2021 Lada Largus Enters Production With Old Dacia Logan MCV Underpinnings

Developed by AvtoVAZ in collaboration with the Renault-Nissan Alliance when Mitsubishi wasn't in the club, the Largus can be summed up as a first-generation Dacia Logan MCV with different badges. A station wagon by definition and a multi-purpose vehicle by choice, the compact family car has been refreshed for the 2021 model year inside and outside.
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The exterior makeover aligns the Largus to the Granta sedan, Vesta sedan, and XRAY Cross, which all feature the Russian automaker’s latest styling language. The larger grille is flanked by halogen headlights, but Lada isn’t fooling anyone who knows the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s expanded lineup.

Romanian automaker Dacia offered those headlights on the previous-generation Logan, Logan MCV, and Sandero until the 2016 facelift, and the cabin is pretty similar as well. Only the instrument cluster and steering wheel appear to be completely redesigned, which explains why the Largus is one of the cheapest new cars available to purchase in Russia these days.

Affordable doesn’t necessarily mean bad, though. Lada offers a touchscreen infotainment with built-in satellite navigation, buttons on the steering wheel, heated front seats and windshield, cloth upholstery with man-made leather, as well as a USB port and a 12-volt socket for the second-row passengers. The Cross faux-crossover specification doesn’t look half bad either thanks to black plastic cladding on the wheel arches.

Because it has entered production today at the Tolyatti plant in the Samara Oblast of Russia, pricing information for the 2021 model isn’t available at the present moment. Engine options include 1.6-liter four-cylinder lumps with 87 and 106 metric horsepower connected to a five-speed manual transmission; similar to the Logan MCV, all-wheel drive isn’t offered.

The Largus may soldier on with the B0 platform developed from the Nissan B platform, but Dacia has moved on to modern underpinnings for the automaker’s current lineup. The CMF-B from Renault is the culprit, which offers superior protection in a crash and the electrical architecture needed for active safety systems such as Automatic Emergency Braking.
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