Sometimes even legends need to retire after several years of service. This will apparently take place when it comes to the Niva Legend 5-door, with Lada preparation on ending production this December. The renowned 3-door Niva Legend nevertheless has absolutely nothing to fret about given that it will progress, a minimum of till the long-awaited brand new design shows up in 2024 .
The five-door variation of the Niva, codenamed VAZ-2131, is among the lots of versions that appeared in the mid-90s, numerous years after the unveiling of the three-door in the late ’70s. In spite of providing increased legroom for the rear travelers thanks to the substantially longer wheelbase (+500 mm/ 19.7 inches), it was not a terrific seller with only 100,000 systems leaving the factory given that 1993, out of the 3 million systems of the Niva offered considering that 1977.
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It is a reality that the majority of purchasers choose the traditional three-door short-wheelbase Niva which is the most capable off-road, the lighter, and the most fuel-efficient regardless of utilizing the exact same engine. For all these years there was still a market for the five-door version called as an estate variation of the 4×× 4.
Irrespective of the bodystyle, all Niva Legend designs are fitted with an (ancient) 1.7-liter engine producing 82 hp (61 kW/ 83 PS) and 129 Nm (95 lb-ft) of torque mated to a five-speed handbook transmission and a four-wheel-drive system.
Supply concerns stopped the production of the five-door Niva Legend in February, just to reboot once again in March. Our Australian associates at Drive.com.au report that the AutoVAZ factory stopped taking orders recently in order to capture up prior to production ends for great in December.
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In Russia, the Niva Legend five-door is presently provided in Classic, Luxe, Urban, and Black Series trim levels with costs varying from ₽₽ 747,900 ($ 10,556) to ₽₽ 832,900 ($ 11,756). The flagship variation comes geared up with 16-inch alloy wheels, incorporated plastic bumpers, fog lights, heated front seats, power windows, heated mirrors, and a/c. The off-road-focused Bronto cut was solely provided as a three-door.
AutoVAZ’s choice to end production for the long-wheelbase Niva Legend was a no-brainer because the just recently facelifted Niva Travel can be viewed as an indirect replacement. This design is an upgraded variation of the AvtoVaz 2123 that debuted in 1998 and was likewise offered as the Chevrolet Niva , however it is still considerably more contemporary than the fossilized Niva Legend. For the record, the Niva Travel begins with ₽₽ 820,900 ($ 11,587) in Russia, which is a reasonable cost for such a lorry.