The Datsun mi-DO has been unveiled at the ongoing Moscow motor show – it’s essentially a hatchback version of the Datsun on-DO, which is a sedan based on a Lada platform. Parallels may now be drawn between Datsuns on-DO/mi-DO and Ladas Granta/Kalina.
Measuring 3,950 mm long, 1,700 mm wide and 1,500 mm tall, the mi-DO hatch is 387 mm shorter than the on-DO sedan. Width, height and wheelbase are shared between the two, as is the interior, although we see a neat touch-screen-like display on the centre stack.
Their faces are slightly different as well – front bumper and headlamps are more angular, the latter looking quite Audi-ish and featuring projectors. Round the back, you’ll see unique d-shaped tail lamps with clear lenses on top. More coherent-looking overall than the sedan, we think.
As on the on-DO sedan, a 1.6 litre petrol engine feeds 87 hp to the front wheels through a five-speed manual or optional four-speed auto. ABS, two airbags, heated seats and heated door mirrors.
There’s visibly less boot space than you get in the sedan, but the rear seats – besides being able to fold, the seat bases can be tumbled forwards, so presumably the seats can fold flat to be flush with the boot floor.
Engineered and built in Russia, the mi-DO is set to go on sale there next year. Meanwhile, the on-DO sedan, which debuted in April, has received more than 2,000 enquiries since order-taking began in July.