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LADA Niva Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 1
First production year: 1976
Engines: Gasoline, Diesel
Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
 

1976 - Present

At the beginning of the '70s, the Soviet Union premier Alexei Kosygin assigned AvtoVaz and AZLK to create an off-road vehicle, and competition between the two Russian carmakers began. The Communist party understood the need for an off-road vehicle, ideal for rough remote areas where roads existed only on lines on some maps. The older GAZ off-road vehicle, built since WWII, was outdated, very uncomfortable, and unreliable. AvtoVaz, who were already producing Lada cars under Fiat's license, won the competition and started building the Niva in 1976. It was a simple-looking, two-...

full description and technical specifications
gasoline engines:

  LADA NIVA 1.6L 5MT AWD (77 HP)

  LADA NIVA 1.7i 5MT AWD (80 HP)

  LADA NIVA 1.7i 5MT AWD (84 HP)

diesel engines:

  LADA NIVA 1.9L D 5MT AWD (65 HP)