the Lada 110 lineup. It was a four-pot 1.6-liter engine that offered 80 hp. It was paired to a standard 5-speed gearbox. The Russian engineers went for the "keep-it-simple, Ivan" method and didn't bother for an automatic transmission.

LADA Kalina Hatchback 2007 - 2013 20 Photos
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LADA Kalina Hatchback 2007 - 2013
  1 gasoline engine
  • 1.6i 5MT (81 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 1.4 TDI 5MT (70 HP)
  • 1.6 TDCi 5MT (90 HP)

LADA Kalina Hatchback 1.6i 5MT (81 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6i 5MT (81 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1596 cm3
Power
60 KW @ 5200 RPM
81 HP @ 5200 RPM
80 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
90 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
122 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
102.5 mph (165 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
151.6 in (3851 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
59 in (1499 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.3/55.5 in (1,430/1,410 mm)
Wheelbase
97.2 in (2469 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.2 cuFT (261 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2314.8 lbs (1050 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3362 lbs (1525 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)
Highway
41.3 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Combined
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
177 g/km

LADA Kalina Hatchback 1.4 TDI 5MT (70 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4 TDI 5MT (70 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1596 cm3
Power
51.5 KW @ 5200 RPM
70 HP @ 5200 RPM
69 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
90 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
122 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
102.5 mph (165 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
151.6 in (3851 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
59 in (1499 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.3/55.5 in (1,430/1,410 mm)
Wheelbase
97.2 in (2469 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.2 cuFT (261 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2314.8 lbs (1050 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3362 lbs (1525 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)
Highway
41.3 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Combined
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
177 g/km

LADA Kalina Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6 TDCi 5MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1596 cm3
Power
66.2 KW @ 5200 RPM
90 HP @ 5200 RPM
89 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
90 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
122 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
102.5 mph (165 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
151.6 in (3851 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
59 in (1499 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.3/55.5 in (1,430/1,410 mm)
Wheelbase
97.2 in (2469 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.2 cuFT (261 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2314.8 lbs (1050 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3362 lbs (1525 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)
Highway
41.3 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Combined
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
177 g/km
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