Lada’s long-awaited all-new models are entering the last stages of testing, as these spy shots reveal.
These two test cars are the new Vesta compact saloon and the ‘X-Ray’ compact SUV, both of which were revealed at the Moscow motor show last August.
With Russian car maker Avtovaz – owner of the Lada brand - now partly controlled by the Renault-Nissan Alliance, it has been able to use low-cost technology from the wider Renault-Nissan group.
The 4.4m-long Vesta saloon is based on the same budget platform as the recently launched Datsun Go supermini, while the new X-Ray SUV (the production name is yet to be confirmed) is said to be a relation of the successful Dacia Sandero Stepway crossover hatch.
Both cars have been styled by a newly assembled Lada team led by British ex-Volvo design boss Steve Mattin.
The Vesta is expected to be unveiled in showroom trim this September, followed by the X-Ray at the beginning of 2016.