First of all, take the epithet "new" with caution. This is a classic for whom reliability and robustness are important. However, this is a drastic departure from everything so far. And that wasn't much, so the Niva started with a 1.6 petrol carburetor, then got a 1.7 engine with several upgrades, and now gets a 1.8 unit as well.
According to Index.hr, this is a 1.8 engine known from Lada Vesta. The classic atmosphere gives 122 hp and 170 Nm of torque, significantly more than 1.7 engines, and it will be installed in the Niva by the company Super-Auto, also from Togliatti. The engine is located longitudinally, and the list of changes included the clutch, cooling system and exhaust. It is expected that Lada will now be significantly more starting, so it could reach 100 km / h in 12 to 13 seconds, writes Lada Online.
It is also known that 300 copies of the Niva Legend with a 1.8 engine will be produced annually, and the starting price is still an acceptable 14,000 euros.