Now you know that I’m not usually fond of reviewing Communist cars, for a few simple reasons: as a rule, they are terrible vehicles (such as the Trabant) with some natable exceptions (like the Tatra 613). The second reason is that they don’t really change from year to year. Of course, the 2012 Lada Xray concept isn’t a Communist vehicle, because Soviet Russia no longer exists… hasn’t for a while now. It is, however, a car (or crossover) built in Russia, and with a few exceptions, they are more known for their crumbling and rusty infrastructure and industrial output than anything else. The thing is, if it wasn’t for that Lada badge, you could never tell that this car is from the same company that exported dangerous, rusting and rustic Fiat-derived vehicles for so many years. Of course, the fact that French automobile giant Renault owns 25% of Lada may have something to do with it.
Unfortunately, the XRay is not named such because of some fancy newfangled high-tech thingamajig, but rather for the X shape of its grille. Fair enough.
As you can see, the interior of the XRay is as modern as they come, and the upholstery is equally impressive, featuring the same X pattern as the front of the car, and similar hockey-stick patterns.
I think the rear of the 2012 Lada XRay concept is by far its best asset; rugged, clean, muscular without going overboard. Definitely a car I would drive. Note that it is far from clear that the XRay will ever see production in its current form. If it does, it’s likely it will have a relatively small engine, in no small part due to its French influence.