Russia – Datsun confirms a crossover as third model

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Following the unveiling of the Datsun on-DO and the spotting of a test mule of the upcoming Datsun mi-DO, Datsun Russia’s head, Jerome Saigot, has confirmed that the third model would be a crossover.

Lada Niva 4x4 front three quarter press shot
Apart from pickup trucks, the Lada Niva 4×4 is the only SUV in Avtovaz’ lineup.

A report on kolesa.ru says that these 3 models will cover Datsun’s lineup in Russia for the next 3 years. While the 2 models mentioned above – Datsun on-DO and Datsun mi-DO – are both based on existing Avtovaz models – the Granta and Kalina respectively – it is still unknown if the upcoming Datsun crossover is based on an Avtovaz model.

The Russian company, now owned by Renault, has a few SUVs in its line up. While the Lada 4×4 Vis-234610 and the Vis-234600 are both pick up trucks, the Lada Niva is a 4×4 SUV. Avtovaz doesn’t possess any crossover models in its lineup.

Datsun Redi-Go at Auto Expo 2014
The Datsun redi-Go, based on the Renault-Nissan CMF-A platform, could be the third Datsun for Russia.

This makes it possible for the crossover in question to be based on the Datsun redi-Go concept shown at the Auto Expo 2014. Nissan, in a press release issued during the Auto Expo 2014, said “Combining five-door hatchback practicality with a rugged SUV stance, the Datsun redi-Go concept previews a potential small crossover for the Indian market.”

However, with a wheelbase of 2,350 mm and tiny overhangs, the redi-GO would have to be the world’s smallest crossover, if this is Datsun’s third product.

Datsun redi-Go – Image Gallery

[Source – kolesa.ru]

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