The Chevrolet Niva is reaching its second generation and the model has leaked in all its glory thanks to a couple of leaked patent office pictures.
General Motors presented the Niva concept way back during the summer of last year at the Moscow Motor Show, using the prototype to announce the imminence of a next-generation model. Now we also have the unofficial reveal of the production series model, courtesy of the Russian Federal Institute of Industrial Property. We can see the concept lines have roughly survived, save for the bits and pieces that made it into a show car – but at least most of the body lines and panels have survived. So, no black matte hue, roof rack with extra spare wheel, or the special headlights. No official information has been provided so far as to the powertrain option for the model, though Russian media reports of a 1.8 or 1.6 gasoline engine churning around 120 hp (88 kW).
The prototype used a naturally aspirated petrol 1.8-liter with 122 hp (90 kW) and the power was delivered using a 5-speed manual transmission to a locking differential, and an all-wheel drive system. We’ve also been tipped the official premiere of the model should be expected sometime next year. We might even push our luck and say it’s another summer release during the same Moscow Motor Show to complete the circle of life with the previewing concept.