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by Tim Beissmann

Datsun has released a sketch of its cut-price compact sedan developed specifically for the Russian market.

The all-new model, to be unveiled in Moscow on April 4, represents the official introduction of the Nissan-owned budget brand to Russia. Datsun says its launch into Russia is significant for the global expansion of the brand, identifying it as a key market that offers great growth potential.

The unnamed city sedan will become the third production car from the reborn Japanese brand, following the pint-sized Datsun Go hatchback designed for India and the Datsun Go+ people-mover for Indonesia.

Designed in Japan and developed by a team of international engineers, the new model follows the design language of the previous two (and the Redi-Go SUV concept that debuted at last month’s Delhi auto expo) and claims to incorporate the brand’s principles of “accessibility, reliability and durability”.

There’s no word on the sedan’s powertrain at this stage. Both the Go and Go+ feature a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels.

Datsun will expand to a fourth country, South Africa, before the end of the year, but Nissan has no plans of reintroducing the budget brand to Australia.

Stay tuned for more details on the new Datsun sedan in the coming weeks.




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