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by Tim Beissmann

The Datsun Mi-Do is the newest addition to the born-again budget brand’s line-up, with the city car making its international debut at the Moscow motor show overnight.

The five-door Mi-Do hatchback is based on the compact On-Do sedan that was revealed in April.

The pair shares the same 2476mm wheelbase and front-wheel-drive layout. Both are 1500mm tall and 1700mm wide, though the hatch is 387mm shorter from nose to tail “to emphasise its driving dynamics”, Datsun says.

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The Mi-Do is powered by a 65kW version of the company’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, and is available with five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmission options.

It features the brand’s now-signature styling, incorporating Datsun’s hexagonal ‘D-Cut’ grille flanked by swept, angular headlights. At the rear, clear-lens tail-lights sit either side of the tailgate and extend up the D-pillars.

A large colour touchscreen dominates the Mi-Do’s clean, simple dashboard, which mirrors that of the On-Do.

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Driver and passenger airbags and ABS are standard, along with heated seats and door mirrors.

The Mi-Do (Datsun explains ‘Do’ is the Japanese word for ‘moving’, while ‘Mi’ sounds like the English word ‘me’) will be released in Russia early next year.

It becomes the fourth model in Datsun’s 21st century model line, joining the On-Do, Go micro car and Go+ MPV.

Datsun parent company Nissan has no plans to re-introduce Datsun to Australia, with the brand intended only for developing markets at this stage.




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