A couple of weeks ago, Chevrolet released a pair of shadowy teaser images previewing a new Niva. And now, with its live reveal at the Moscow Motor Show looming over the next snow-capped mountain, the Bowtie brand has taken the wraps off the new concept.

Though details are scarce at the moment – the press release below (presented in the original Russian and in translated form) deals more with the European debut of the new Tahoe, but it's clear from the 35 images that the new Niva concept is meant more for driving off the road than on it. It's compact but packs all manner of off-road equipment like knobby BF Goodrich tires, a winch, snorkel, underbody cladding, tow hooks, integrated lamp guards, auxiliary lighting and a big roof rack. Underneath and behind all that equipment, however, we're looking at a fairly handsome shape with a familiar Chevy front end and a rear section that seems to borrow heavily from Mercedes-Benz.

Though the Niva (not to be confused with the Chevy Nova) is historically known as a Lada product, General Motors has been building its own version through a joint venture with the Russian parent company since 1998. This concept ostensibly previews its replacement.
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Премьеры Chevrolet на Московском международном автомобильном салоне 2014: Tahoe и Niva
2014-08-27

- Мировая премьера концепта Chevrolet Niva нового поколения
- Европейская премьера Chevrolet Tahoe

Москва. В рамках международного автомобильного салона 2014 года состоится долгожданная мировая премьера концепта Chevrolet Niva нового поколения, а также европейская премьера культового американского внедорожника Chevrolet Tahoe. Кроме уже известных в России моделей бренда, в ходе выставки будут представлены легендарный пикап Silverado, компактный кроссовер Tracker и средразмерный кроссовер Traverse.

Chevrolet Tahoe: новая жизнь легенды

Chevrolet Tahoe – это культовый внедорожник с более чем двадцатилетней историей. Его новое поколение – еще элегантнее, еще функциональнее и еще безопаснее.

Новый Tahoe оснащается мощным 6,2-литровым двигателем, а за счет изменений в дизайне, автомобиль стал значительно легче и приобрел лучшую аэродинамику, что позволило снизить уровень шума в салоне до минимума.

Полностью обновлена передняя светотехника и решетка радиатора, это сделало внешний вид Tahoe более «мускулистым» и вместе с тем элегантным. Изменился и интерьер: он получил абсолютно новую приборную панель, 8-дюймовый сенсорный экран бортовой мультимедиа-системы и объемные ниши, отлично подходящие для хранения ноутбука или iPad.

Главные отличия новой модели:
- Электрический усилитель рулевого управления
- Передние и задние дисковые тормоза Duralife™;
- Шестиступенчатая автоматическая коробка передач Hydra-Matic 6L80;
- Складные сиденья второго и третьего ряда;
- Электропривод задней двери с функцией регулировки по высоте;
- Большой, 8-дюймовый цветной сенсорный экран со встроенной системой MyLink, а также с новыми системами Text-to-Voice и Siri Eyes Free для iPhone.

Безопасность:

Каждая модель Tahoe предлагается с семью подушками безопасности в базовой комплектации, в том числе с центральной подушкой безопасности (единственная модель в сегменте) и боковыми подушками безопасности для защиты грудной клетки и таза водителя, а также переднего пассажира при боковом столкновении.

Кроме того, вместе с обновлённой моделью станут доступны следующие функции:
- Сиденья с системой Safety Alert, которые вибрируют, предупреждая водителя об опасной ситуации;
Адаптивный круиз-контроль с системой экстренного торможения;
- Система контроля «слепых зон», система оповещения о потенциальной угрозе лобового столкновения, а также система контроля дорожной полосы;
- Система электронного контроля устойчивости автомобиля (ESC);
- Камера заднего вида.

«С каждым годом растет спрос на внедорожники. Так, например, с 2009 года в России продажи SUV выросли почти на 200%. Стоит отметить, что во многом такая тенденция показывает качественное изменение уровня и образа жизни автолюбителей. Chevrolet, в свою очередь, старается следить за подобными изменениями на рынке и идти в ногу со временем, – говорит Александр Мигаль, управляющий директор Chevrolet Россия. На данный момент модельная линейка Chevrolet включает в себя широкий выбор внедорожников и кроссоверов. Сегодня мы с гордостью представляем два автомобиля, которые являются истинным воплощением американского характера и духа Chevrolet».

Начало продаж нового Chevrolet Tahoe запланировано на первую половину 2015 года.

О Chevrolet

Основанный в 1911 году в Детройте бренд Chevrolet - один из крупнейших автомобильных брендов в мире, ведущий операции более чем в 140 странах и продающий свыше 5 млн пассажирских автомобилей и легких грузовиков в год. Chevrolet предлагает клиентам экономичные автомобили, сочетающие в себе отличную динамику, выразительный дизайн и высокое качество.


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Chevrolet premieres at the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2014: Tahoe and Niva
08/27/2014

- The world premiere of the concept of a new generation of Chevrolet Niva
- European premiere of the Chevrolet Tahoe

Moscow . As part of the International Motor Show 2014 will be held on a long-awaited world premiere of the concept Chevrolet Niva a new generation, as well as the European premiere of iconic American SUV Chevrolet Tahoe. In addition to the famous Russian models of the brand, in the course of the exhibition will feature the legendary pickup Silverado, a compact crossover Tracker and sredrazmerny crossover Traverse.

Chevrolet Tahoe: rebirth legend

Chevrolet Tahoe - this iconic SUV with more than twenty-year history. Its new generation - more elegant, more functional and more secure.

The new Tahoe is equipped with a powerful 6.2-liter engine, but due to changes in design, the car has become much easier and acquired better aerodynamics, thus reducing the noise level in the cabin to a minimum.

Fully updated lighting fixtures and front grille, it did look Tahoe more "muscular" and at the same time elegant. Changed and interior: he got a completely new instrument panel, 8-inch touch screen multimedia system-board and volume niches that are perfect for storing a laptop or iPad.

The main differences of the new model:
- Electric power steering
- Front and rear disc brakes Duralife ™;
- A six-speed automatic transmission Hydra-Matic 6L80;
- Folding seats of the second and third row;
- Power tailgate with the function of the height adjustment;
- Large, 8-inch color touch screen with built-in MyLink, as well as new systems Text-to-Voice and Siri Eyes Free for the iPhone.

Safety:

Each model Tahoe is offered with seven airbags as standard, including the central airbag (the only model in the segment), and side airbags for thorax and pelvis of the driver and front passenger side impact.

In addition, together with the updated model will be available to the following functions:
- Seat system Safety Alert, which vibrate to warn the driver of dangerous situations;
- Adaptive cruise control with brake assist;
- The control system of "blind spots", the system will alert about the potential threat of a frontal collision, and traffic control system bandwidth;
- The electronic Vehicle Stability Control (ESC);
- Rear-view camera.

"Every year, the demand for SUVs. For example, since 2009 in the Russian SUV sales have increased by almost 200%. It is worth noting that in many ways this trend shows a qualitative change in the level and way of life of motorists. Chevrolet, in turn, tries to keep track of such changes on the market and to keep up with the times, - says Alexander Migal, Managing Director of Chevrolet Russia. Currently Chevrolet model line includes a wide range of SUVs and crossovers. Today we are proud to present two vehicles that are the true embodiment of the American character and spirit of Chevrolet ».

Home sales of the new Chevrolet Tahoe is scheduled for the first half of 2015.

About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit brand Chevrolet - one of the largest car brands in the world, with operations in more than 140 countries and selling more than 5 million passenger cars and light trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles, which combine excellent dynamics, expressive design and high quality.


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      Peter_G
      • 3 Months Ago

      No dash cam = not ready for Russia!

      GR
      • 3 Months Ago

      I'd say there is a void in the US market for compact, economical 4x4s given Suzuki left. The article on the new GV a few articles below also states that the upcoming GV is now a CUV with AWD instead of the true SUV with 4x4 it used to be. 

      If GM was to offer something like this, I think it may fill a void that Suzuki left as not everyone wants a Wrangler given they've gone up in size and price and aren't the most fuel efficient nor reliable things either. I'd be interested in a Wrangler if it was offered with a MT and a 4 cylinder diesel engine. It just seems like Jeep is not interested in offering that. 

      As a former offroader of a Sidekick, I'd sure be interested in some small 4x4 like this Chevy. 


        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Months Ago
        @GR

        If any automaker is seriously considering producing a compact 4X4 for the US market, I'm sure they want to see how well Jeep's Renegade will sell first. 

          GR
          • 3 Months Ago
          @jonnybimmer

          I agree somewhat, but the Renegade is more a CUV with promised above-average offroad chops. The Cherokee is even rated higher in offroad ability (by Jeep themselves) and that's riding on a Dodge Dart platform. 

          This Niva concept looks a lot more capable than a Renegade, but details on the 4x4 system, suspension, and platform are too scarce to determine how serious this Niva would be.

        360_AD
        • 3 Months Ago
        @GR

        You are right, however, given Suzuki never sold in high volumes I don't think there is enough of a business case for GM to offer anything like this in the US. Granted, Suzuki's failings can't all be attributed to their cars (lack of marketing), but that is not the sort of thing GM execs can make decisions on. The hard evidence suggest there is no such market for profits. The US market will continue to be drunk with CUVs and SUVs.

        Larry Litmanen
        • 3 Months Ago
        @GR

        "I'd be interested in a Wrangler if it was offered with a MT and a 4 cylinder diesel engine."------------Do you like invent this stuff or something. Dude almost no one buys manuals in USA, they make up like 2% of all cars sold (mostly to people who can not afford an automatic) and they almost do not exist in SUVs/CUVs. In USA companies right not can not sell diesel engines at the same price as gas ones and demand has been weak.


        So here you are saying you would buy a car that almost no one else in USA would buy. Wrangler with a manual and diesel probably would sell like 200 units a year. 

          Larry Litmanen
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen

          I am going by what i read from Automotive News in interviews they had with auto executives. I'll give you an example, you can get a manual only is cheaper versions of Accord because those people are price conscious. MT is not offered in a version that features luxury features.


          I am not saying enthusiasts don't buy MTs, i am simply stating an absolute FACT that enthusiasts are not a significant group of people, that Jeep describes in earlier comment would not sell to the public at large because almost no one cares or wants to buy a manual. My point was why say i'd buy a car from Jeep that you know Jeep will never build.

          Tom
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen

          "Dude almost no one buys manuals in USA, they make up like 2% of all cars sold (mostly to people who can not afford an automatic)".  That's the most lame excuse I heard.  People buy manuals, because they want.  Most people today do not know how to use a third pedal.

          GR
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen

          Larry,

          You miss the point of a car like this. While I agree with some generalizations you make about the public's disinterest with MTs, this sort of car is not for "most drivers". A car like the Wrangler or this compact 4x4 is for those interested in offroading. The safe assumption is then that these people are enthusiasts and enthusiasts tend to like MTs. 

          Case in point: As Autoblog reported on just a few days ago, Toyota in Japan is reviving the Land Cruiser 70. It's going to be a bare-bones offroad-intended SUV. Guess what? It will ONLY come in a 5 speed manual. Why do you think that is, Larry? It's because MTs are more robust and reliable and Toyota knows the kind of people who would go for something like this specialized vehicle would be enthusiasts who prefer a MT. 

          The reason I argue for a MT 4-banger diesel Wrangler is because despite the Wrangler's popularity, it's a one trick pony as a gas V6. It's not much good in road handling, fuel economy, reliability, safety, etc. While hardcore fans are willing to drive one as their one and only car, I'd want my daily to be more reliable and fuel efficient. MTs and diesel engines actually would make something like the Wrangler exactly that: More reliable and more efficient. This combination works for VWs. 

          Again, keep in mind that some car like a Wrangler or this Chevy concept is not for everyone and more intended for the offroad enthusiast. Enthusiasts want more choices and more control. The rest, for which you argue for, can drive their CVT AWDs to the mall. 

      PiCASSO
      • 3 Months Ago

      I like it... bring one to North America, please.

      M3EP
      • 3 Months Ago

      Perfect vehicle for invading small countries .


      Indubitably
      • 3 Months Ago


      How similar...


      http://image.trucktrend.com/f/features/news/2013/163_news130619_ford_ecosport_poisded_to_prolift_on_popularity_of_small_suvs/43360837/ford-ecosport-suv-front.jpg

      bofdem
      • 3 Months Ago

      too bad no more Western cars in Mother Russia.  PUTIN!

        username
        • 3 Months Ago
        @bofdem

        If it's built in Russia, It may still be legal regardless of where the badge calls home

      Dean Hammond
      • 3 Months Ago

      wow, plagerism central, google Ford Ecosport

        tylermars.design
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Dean Hammond

        Lmfao not even close......

          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Months Ago
          @tylermars.design

          We will beg to differ Tyler, but take away all the "bling" and that front end is VERY similar

        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Dean Hammond

        lights look damn near interchangable, grill is similar as is uppermost slit below the hood....Im not talking sides or rear, specifically front...its pretty close....

          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Dean Hammond

          hmmm, maybe IM not the one that needs an eye exam....lol....and I wasnt being critical....they both look good in my books, just eerily similar....

          skoobey
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Dean Hammond

          My comment exactly. Same face. Only the GM, ironically, has a much better interior. EcoSport is built in China and Brazil, and is truly a horrible vehicle, despite it's price.

      SquareFour
      • 3 Months Ago

      Gives the impression of being a lifted sub-compact, like a jacked-up Aveo or something. Weird.

      BipDBo
      • 3 Months Ago

      It looks like it may be a variant of the new Chevy Trax, available in the US next year.  Definitely with a taller stance, bigger tires, solid rear axle and a lot more off-road goodies.

      lne937s
      • 3 Months Ago

      As Avtovaz is majority owned by the Renault/Nissan Alliance and all their newer models are based on low-cost Renault/Dacia/Datsun mechanicals, I wonder which platform and engine this uses... Re-styled Dacia Sandero?

      icemilkcoffee
      • 3 Months Ago

      looks great. they should build this.

      CJ
      • 3 Months Ago

      Give it to me now!

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