The Niva badge is returned to its rightful place.


Scorching on the heels of its successor being (finally) announced, everybody’s favorite ‘they nonetheless make that?’ automobile, the Lada Niva, is now formally known as the Niva once more, however this time will probably be known as the Lada Niva Legend.

Just about unchanged because it entered manufacturing in 1976, the basic Niva had its identify modified to Lada 4×4 in 2006, as a result of a three way partnership between Lada and GM noticed a brand new unibody SUV enter the market in 1999, known as the Chevy Niva.

In July final 12 months, nonetheless, Lada’s father or mother firm AutoVaz accomplished the buyout of GM’s stake within the enterprise and built-in the Chevy Niva into the Lada steady, to be merely known as the Lada Niva, which was bought alongside the precise Niva, aka Lada 4×4.

Confused but?

Niva thoughts, it begins to make extra sense.

In Russian, Niva roughly interprets to ‘discipline’, and Lada as ‘little darling’. Thus the plucky off-roader was (and is) the ‘little darling of the sector’.

In the identical approach you possibly can have a Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Collection, Prado and 70 Collection, for Lada to name any 4×4 a ‘discipline’ then truly stacks up.

Simply final month, Lada revealed a RAV4-ish update to the ‘new’ Niva, which is now known as the Lada Niva Journey.

It can share the showroom with the newly re-monikered Lada Niva Legend, and so now every little thing is a Niva, however just one is really legendary.

The Niva Legend is obtainable as a 3 or five-door mannequin, and like a real pocket Range Rover, it even has a ‘Black Collection’ variant out there.

Pricing begins from 587,900 rubles, or round AU$10,500. You possibly can have it one in every of ten colors, together with a green-camouflage sample as a $500 choice.

The Niva Legend shouldn’t be at present constructed for right-hand drive markets, so if you need one, you’ll have to discover a basic Niva which was bought in Australia between 1983 and 1998.

Conveniently for homeowners, like me, the continuous manufacturing means elements are nonetheless readily and cheaply out there.

The all-new Niva is slated for production in 2024, 48 years after the unique introduction of the mannequin. If earlier type is something to go by, it could be bought alongside the legendary one. We are able to solely hope.