The current Chevrolet Niva has been produced by GM and its Russian partner AvtoVAZ since 1998, so it’ll come as no surprise that a new model is finally on the horizon.
Teased ahead of an official debut in concept form at the Moscow Motor Show later this month, it appears the next-gen compact SUV will carry over the current Niva’s off-road focus.
As you can see in our brightened image, protective cladding, a snorkel and front skid plate join large winter tyres, plus there’s a bespoke roof rack complete with auxiliary lights and spare wheel (a second spare is mounted on the boot).
While not all of the concept’s rugged add-ons will reach production – at least not as standard – the sculpted flanks, high waistline and raised ride height look set to feature when the Niva arrives in 2016.
And, although it’s understood GM’s decision to axe Chevrolet in Europe won’t effect how the Niva is sold in Russia, if the 4x4 reaches these shores expect it to wear a different badge and even gain slightly revised styling.