AvtoVAZ finds itself in a difficult position as a result of Renault’s decision to transfer the majority stake in the company that it currently has to the Central Research and Development Automobile and Engine Institute of Russia (NAMI). The production of automobiles was temporarily halted in Russia as a result of sanctions imposed in response to the conflict in Ukraine. Now that operations have been restarted, however, it is clear that the Granta is a mere shell of its former self as a result of the paucity of parts.
The Lada Granta Classic 2022 does not come equipped with several of the standard and necessary safety measures that have been standard in recent decades. Automotive News reports that the compact vehicle won’t have standard safety features like anti-lock brakes or airbags when it rolls off the assembly line. In addition to that, it does not have a pretensioner seat belt system or an electronic stability control system.
Furthermore, the vehicle’s 90-horsepower, normally aspirated 1.6-liter mill no longer fulfills Euro 5 rules, making the already terrible situation worse. We’ll remind you that those regulations went into force in 1996, and although automakers are getting ready for Euro 7, the Granta is still operating under older regulations.
The Granta is “multimedia ready with four speakers,” which means that you will need to plug in your own head unit. This information was included in the official press release. In fact, it is equipped with a trip computer and central locking, in addition to power front windows, folding heated mirrors, and heated mirrors themselves. The automobile is available in sedan, liftback, and wagon body styles, and it rides on steel wheels measuring 14 inches in diameter as standard equipment. In the near future, an alloy wheel set measuring 15 inches in diameter will be available as an option.
The stripped-down version of Granta is, of course, much cheaper than the full version that was available before. The price has been reduced by 103,000 rubles, which is equivalent to €1,775 or $1,875 based on the current exchange rate. The price now begins at 658,300 rubles, which is equivalent to €11,165 or $12,000, when the trade-in program and Lada’s own financial credit program are both taken into account. The decreased asking price makes it the cheapest new car you can purchase in Russia today.
Other AvtoVAZ models, notably the 45-year-old Lada Niva off-roader, may follow suit.