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Yet more on the next-gen Chevrolet Niva – the exterior of the series production unit has supposedly been revealed via patent images on the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property website. Rospatent, as it is better known as, is a Russian governmental agency in charge of intellectual property.

The SUV – essentially a competitor to the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Renault Captur – has previously been spotted in the metal, but was clad to the hilt when sighted undergoing road tests in Southern Europe back in June.

If the apparent patent images are the view of the real deal, then the second-gen Niva looks to be quite a snazzy thing indeed, confirming that suggested by spyshots that the production car is carrying over much of the external design cues seen on the Chevrolet Niva “vision concept” shown at the Moscow International Automobile Salon last August.

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Even though most of the accessories and huge wheels from the concept have been ditched, the new car wears a far sharper suit than the current one, which is an evolution of the Lada Niva. Built by GM-AvtoVAZ for the Russian market, the existing car is well showing its age, design-wise.

Previous reports have suggested that the new SUV will be equipped with a PSA-developed four-cylinder 1.8 litre petrol engine and a five-speed manual gearbox. The current Niva features a 1.7 litre mill.

The new Niva, which is designed by GM´s Ondrej Koromhaz, is expected to hit Russian showrooms in 2016, though the question remains as to whether GM will keep it Russia-centric or plonk in RHD and take it out to new, developing markets such as India and Indonesia. Time will tell.

GALLERY: Chevrolet Niva spyshots
GALLERY: Chevrolet Niva Concept from Moscow 2014