FRANKFURT – Russian Lada-maker OAO AvtoVAZ is mulling the production of a diesel version of its new model Kalina that would be powered by an engine sourced from PSA Peugeot Citroen.

"We are testing the Kalina with a 1.4L Peugeot diesel," Vladimir Guba, head of AvtoVAZ's development department, says at the auto show here.

Vladimir Kuchay, AvtoVAZ's vice president-sales, marketing and aftersales, says the decision will depend on the price.

If AvtoVAZ does go ahead with the new Peugeot-diesel model, it would be for export markets only. In the past, Lada models powered by Peugeot diesel engines were sold in some export markets

Lada Kalina

The Kalina sedan, which is being shown here, already is sold in Russia. However, Kuchay says the first Kalinas will not reach Lada dealers in Germany and other West European countries until next March.

AvtoVAZ also is displaying the Kalina hatchback at its stand, which will be the second car in the Kalina model range.

There also are plans for a car smaller than a Kalina. "We have already built a prototype," says Evgeny M. Lobanov, chief of AvtoVAZ's styling center.

He says the car will be 11.8 ft. (3.6 m) long. The new model, which will become the auto maker's entry-level model in the future, could be unveiled as a prototype next year. However, there is no exact timing for serial production yet.