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Re: New Kick well Niva anyway..
I guess I should put in $0.02 on this one [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] essentially, these are the newest generation of the beast I drive.
drivetrain is a 1.8 MPFI, with an optional 2.0 MPFI available in russia. Only available transmision is a 5 speed manual, which is reportedly stronger than in older models ( they were fiat based, and blowing trannies was part of why I changed drivelines). t-case is a divorced, full time unit. IFS, live axle rear, coils all around. ( real coils, not struts) all components are built by Autovas, who trade under the 'Lada' badge in most countries...Niva is just the model name. I have it from a friend in Russia that they will NOT be coming to the N.American market, as smog, and airbag laws would require major changes. fwiw, the guys with Nias like mine who've driven these newer models have been less than impresed - the longer wheelbase, bigger ( and heavier) motor, and interior trim really screw up their off-road ability. only bonus is that some of the latest changes have smoothed out the driveline a bit for on-road use. ( all CV shafts, for example, no U joints at all)
and one last thought - I went down to the local Saturn dealership last week, and parked next to the new Vue's....while the 'Chevy Niva' as a model may not be coming to N.America, I'd say that the Vue is based very heavilly on the new Niva shell, but uses the European Opal driveline found on some Autovas works desert racing trucks.....