Nissan has teased an image of a new Datsun to be revealed at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.
Showing just a rendering of the headlight, foglamp, and part of the grille, the image does not reveal much, but Indian Autos Blog suggests that it could be a compact crossover. The protruding foglamp surround, large chrome grille surround, and just a hint of body cladding over the front wheel well certainly all seem to point in that direction.
There is a chance the car will be a close-to-production version of the Datsun I2, a Subaru Outback-ified version — meaning slightly taller ride height and some “adventure” body cladding — of the Datsun Go subcompact.
IAB also reports that it will likely be built upon the Renault-Nissan CMF-A platform, which underpins the Renault Kwid. The Common Module Family architecture is similar to that of VW’s MQB, in which floorpans, engine bays, rear underbodies and cabins can be mixed and matched depending on the vehicle. CMF-A applies to the smallest of entry-level vehicles. However, the I2′s interior and engine are both expected to be different from that of the Kwid.
The Datsun I2 is scheduled for a launch at India’s Auto Expo 2016 next February and will be the revived marque’s third model.