The first model in Datsun’s comeback will be a five-door hatchback that will cost as little as £3500.
Nissan is reviving the Datsun nameplate as a budget brand for Russian, Indonesian and Indian markets.
Autocar’s sister publication, Autocar India, reports that the new Datsun, codenamed K2, will be revealed by Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn in July before going on sale a year later. It will use the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engine from the Micra. No diesel is planned and it won’t come to the UK.
In terms of size, the Datsun will be almost as spacious as a Micra. According to the Datsun team, performance is expected to be far superior to the competition, while fuel efficiency will match the best in class because it will be much lighter than the Micra.
Nissan officials are cagey on the K2’s underpinnings, but it is understood to mix elements from both the old Micra and the current model. MacPherson strut suspension features at the front, with a torsion beam at the rear.
In India, the model will be aimed at the booming middle class. A big emphasis is being put on seat comfort. A sporty version is also in the works, Autocar India has learned.