Nissan’s much hyped foray into the low-cost car segment hasn’t really brought the automaker big dividends in India. All cars that the Datsun brand sells – the Go, Go+ and RediGO – are not big sellers, leaving the brand with less than 2 % of market share. To boost this, the brand will bring in a compact SUV to rival the Maruti Brezza in 2019 or beyond. In the immediate future though, there will be three new Datsun cars – the facelifted versions of the Go hatchback and the Go+ station wagon, and a special edition model of the RediGO.
Thomas Keuhl, president of Nissan’s Indian operations, had this to say about these launches,
“We have a special version of the Redigo coming in during the festival time. I’m very positive that, with the things we are doing with the Redigo and the successor model, we will have a major impact in the segment.”
Notably, Datsun has already launched the facelifted versions of the Go and Go+ on the Indonesian car market. This does give us a fair idea on what to expect on the India-spec facelifts of these cars. Key changes on both cars are likely to include revised styling at the front and rear, a new touchscreen infotainment unit on the dashboard, new front seats, safety features such as ABS and twin airbags, and electronic stability control. If all these features do make it to the India-spec Datsun Go and Go+, they are bound to make these low-cost cars a lot more appealing to prospective buyers.
As for the engine and gearbox, the 1.2 litre HR12DE, 3-cylinder petrol with 67 Bhp and 104 Nm is expected to be carried over unchanged, along with a 5 speed manual gearbox. A CVT automatic gearbox, although offered on these cars sold in Indonesia, could prove too expensive for India, and is expected to be given a miss.
As for the special edition Datsun RediGO, expect a few stylistic tweaks and an additional feature or two. Mechanically, the RediGO will be unchanged, with 800cc and 1 litre petrol engine options on offer. Both engines will continue with 5 speed manual gearboxes, and a 5 speed AMT option on the larger engine.