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Lada 4x4 mini-motorhome brings Russian-grade adventure in tiny package

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Lux Form turns the Lada Bronto 4x4 into a rugged mini-camper for two
Lux Form turns the Lada Bronto 4x4 into a rugged mini-camper for two
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Lux Form turns the Lada Bronto 4x4 into a rugged mini-camper for two
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Lux Form turns the Lada Bronto 4x4 into a rugged mini-camper for two
The Bronto is the factory-built off-road-focused version of the Lada 4x4, originally called the Niva
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The Bronto is the factory-built off-road-focused version of the Lada 4x4, originally called the Niva
Upgrades on the Bronto include a reinforced suspension, raised ground clearance and underbody protection
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Upgrades on the Bronto include a reinforced suspension, raised ground clearance and underbody protection
Lada Bronto 4x4 utility vehicle
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Lada Bronto 4x4 utility vehicle
Lada Granta motorhome
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Lada Granta motorhome
Lux Form offers a rear bike carrier as an option
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Lux Form offers a rear bike carrier as an option
The Granta and Bronto motorhomes each include a modest kitchen with sink and available inbuilt single-burner
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The Granta and Bronto motorhomes each include a modest kitchen with sink and available inbuilt single-burner
The kitchen comes standard with a space for a fridge/freezer, and this 70L Dometic unit is available as an option
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The kitchen comes standard with a space for a fridge/freezer, and this 70L Dometic unit is available as an option
The wet bathroom comes with a cassette toilet, sink and shower
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The wet bathroom comes with a cassette toilet, sink and shower
The corner wet bath is connected to a wardrobe
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The corner wet bath is connected to a wardrobe
Look at the floor layout in the wet bathroom
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Look at the floor layout in the wet bathroom
At night, the bed expands out over top the dinette
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At night, the bed expands out over top the dinette
Double bed ready to sleep two
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Double bed ready to sleep two
The dinette seats three
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The dinette seats three
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When we picked out our list of agile 4x4 tiny motorhomes for escaping society, we homed in on motorhomes based on legendary and popular 4x4s around the US, UK and Australia, a process that left out some small, rugged alternatives from other markets, including the lovable Lada 4x4 (Niva). If you think this three-door 4WD hatchback too small to create an effective motorhome, Russian upfitter Lux Form proves you wrong by transforming it into a super-efficient, sub-5-m (16.4-ft) off-road mini-motorhome that sleeps two and includes a kitchen, bathroom and dinette. Lada builds it to ramble over uncivilized terrain ranging from rocky, knife-edged ridges to frosty expanses, and Lux Form ensures it provides a taste of civilization once parked.

Lux Form didn't reach for just any Lada 4x4 when creating its motorhome, it grabbed hold of the Bronto, the high-riding, factory-customized off-roader with 40-mm (1.6-in) lift, reinforced suspension bits, skid protection, and chunky, extra-wide tires absolutely craving a full meal of soft ground. The 4x4 Bronto comes powered by a humble 82-hp 1.7-liter inline-four, includes front and rear locking differentials and gear reduction, and looks something like this in the showroom:

The Bronto is the factory-built off-road-focused version of the Lada 4x4, originally called the Niva
The Bronto is the factory-built off-road-focused version of the Lada 4x4, originally called the Niva

Lux Form drops on its camper module to create an alcove motorhome that's smaller than many a camper van, measuring just 493 cm (194 in) long. The Bronto camper slides below the 515-cm (203-in) Bela Trendy 1 on the list of tiniest, cutest alcove mini-motorhomes we've seen.

Despite that small size, the Bronto camper packs everything an adventurous twosome needs to live on and off the road. Starting at the very front, the alcove bed expands to a 62 x 78-cm (58 x 198-cm) queen by pulling out over top the dinette below. That dinette comprises a double bench set across from a single bench, with a small, removable table between.

At night, the bed expands out over top the dinette
At night, the bed expands out over top the dinette

Moving back from the single-seat bench, the compact kitchen block packs in a stainless steel bowl sink, single-burner stove and tiny bit of countertop, with a 70L Dometic fridge/freezer keeping food chilled below. The motorhome entry is just behind the kitchen, near the rear corner. Across the aisle, tucked between the double bench and rear wall, stands the wet bathroom compartment with fiberglass sink, cassette toilet and shower. A closet attached to the front side of the bathroom offers storage space.

Look at the floor layout in the wet bathroom
Look at the floor layout in the wet bathroom

Lux Form adds in a full slate of amenities, including an air heater, water heater, 95Ah gel battery and Votronic control panel. Water is stored in a 70L tank.

A downside to building a motorhome on a vehicle as compact as the Bronto, the interior only rises to 61 in (156 cm), so all but the shortest of folks will find themselves hunching over while inside. But we reckon anyone piloting this type of off-road-centric camper rig will prefer spending more time outdoors, anyway.

German Russian vehicle importer Made In Russia announced availability of the 2020 Lux Form 4x4 Bronto motorhome in January. It sells three different interior configuration options, starting at a €29,990 (approx. US$32,725) shell that includes the door and window but no interior furniture or equipment. The €39,990 ($43,650) model packs an interior equipped more like the one above, with a few exceptions, including a smaller fridge and a portable single-burner camping stove in place of the optional inbuilt single-burner.

Lada Granta motorhome
Lada Granta motorhome

Those looking for something a little smoother over highway miles than the high, bumpy-tired Bronto can look at Lux Form's other Lada camper. Based on the Granta small car, this one strays from the usual motorhome truck or van face, though the Granta VIS-2349 chassis base is actually a truck chassis used for pickups and other trucks. It has a camper car look to it and is sure to handle about as well as you could ask from any alcove motorhome. The interior layout and equipment packages are the same as on the 4x4 Bronto motorhome, and starting price ranges between €24,990 ($27,275) for the shell to €33,990 ($37,100) for the fully-equipped version.

Source: Made In Russia, Lux Form (both German)

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5 comments
ljaques
Put some adventure in your trekking: Drive a Lada and never know if or when you'll get there! // Actually, this isn't a bad looking little rig. Smallish, good for one person.
ljaques
Oh, dear! A 2011 version of the base car shows 0-62mph at 16.3 seconds! I can imagine how spirited this thing would be with an additional half ton of camper on the back. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01ChfthA2DA
KaiserPingo
I've had two Niva's. I loved them and I'm open to get a Bronco version !
KaiserPingo
Driving a Niva/Bronco, yu can get around everywhere in all kinds of climate and terrain. It's rugged and easy to maintain and easy to service if something breaks down "in the middle of nowhere". I've had Landrovers and Geländewagens, but the one I miss, is the Niva.
ReservoirPup
Can't add much to what ljaques has mentioned: u get what u've paid 4