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Lada Turning Vesta into Audi Allroad Wagon Contender

The newly appointed president of AvtoVAZ, Nicolas Moore, said in a recent statement that the production version of the Vesta Cross off-road wagon will be shown on August 24th at the Moscow Motor Show. We're presenting you with fresh photos of 2015's concept, hoping it will look the same.
Lada Vesta Cross Concept 11 photos
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The unveiling of the concept took place in August 2015, right before the production Vesta sedan made its debut. Reports emerged afterward that claimed Lada's Vesta Cross would enter production this September, together with a yet undetailed wagon.

We don't have many of the crucial details of this project, but the Vesta sedan is about to get a 1.8-liter engine specifically designed for the Russian market. Should that also be available on the wagon, we won't act surprised.

The segment of raised wagons began with Audi's famous Allroad models. Even though crossovers are infinitely more popular, more and more customers are buying this type of vehicle because of the car-like handling. Even Mercedes is working on a cross version of its E-Class Touring.

The media called the Vesta a rival for the Dacia Logan, so the wagon would be a match for the Logan MCV. Even though AvtoVAZ is owned 67.1% be Renault-Nissan, the platform underneath has nothing to dow with Dacia.

The standard engine is a 1.6-liter petrol which will soon have natural gas compatibility. Only one airbag is standard, and we don't expect any AWD on the cross wagon either. However, the raised suspension and protective body cladding should help the Lada cope with lumps and bumps in the Russian roads and even go a little beyond where those end.

In a way, Dacia does have rivals for a potential cross-wagon from Lada. We are talking about the Lodgy and Dokker Stepway models, plus the rough-road package available on the Logan MCV, which gives it more ground clearance.

 
 
 
 
 

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