As the Jeep Wrangler is to the US, the Lada Niva Is to Russia, and the automaker holds this model so dear to its heart since its debut over 40 years ago. Now AutoVaz (Lada) has updated the Niva for 2021 with a new Bronto trim level with improvements focused mainly inside the cabin.
The Lada Niva Bronto is available in two trim levels – Luxe and Prestige. The Luxe gets metal bumpers, rail, wheel arch extensions, and 15-inch wheels with all-terrain tires. The Prestige on the other hand comes with plastic bumpers, a redesigned grille, foglights, plastic wheel arch linings, and side sill protection. Optional equipment includes a light panel on the roof and a special camouflage paint, which sounds ideal for when you want to hide your Niva in the wild.
As mentioned before, the interior takes the chunk of the improvement which include a new instrument cluster, a modified centre console with new climate controls, new and more comfortable seats with heating function, and improved noise and vibration insulation. A few other small tweaks can be seen inside the cabin.
Under the hood, an ancient naturally aspirated 1.7-liter petrol engine producing 82 hp (61 kW / 83 PS) and 129 Nm (95 lb-ft) of torque. Like in all Niva variants, power is transmitted to all four wheels through a five-speed manual and a 4WD system. The more focused Bronto variant changes include front, rear self-locking differentials, a stronger real axle, and reinforced suspension with a 240 mm (9.4 inches) ground clearance.