It was almost like sitting next to the prettiest girl in school, the one who got all the attention. Datsun’s 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) booth was located opposite Mitsubishi’s, and the latter’s Expander drew in hordes of people wanting to try the new Low MPV out for size.

It didn’t help that there were no new Datsuns on display. The Datsun Go budget hatchback is a couple of years old now, and it could benefit from a facelift or a new edition. The Datsun Go Live concept on the stand is probably not a preview of such a car, but a suggestion that the Go is a good canvas for customisation, which is big in Indonesia.

“If the Go Live could be summed up in a single word, it would be ‘freestyle’. The car reflects the fun, expressive and liberating attitude that Indonesian car enthusiasts have toward their vehicles. Jakarta is such an exciting place, and we wanted to capture the power and passion of the city with this car,” said Kei Kyu, Datsun’s executive design director.

The concept car is very youthful – its camouflage-style paint scheme is based on colors and patterns used in today’s fashion, and the bright yellow accents make the car stand out. The face is characterised by a large, bold hexagonal grille and slim, canted headlights. Bulging fender flares with 17-inch wheels give the hatch a wide stance. There’s also a big rear wing and sculpted bumpers that match the front item in design.

“While this exciting vehicle is mainly a styling exercise – something that hints at the design language of future Datsun models – it’s really something that serves as a valuable partner for the owner and celebrates his or her individual tastes and lifestyle,” Kyu added.

The Datsun Go is powered by a 1.2 litre four-cylinder engine with 68 PS and 104 Nm of torque. The HR12DE is linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. The Daihatsu Ayla/Toyota Agya rival is priced from Rp 112,900,000 (RM36,305) in Indonesia.