The Lada Niva Bronto Desperately Wants To Be A Jeep

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We all know "There's Only One."

The Jeep Wrangler has new competition and it's called the Ford Bronco. That's not a bad thing. This new rivalry will force Jeep to make the Wrangler even better and it's already one spectacular off-roader. We can hardly wait.

But there's another off-road SUV out there that thinks it's a Wrangler (or even a Bronco) rival even though it isn't. Not even close. And - big shock! - it hails from Russia. The Lada Niva Bronto, based on the Niva Legend, was refreshed earlier this year with a more utilitarian look like 15-inch wheels and metal bumpers, side sills protection, beefier bumpers, fog lamps, restyled radiator, and wheel arches.

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It can even be equipped with an LED light bar on the roof. Does it look the part of an off-roader? Yes. But, Lada's new marketing campaign, sampled in the video above, gives the impression the little SUV is just as capable as a Jeep.

The Wrangler comes standard with a naturally aspirated V6 with 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Lada? A 1.7-liter NA four-cylinder good for only 83 hp and 95 lb-ft of twist. In reality, it's more of a Suzuki Jimny competitor. We'd still take the Jimny.

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Sources indicate the next generation Niva Bronto will debut sometime in 2024 and is expected to come powered by a Renault-sourced 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. That's still not good enough to play at the Wrangler's level, but the Lada is also relatively inexpensive. Prices begin at just under $13,000 (about 918,000 rubles) whereas the cheapest new Wrangler Sport costs $29,725.

Bear in mind Jeeps are imported to Mother Russia and, therefore, they can cost quite a bit more. The Niva Bronto offers a far less expensive alternative and we can totally understand why it's popular there along with some eastern European markets. But here in America, it'd never stand a chance.

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