Russian auto manufacturer Lada is well known in the 4×4 world for their little Niva that has proved itself over the decades as a tough little offroader although very basic.
Well the brand is now part of the Renaul t- Nissan Alliance and has shown it intends to keep up with the SUV market by unveiling the new XCODE concept.
Helped with British auto designer Steve Mattin, formerly of Mercedes and Volvo, Lada says the XCODE has been created “within the framework of the design DNA that has already been successfully implemented in production vehicles Vesta and XRAY”. These two models – a saloon and an SUV respectively, have been part of a major product offensive by Lada. The company makes extensive use of the Renault-Nissan B0 platform, the same architecture that underpins everything from theNissan Juke to the Dacia Duster.
It’s likely that Xcode is also based on the B0 framework, although Lada has not provided any dimensions or technical specifications, beyond suggesting that it could use turbocharged engines and offer four wheel drive. It’s most likely to be developed as a more expensive sister vehicle to the XRAY SUV, which entered production earlier this year.
Inside, there’s a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster. Lada says the vehicle would interact with its Lada Connect smartphone app, which can do everything from opening the vehicle and switching on the heating to displaying diagnostic information and warning of impending faults.