This AutoVAZ model was first introduced to the public as a new concept at the international auto expo in 2012 being presented to the media by Steve Mattin – currently the designer in chief – whose team worked on the model. Before that he was involved in Mercedes, Volvo and Maybach production so inviting him to help Lada engineers EugeniyTkachev and Nikolay Suslov and take part in Lada XRay design at AutoVAZ factory in 2011 turned out to be a really wise move.
A bit of history
Having come at the cost of about 10 billion roubles, Lada XRay development can’t be called cheap. The expo MMAC model alone cost 1 million bucks which were transferred to Vercarmodel company. The first test batch of the model left the production line in the beginning of 2015 and on December, 15th Lada XRay production was officially launched. It is assembled on the same line with Almera and StepWay, which actually served as a prototype for the car. They even have the same clearance size of 195 mm. Starting February, 16th 2016 auto Lada XRay was available for purchasing with its retail price revealed only two weeks before the start of sales. Was it cheap? Not exactly, but it was cheaper than its main rival Renault SanderoStepWay which boosted the sales immediately.
Curious fact: Russian cars are generally less popular with Russians than imported ones, so in order to promote the new AutoVAZ model some of politicians purchased Lada XRay like the Mayor of Samara region where the factory of AutoVAZ is located. Not sure is they actually use those cars, but the trick worked and regular people also started buying the new model.
The name AutoVAZ chose for the new model can seem weird: why X-ray exactly? Well it turns out to be a sort of abbreviation: X stands for cross as in crossover, R – for recreational, A – for active, Y – for young. Was it planned this way or did someone come up with this idea later – we’ll never know. Car Lada XRay became the second – after Vesta – model with X-design which features X-like molding on both sides. But the touch of Renault-Nissan influence is seen not only in the exterior.
Lada XRay is available in 3 16-valve gasoline engine modifications:
- 106 hp, displacement volume 1.6 liter
- 110 hp, displacement volume 1.6 liter
- 122 hp, displacement volume 1.8 liter
The first two go with 5-level mechanical transmission exclusively, while the last one goes with a 5-level automatic robotic gear box. Lada XRay is currently front-driven, but a full-drive modification is being designed at the moment too and hopefully it will be launched in the end of 2017.
Depending on the engine type the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.9 to 11.4 seconds, and the maximum speed can vary from 186 to 176 km/h. The fuel consumption of the 106 hp engine makes 7.2 liters per 100 km for the mixed type of driving, while the 122 hp engine can boast 6.2 liters per 100 km.
The measurements of the vehicle are as follows:
- length 4165 mm
- width 1764 mm
- hight 1570 mm
- chassis 2592 mm
- weight 1190 kg
- trunk volume 361 liter
- truck volume with back seat folded 1207 liter
Lada XRay features independent front suspension of MacPherson type with antisway stabilizing bar and semi-independent wishbone spring rear suspension.
Basic Lada XRay configuration is equipped with two safety airbags, Era-Glonass emergency system, improved extreme braking ABS, dynamic stabilization and brakeforce distribution system and anti-skid and spin regulation with incline traction assistance. On top of that there’re other nice features like crank case protection, LED daytime running lights, car computer, adjustable multifunctional steering wheel, cabin air filter and slight window tinting.
Initially Lada Vesta and Lada XRay models were supposed to have 5year warranty when in 2015 Bo Andersson – AutoVAZ CEO – claimed that the factory had reached a higher production level by using modern parts and technologies in the manufacturing process. However, to cut the risks they changed their mind and went back to standard 3year or 100 thousand km warranty, which most models of Renault-Nissan alliance have.
Passive safety in cars is one of the most important criteria to pass crash tests successfully and Lada XRay car is well-equipped in these terms. The safety system proved to be reliable by multiple crash tests and that was no surprise: such system has been used in quite a lot of European vehicles by lots of car manufacturers like Renault, Nissan and Dacia for a long time.
To make sure you feel safe driving the car or just enjoying the ride, Lada XRay is equipped with:
- Both front and side airbags for the driver and the front seat passenger.
- Reliable baby car seat fixation.
- Three-point safety belts.
- Seat belt tensioners.
Lada XRayhas everything to pass Euro NCAP crash test successfully with all the active and passive safety systems working smoothly and providing all the necessary life and health protection as long as you stick to the driving rules and don’t ignore the belts. Lada XRay is determined to get 3 stars in this test which would be a great result especially for a car in this price segment.
Lada XRay Cross Concept
The difference between this model and its prototype is in the bumpers: the shape of the silver front moldings is a bit different and the shape of bumpers on the sides allows to make the X design more distinct. Vertical moldings attached to the doors create a line which visually lifts the car. It also has bigger wheels with 17 disks and bigger clearance. And of course protection should be both functional and eye-catching: bumpers, wheel arches and door sills both protect paint and lacquer and add style. The interior design is pretty lively and stylish with leather and plastic parts matching the color of the car on the outside. It can also boast leather wheel cover, armrests, comfy seats with an embossed logo and door sills.
The production of Lada XRay Cross Concept is supposed to be launched in 2018