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The second model from relaunched Datsun is a seven-seat MPV, due on sale in 2014

The Datsun Go+ has been revealed, and will go on sale in Indonesian markets from next year.

Essentially an MPV version of the Go hatchback which relaunched the Japanese marque earlier this year, the Go+ will be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine as the hatchback. Also crossing over from the hatch is the five-speed manual gearbox, which sends power to the front axle.

The MPV also shares the same wheelbase as its smaller sibling, although its overall length has increased by 210mm to provide room for two additional passengers.

Inside, the Go+ follows the design of the Go hatchback almost exactly, also doing without a traditional AM/FM radio in favour of dedicated smartphone integration.

"With the return of the Datsun brand, we are changing mobility," said Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn "And we're ensuring greater access to the pride, independence and opportunities that car ownership provides."

The company has yet to announce official pricing for the model, but it is expected to command a premium over the £4400 asked for the hatchback. By comparison, a Tata Nano costs £1700.

The move to relaunch Datsun is believed to be part of Nissan's plans to cater for the budget end of the car market, in much the same vein as Renault is doing with its Dacia models.

Nissan says it hopes that the Datsun brand will account for half of its total sales in Indonesia by 2016, but has stated that there are no plans for the brand to come to Europe. The brand will however be rolled out to countries including India, Russia and South Africa.

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Bangbox 18 September 2013

Ghosts in the Machine

Were I to be in the back, I'd be rather scared of the two ghosts pictured haunting the front seats.

Bule Olly 18 September 2013

Indonesia NOT India

Autocar......are you getting confused between 2 entirely different countries? Indeed, Datsun is coming here to Indonesia but we don't use rupees here... India does! The currency is Rupiah. Currently Rp17,666 to £1 or Rp112 to Y1

For others saying there's no point knowing about this, maybe not but it'll be a boost for the world economy to some degree.

Lanehogger 17 September 2013

Why do so many budget cars

Why do so many budget cars have to have challenging looks? This one is no exception.