What appears to be the production version of the upcoming Lada X-Ray crossover has been photographed in the wild and this time around we get to see the complete picture as there is no camouflage in sight.
This particular Lada model has been long growing inside the automaker’s secret chambers, and was preceded by two studies – which is a great feat for a Russian automaker – back in 2012 and 2014. The production version looks to mirror closely its latest X-Ray 2 Concept with changes being scarce: we have some added graphics to the headlights, smaller – more affordable – wheels and reshaped taillights. These are easily understandable changes that make do without the flamboyance of a prototype that will never again see daylight in that particular form. Front and center we have the “X” styling, which also gives the name of the machine – a double grille flanked above by the massive lights and below by the rounded fog lamps. The side is characterized by two lines that emphasize the design and we can clearly see the increased ground clearance. The back is dominated by the horizontal wraparound tail lamp and plastic body protection reminds us of its crossover traits.
We also believe the source of the technical architecture is the Sandero platform – most likely in this instance the Sandero Stepway, with the model sold under Renault’s badge in Russia. Thus, under the hood the best guess is the 1.6 liter Renault-sourced petrol mill is the resident, delivering 114 hp and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The X-Ray could cost something like 500,000 – 600,000 rubles, and should complement the Lada Vesta sedan.