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The Lada XRAY is a crossover car produced by the Russian car manufacturer AvtoVAZ. Designed by the team of Steve Mattin, the chief designer of the Lada Vesta, it was first presented as a concept in August 2012 at the Moscow International Automobile Salon. A newer version, the Lada XRAY Concept 2, debuted in August 2014. The Lada XRAY was released for sales in early 2016.
Lada XRAY Wikipedia
The prototype was produced by Vercarmodel Saro in Italy, at a cost of $1,000,000. The crossover receives an equally edgy styling complete with a leather coated seating arrangement, along with a futuristic dashboard and infotainment system. It has a stylish exterior, featuring a pair of long and thin headlights. The front grille looks almost like an “X” when you look at it.
AutoVAZ hopes that Mattin's expertise will bring the brand to the forefront of the Russian market beginning with their all-new concept.
The name has two meanings: as an X-Ray (a form of electromagnetic radiation) and as an abbreviation (X - crossover class, Recreation, Activity, Youth).
According to Justin Cupler of TopSpeed, AvtoVAZ kept its Lada XRAY SUV under "such tight lock and key that it took all of us aback when it was debuted at the Moscow Motor Show". It was mentioned that Lada XRAY’s cabin also continues the progressive design of the exterior.
The Lada XRAY debuted in August 2014 at the Moscow International Automobile Salon as a concept. The car was created on the basis of the Dacia Sandero hatchback produced by Automobile Dacia, subsidiary of the Renault–Nissan Alliance which has control over AvtoVAZ, but features an original design, engines, gearboxes and various options, unavailable for the Sandero in the Russian market.
It went into production in December 2015. Lada XRAY is the first compact city crossover in the company’s history. The car’s design is based on the Dacia B0 platform and is the result of Renault’s and AVTOVAZ’s specialists. Production started on December 2015 in full compliance with schedule previously announced by the company. It is produced at Togliatti manufacturing site. Starts of sales was held on February 14, 2016. LADA XRAY is available in 7 trim-levels.
The Lada XRAY comes with a 1.6-liter 106 PS (78 kW) or 1.8-liter 122 PS (90 kW) petrol engines, a 5-speed automated manual gearbox is available as an option for the 1.8-liter version. The 1.6-liter Renault-Nissan HR16 petrol engine (110 HP, 81 kW) was discontinued from the range in July 2016.
The first car body was assembled in Togliatti in October 2015 for testing, whereas the actual production of market vehicles started in December 2015. The first XRAYs appeared in the Russian market on 14 February 2016.