Based on the new CMF-A platform.
Speaking to Reuters, Guillame Sicard, president for Nissan India, said that the Datsun 'I2' will have a 'cost-effective positioning', and that a launch will take place within 18 months.
'I2' is codename for Datsun's forthcoming model which will be its smallest and most affordable yet. It will slot below the Datsun Go, and will be underpinned by the new Renault-Nissan developed CMF-A platform.
The small car is expected to be inspired by the Datsun Redi-Go concept in terms of design. Having been designed and engineered in India, the car would come with lighter materials and fewer components keeping costs in check.
Even prior to its launch, Renault will introduce the CMF-A platform in India with its small car codenamed 'XBA'. Expected to have its market introduction by June this year, the XBA is reported to be powered by an 800 cc petrol engine matched to manual and automated manual transmissions (AMT). The Datsun I2 would share its running gear with the XBA.
Both cars will roll out from the Alliance's plant in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The plant, apart from catering to local demand will also serve for export markets.
Rivals: Chevrolet Spark, Renault XBA, Maruti Alto, Hyundai Eon
Expected Price Range: INR 3-4 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Tentative Launch date: Within 18 months
[Source - Economic Times]