The cabin gets a luxurious upgrade from leather upholstery.
The Volga Automobile Plant celebrates 50 years of automotive production. As the most famous product to come from that factory, the venerable Lada Niva gets some special treatment from Germany's Partisan Motors. The company is making just 50 of these updated SUVs and selling them for €19,900 (approx. £18,300 at current exchange rates). The limited-run vehicle is only available at specific dealers in Germany.
Partisan Motors' special edition Niva has a slightly revised body with a bonnet scoop and bumper with tow hooks. It rides on knobby, all-terrain BF Goodrich tyres that wrap around wheels with five sets of double spokes. Larger wings/fenders cover them. Roof rails provide a spot to tie down cargo. Big running boards provide a step into the cabin.
Partisan Motors only has this sketch of the vehicle for now. Inside, the company says there's leather upholstery. Each one comes with a numbered plaque.
The company also makes no reference to the vehicle's powertrain. The current Lada 4X4 – the name of the Niva in Russia – uses a 1.7-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with 83 bhp (62 kilowatts). It has a five-speed manual and four-wheel drive. This setup doesn't provide neck-snapping acceleration with the run to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometres per hour) in 17 seconds and a top speed of 88 mph (142 kph).
Originally introduced to Soviet Russia as the VAZ-2121 in 1977, the vehicle eventually got the name Nivan, which is Russian for a "crop field." Like modern crossovers, it used a unibody chassis, rather than being body-on-frame. Following the introduction to Western Europe in 1978, the model became a hit and at one point held 40 percent of the European 4X4 segment.
Never give up on the Niva:
Updates to the Niva (technically now the 4X4) for 2020 included bumper-integrated fog lights, an updated climate control system, a larger glove box, and two cupholders on the centre console. Otherwise, the aesthetics haven't changed much in over 40 years.
Source: Partisan Motors