The new Chevrolet Niva will be made in Togliatti, Russia. Production begins in December and sales will start shortly after. Since the American brand has decided on leaving the European market at the end of 2015, there’s no way this car will be sold in the rest of Europe. Since it’s made in Russia and designed with Russian standards in mind, the Chevrolet Niva won’t be sold in the USA. Some countries that aren’t in the EU might also get the Chevrolet Niva in showrooms, but that’s just speculation at this point.
Chevrolet Niva’s only engine is a PSA-sourced 1.8-liter unit, already made in Russia for AvtoVaz.The four-cylinder unit will drive all four wheels and will only be available with a manual transmission.
While the Niva name makes us think of a connection between this car and the legendary off-roader named Lada Niva, the car in the pictures bears no mechanical connection to the Lada model. The Soviet-era car is still alive and well and will get the chance to celebrate its 40th birthday without severe changes in mind.
The decision not to use Lada Niva mechanics, like the current Chevrolet Niva does, marks a shift to a more Western-style car. That change means the new Chevrolet Niva will be more SUV than full-on off-roader. The body of the new Niva is expected to be around 4.3 meters long.