SUV Concept Lada XCode Brings Russian Brand Into 21st Century
|   Saturday, September 17, 2016
When we think of models created by the Russians from AvtoVAZ under the Lada brand squarish forms come to mind, namely the cars that the Russians continued to produce and buy a long time after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

This Curtain’s fall was a political event that left former Soviet markets open to Western models and that hurt the Russians. Well, now Lada begins to modernize and the first concept which announces the future design language of the brand was presented at the Moscow Auto Show.


Its name is Lada XCode and is a compact dimensions crossover SUV which will appear in the Lada range in a final series version by next year. With a front part dominated by an X made by chrome trim that highlights the personality of the car, (evolved from Lada XRAY model existing in the brand’s range), Lada XCode has an anniversary role too, because Lada celebrates in 2016 half a century of activity.

With a length of 4.32 meters, the Lada Xcode plays in the B segment, where beyond the Dacia Duster, and Renault Captur, it has to face strong competitors like Opel Mokka X or Mazda CX-3.

Presented at the Auto Show in Moscow, as a concept, the Lada Xcode has adopted the new design line of the brand from Togliatti, with distinctive features such as imposing front, furrowed by the edges which continue daringly, until the midpoint, and then break in the doors area, imitating the shape of a boomerang. Or the letter X, as advocated by Lada.

The ascending line of the side windows, in tandem with strong arched ceiling, creates the impression of a SUV coupe lifestyle. This idea is supported by the rear door handles, integrated into the top of the doors or its oversized aileron, which is almost common body with the C-pillars, as well as the sinuous rear lights, which bear a striking similarity to those found on the current Ford Focus.

From a technical standpoint, Lada Xcode is a Dacia Duster in Russian clothes, the platform being identical. But, for propulsion Lada chose an aspirated petrol engine with a displacement of 1.6 liters and 78 hp. As an option a four-wheel drive will be offered.
But the most interesting aspect is related to the fact that Lada launches on this occasion a smartphone application (Lada Connect) with which users can control a whole range of aspects of the car or the universe around them.

For example, it replaces the traditional key and can be used to lock and unlock the car, open the trunk and can even start or stop the engine remotely.
Additionally, the application notifies you if the car is suddenly hit or if someone tries to enter it. In conjunction with the GPS receiver, the app can tell you where you parked the car, and where is it if it was stolen. Last, but not least, the application allows self-diagnostics of technical problems, and the scheduling of service visits.
The serial version of the Xcode will have a starting price of 14,500 euros and will be launched in 2018.
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