This has something: buy a car that costs only a fifth of a Porsche Cayenne, and the then drive away in the terrain. Some of those who really need a four-wheel drive will perhaps think about it. You can describe the technique of the Lada 4x4, formerly baptized Niva, as old and outdated, or estimate it as proven.
So entirely it's not true, of course. The pictures below should show this, the present a newly designed cockpit and other accessories. In addition, the rear has been changed and the engine got an injection system with Lambda control because of emissions laws.
Of course, the engine falls back in his willingness to performance against newer Lada products. Less torque at higher rpm with also higher displacement is not at all actually. Therefore, the installation of a newer Lada engine would already help to reduce the performance and consumption, for since the much more powerful Cayenne even beats it. 10/13