After introducing the on-Do sedan for the Russian market roughly four months ago, Datsun recently launched the mi-Do hatchback at the 2014 Moscow Motor Show.
The name of the car is a mixture of Japanese and Russian words. The word “mi” is a rough translation of “me” in Russian while “Do” means “moving” and also refers to a “way of doing things” in Japanese.
The mi-Do shares the same 2,476mm wheelbase and FWD layout of the on-Do, but it is shorter measuring only 3,950mm compared to the 4,337 length of the sedan. The front end of the car features Datsun's signature “D-cut” grille complimented by tapered headlights that run from the grille up to the side fenders.
Inside, heated seats come as standard and special attention was also given in sound deadening, to ensure wind, road and engine noise at a minimum. Also coming as standard are driver and passenger airbags and ABS.
Powering the mi-Do will be the 1.6-liter 8 valve engine that produces 87 PS. It is mated to a 5-speed manual, though an optional 4-speed automatic is viable as well.
Sales of the mi-Do will begin at around early 2015 while the on-Do will be available starting next month.