Sunday, 2 February 2014
Datsun budget sedan seen without camo in Russia
An undisguised Datsun sedan was spotted somewhere in Russia, ahead of a very possible launch later this year.
Details about the low-cost Datsun sedan are not available at this point but it is believed the model will be based on the Lada Granta which is actually based on the Lada Kalina. This platform was created by Renault in collaboration with Russian carmaker AvtoVAZ and was likely used for this sedan which will reportedly receive a hatchback derivative late this year.
It will be offered exclusively with a 1.2-liter engine linked to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The exterior design closely mirrors the Micra, while inside the typical glovebox has been replaced by a space under the dashboard. Datsun moved the handbrake and gear lever to the dashboard as a method to free up space between the front seats. They also borrowed the Micra’s door handles and AC vents.
Production of the Datsun sedan will take place in Russia and order books will allegedly open in April. The aforementioned five-door hatchback will likely be unveiled in August at the Moscow Motor Show.
Source : Al Ain Japan