At the end of last year, Lada announced the end of production of the hardcore Niva Bronto. However, customer demand for the off-road-inspired version of the SUV remained high and the Russian manufacturer decided to revive it in the summer of 2021. Lada has just unveiled the refreshed Niva Bronto with improvements focused mainly on the SUV. inside the cabin. .
Based on the rugged Niva Legend, the Niva Bronto will be sold in two trims – Luxe and Prestige, the former offering a more utilitarian appearance with metal bumpers and 15-inch wheels. The Prestige trim adds stronger plastic bumpers, rocker panel and wheel arch protection, fog lights and a model-specific grille. Both variants can be fitted with factory-certified equipment, including an LED roof light bar and a special “camouflage” exterior paint.
As mentioned above, the interior is where most of the changes for the new model year are concentrated. These include a new instrument cluster, a modified center console with new climate controls, new more comfortable seats with heating function and improved noise and vibration isolation. A few other small tweaks can be seen inside the cabin.
Power continues to be delivered by Lada’s immortal naturally aspirated 1.7L gasoline engine developing 83 horsepower (62 kilowatts). The four-cylinder unit is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, sending power to all four wheels via an all-wheel drive system with front and rear differential locks. The Niva Bronto also rides on a slightly modified and reinforced suspension.
Lada is already accepting orders for the refreshed Niva Bronto at its dealerships across Russia. Needless to say, the model will not be exported to other markets.
A brand new generation of the Niva is finally set to arrive in 2024. It was teased earlier this year and early rumors suggest it could get a Renault stock 1.3-liter turbo engine. If this turns out to be true, it will be the first time in history that the Niva will be powered by a turbo engine.