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    AvtoVaz Speeds Up Work on Lada XRay SUV: Car to Hit Showrooms by Early 2016

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    Development is speeding along on Lada's new XRay SUV, with the car set to undergo extensive testing this summer in time for a full-scale rollout by early next year.

    Russian automotive news sites have reported that AvtoVaz has entered into the final stages of the development of the Lada XRay SUV.

    AvtoVaz announced Wednesday that the vehicle will feature three engines: a 1.6 liter, 106hp VAZ, a 1.6 liter, 114hp Renault H4MK built in Tolyatti, and a 1.8 liter, 123hp VAZ. The vehicle will offer Renault-designed standard and automatic transmissions.

    A concept of the XRay 2-door coupe, expected to be introduced shortly after the launch of the 4-door SUV.
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    A concept of the XRay 2-door coupe, expected to be introduced shortly after the launch of the 4-door SUV.

    Speaking with Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev late last week, XRay project director Oleg Grunenkov noted that the new design's production schedule has been accelerated. Grunenkov explained that the car will undergo testing throughout the spring and summer, while preparations for mass production take place in Tolyatti, and that the XRay will go on sale by the first quarter of 2016.

    A 'dummy' Renault Sandero with XRay aggregate components has been undergoing testing in Germany, while the first XRay will be assembled and rolled out for testing next week.

    British automotive designer Steve Mattin with his creation, the XRay.
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    British automotive designer Steve Mattin with his creation, the XRay.

    A second XRay will be rolled out in April for summer testing, including Euro NCAP standard crash testing.

    The new design, created in cooperation with AvtoVaz and Renault-Nissan on the B'0' platform, has been under development since August 2014; since then, AvtoVaz and Nissan have been working with Volzhsky Machine Building Plant on the required stamping equipment, which is expected to be delivered to Tolyatti in August.

    In late January, AvtoVaz had released a test batch of its other new design, the Lada Vesta sedan, which is expected to enter into serial production by September.

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