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by Tim Beissmann

Budget Russian car maker Lada has previewed its new family of compact cars, unveiling a trio of concepts at the Moscow motor show overnight.

Front and centre on Lada’s stand is the sub-compact X-Ray SUV, compact Vesta sedan, and a World Touring Car Championship version of the Vesta.

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The third of the trio will be the first to arrive, with the low-slung, wide-body model set to go racing in next year’s WTCC.

It will be followed in September 2015 by the production version of the Vesta – a 4.4-metre rival for the likes of the Honda City. It’s based on a new modular platform that’s set to underpin a number of different variants and other models.

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The X-Ray will launch in early-2016, with a family of related variants also expected to follow. The crossover model is said to share much with the Dacia Sandero Stepway beneath its body.

The trio features Lada’s new design language developed by British stylist Steve Mattin, who spent almost 30 years at Mercedes-Benz and Volvo before shifting to the Russian company.

The Lada Vesta and X-Ray will be sold exclusively in Russia.

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