With no signs of slowing down, the Lada Niva Bronto has been revealed as a new flagship offering that adds appeal to the heritage 4×4 which has been in production since 1977. Bearing all options fitted, this new trim aims to add aspirational appeal to the roughed off-roader.
The Lada Niva Bronto is based off the three-door configuration and available in in Luxe and Prestige trims. Fitted as standard are key features such as air conditioning and heated seats and mirrors. With the Luxe trim, metal bumpers, roof rails, wheel arch extensions and 15-inch wheels with multi-terrain tyres are included while the more premium Prestige package adds a unique radiator grille, big plastic bumpers with integrated fog lamps, an anti-scuff plate and plastic wheel arch lining.
Further options such as a roof-mounted light bar and special camouflage paint are available for the Lada Niva Bronto, catering to those who want an even more conclusive ownership experience.
Within the cabin is a new instrument panel with an updated climate control system, seats with improved comfort, an Era-GLONASS GPS system, improved noise and vibration insulation and several other technical improvements.
The Russian brand states that the Lada Niva Bronto’s uncompromising cross-country ability is assured thanks to a unique all-wheel drive system with locking front and rear differentials and reinforcements for the suspension and rear axle.
Under the bonnet remains the brand’s naturally aspirated 1,7-litre four-cylinder eight-valve petrol engine which produces 83 kW and 129 N.m of torque. Using this with a five-speed manual gearbox, it sprints from 0-100 km/h in 17 seconds and will reach a top speed of 142 km/h.
In 2017, the Niva was given a 40th anniversary edition with a number of unique trims to celebrate its success. The Russian 4×4 was made available to the South African market in the 1980s with a price tag of R29 500.