It's not every day that Lada comes out with a new car. In fact, the Samara – which the model you see here is set to replace – has been on the market pretty much unchanged since 1997. (And that's not even their oldest model: the Niva 4x4 has been out there since 1977.) So the launch of the new Granta is a bit of an occasion for the Russian automaker and its parent company, AvtoVaz.

Based on the Kalina hatchback, the new Granta sedan is about as bare-bones as they come. For the equivalent of about $7,500, buyers born under Soviet rule get steel wheels, manual windows and... little else. A higher trim level with power steering, locks and windows, plus a stereo and ABS, goes for about $8,500. GPS, stability control and side-curtain airbags are options. Either way, it's got an old-school eight-valve 1.6-liter four that drives the front wheels through a five-speed manual, though a 16-valve 1.4-liter is on its way.

A competition version is also set to take on the World Touring Car Championship. You might be inclined to laugh, but if a Dacia can take on the Andros Trophy and Pikes Peak....


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      Matt Eisen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog writes "buyers born under Soviet rule..." The Soviet Union dissolved 20 years ago. A young Russian buyer will never have known Soviet rule...
      Al Terego
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Higher level trim comes with ..GPS".... (couple of maps in the glove box) :))
        S.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Al Terego
        Side curtain airbags: two pillows velcro-ed to the b-pillars
      aatbloke1967
      • 3 Years Ago
      AB, the Samara has been around since the mid 1980s. The 110/112 series, which was supposed to replace the Samara but was built alongside it, is the car that, as you say, has been around since 1997. That car was rebodied with a more modern bodyshell and sold as the Priora a few years ago. The Granta replaces the 119/Kalina, but they're same car underneath. The 119 is only about eight years old - practically brand new for Lada.
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      I remember when wheels/roll-up windows was just fine here in the States. Now we're all pampered wienies.
      VladyF
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never thought I'd say this, but Dacia is so much better than this thing.
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      For a basic car, its not a bad little beast - Tho I think I like the Dacia better
      Freereader
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Lada Samara started to produce in 1984, not in 1997 (Lada 110 began its production in 1997, or now known as Priora).
      bash125
      • 3 Years Ago
      I for one would like the option of buying a rugged simple new car that doesnt cost a fortune but they are pretty much non- existant in the US. The Ford Ranger is pretty much the last and its on it death bed (Aveo or Versa isnt that rugged of a car in my mind)
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Walter Genevrier
      • 3 Years Ago
      Designed by Dacia ?
        Matt Eisen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Walter Genevrier
        I don't see why people are downvoting you... do they know that the French own Dacia and 25% of AvtoVAZ?
      Patric Mears
      • 3 Years Ago
      Suddenly, it's 1991!
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      The main photo of the front of the red sedan reminds me of an early '90s Tempo or Topaz, but Mazel Tov to them for their new model, lol!
        john92lx91gls
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Being the owner of both a 1992 Tempo LX (3.0L V6) and a 1991 Tempo GLS (2.3L HO/5-speed), I'll keep my Fords, thanks! :)
          onewayroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @john92lx91gls
          I've said before to someone else, but I'm giving you a big Thumb's up for admitting you owned not one but two Ford Tempo's.
          artandcolour2010
          • 3 Years Ago
          @john92lx91gls
          my comment was in no way meant to be derogatory of the Fords! I just meant the styling seemed derivative of the American '90s. Congrats on your Tempi!
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