Head of Renault Luca de Meo in an interview Automotive News spoke about the new global crossover, which in different modifications will be produced under the brands Dacia, Lada and Renault. A harbinger of such cars became the Bigster concept cardebuted in January 2021.
According to de Meo, each of the brands will release their own model, unlike the cars of other brands. At the same time, all cars will share up to 85% of common components and assemblies.
New items will be built on an extended version of the modular platform CMF-B, which formed the basis for the third generation Dacia Logan and Sandero. The top manager noted that the annual sales of new platform crossovers should exceed 1 million units.
The next generation Niva model (previously called 4×4) will be produced under the Russian brand Lada. Luca de Meo stated that new car will be more suited to driving on serious off-road compared to the Dacia Bigster. The exterior of the new Lada Niva will be made using some elements of retro style, as will be the case, for example, with the model Renault 5, which will be revived in the form of an electric car.
“We imagine the new Lada Niva as a car with good cross-country ability, adapted to serious loads and difficult conditions. To some extent, it can be compared to the Suzuki Jimny, ”de Meo said.
Earlier, AvtoVAZ published the first teaser for the next Lada Niva, which will premiere in 2024. The model will receive at least two different versions – standard and for serious off-road with ground clearance of up to 240 millimeters. According to unofficial data, the engine lineup will include 1.8-liter naturally aspirated engine that will work in conjunction with a six-speed manual transmission or CVT. In addition, Lada Niva will have a modification with a 1.3-liter turbo four from Renault Arkana and Kaptur. At the same time, the output of the unit will be reduced from 150 to 130 horsepower.