It has been some donkey years since I last read about Russian carmaker, Lada. The last time I saw a Lada was in the early 1990s – my neighbour’s Samara model. Coming back to the topic of the blog, Lada has recently revealed the Granta, a replacement for the aging Samara which has been in production since 1997. The Granta was officially presented in Russia.
Lada says that the new Granta can be bought for the equivalent of USD 7500. Being a budget car, the equipment level is bare minimum – just think of those stuff that are required for a car to function, such as a steering wheel, four wheels and headlights. For an extra USD 1000, Lada is offering a superior trim level of the Granta, which comes with power steering and power windows and a sound system. I guess the chance of finding airbags and ABS brakes on the car are quite slim.
Powering the Granta is a 64bhp 1.6 liter lump with two valves per cylinder. However, Lada says that a 1.4 liter powerplant with more advanced four valves per cylinder technology will also be introduced. The word “advanced” here is relative in context. Four-valves-per-cylinder was a big deal in a small engine back in the early 1990s but is a given nowadays.
Lada will also develop a racing version of the Lada Granta for the World Touring Car Championship in order to promote the model.
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