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Body style: Wagon (station wagon, estate, combi, touring)
Segment: Compact

In the Soviet Union, the car-industry was mainly focused around the Tolyatti factory, where it built the Lada/Zhiguli brand in various shapes.

It was hard to hide the Fiat 124 origins under the re-shaped and revamped Lada bodywork. But the Kremlin comrades didn't care too much about that. What they cared about was the car to bring valuable foreign currencies to the desperate Russian economic situation. The engineering team noticed the differences made by the European design trends and enhanced the already old vehicle.

On the outside, the car's shape was still similar to the Fiat 124 station-wagon but featured squared headlights instead of the round ones used before. Since they couldn't found a way to fit plastic, wrapped-around bumpers, they kept the metallic one used before but added some rubber strips on it. In the rear, the slightly raked forward tailgate was redesigned to make room for more prominent taillights.

Inside, the design team installed a new dashboard with an upgraded instrument cluster. There, it placed a larger speedometer and small gauges while the tachometer was dumped. Even though most carmakers already offered power windows, Lada still featured cranked ones without any other option. As expected, the air-conditioning was still unavailable. In the back, the single-folding system for the bench was the only option to expand the trunk.

Under the hood, Lada couldn't develop a better engine than those installed previously and offered two options fed by carburetors. Their fuel-efficiency was bad, and the performances were nowhere near Western compact station wagons. Lada Nova's main advantage was the low price.

LADA Nova Combi 1985 - 1998 6 Photos
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LADA Nova Combi 1985 - 1998
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.3
  • 1.5

LADA Nova Combi 1.3

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1285 cm3
Power
48 KW @ 5600 RPM
65 HP @ 5600 RPM
64 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
73 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM
99 Nm @ 3400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
85.12 mph (137 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
18 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 4 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165 R13S
DIMENSIONS
Length
162 in (4115 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
57.4 in (1458 mm)
Wheelbase
95.4 in (2423 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.1/36.6 cuFT (343 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2314.85 lbs (1050 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3328.98 lbs (1510 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Highway
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Combined
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)

LADA Nova Combi 1.5

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1451 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5600 RPM
75 HP @ 5600 RPM
74 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
86 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM
117 Nm @ 3400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
93 mph (150 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
17 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 4 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165 R13S
DIMENSIONS
Length
162 in (4115 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
57.4 in (1458 mm)
Wheelbase
95.4 in (2423 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.1/36.6 cuFT (343 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2314.85 lbs (1050 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3328.98 lbs (1510 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.6 mpg US (9.2 L/100Km)
Highway
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Combined
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
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