The production of three-door “Niva” in Togliatti was re-launched on July 13. According to the representatives of the plant, the Classic’22 package (by analogy with the simplified “Grant”) was developed “in order to ensure the maximum possible localization of the car, eliminating the impact of a shortage of imported components.”
Such a Niva does not have an anti-lock braking system, an ERA-GLONASS module, a single side airbag and belt pretensioners, and the engine complies with the Euro-2 environmental class. Under the hood is the old 8-valve 1.7 engine (83 hp, 129 Nm) in conjunction with a 5-speed “mechanics” and a permanent all-wheel drive system.
The Classic’22 package also retained the power steering, power front windows, ISOFIX child seat mounts, daytime running lights, on-board computer, 16-inch forged wheels, steel crankcase and audio preparation.
Vazovtsy promised that the price of an SUV after the resumption of production “will become more attractive.” Without taking into account options and dealer equipment, the cost of the car is 796,500 rubles, that is, 22.4 thousand rubles less than they ask for a Niva with a full set of previously necessary security systems. By the way, in the case of the Grant, the Classic’22 package helps to save as much as 80,000 rubles.
In the near future, AvtoVAZ also plans to launch the production of simplified Niva Travel. According to Dmitry Kostromin, vice president of sales and marketing, the company is now “making every effort” to return the model to the assembly line. It is expected that this will happen in late August – early September this year.
In April, Niva celebrated its 45th anniversary on the assembly line: the first SUV was assembled in Togliatti back in 1977. The resumption of production of the five-door Legend at AvtoVAZ is not reported – plans to abolish this version were announced by management at the end of 2021.