Snapshot: The Go hatchback is the first car from Nissan’s newly resurrected low cost car brand Datsun. While the car will officially be launched next month, with deliveries commencing soon after. pre-bookings for the Go hatchback have now been opened by Nissan India. Prospective buyers of the Datsun Go hatchback can now pre-book the car for a sum of 11,000 rupees. All variants of the Go hatchback will be petrol powered. Also, all variants of the Go will carry ex-showroom prices under 4 lakh rupees.
The Datsun Go hatchback is based on the Nissan Micra’s V platform. However, various parts of the Go, although shared with the Micra, have been “value engineered” keeping the low cost price in mind. In India’s auto industry, value engineering is a euphemism for cost cutting, where car parts are engineered with the primary aim of meeting stringent cost targets.
The petrol-only Go hatchback will be powered by a 1.2 liter HR12DE 3 cylinder engine. The motor will output 67 Bhp-104 Nm and be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. Said to weigh lower than the Nissan Micra, the Datsun Go manages an ARAI certified fuel efficiency rating of 20.6 Kmpl.
The Go will get a flat front seat, one that has the potential of squeezing in three adults, thereby making the hatchback a six seater. This segment first feature could be a big draw among cost-conscious prospective buyers. The Go will be sold and serviced through Nissan India’s existing chain of dealerships.
Datsun’s showcase at the 2014 Auto Expo in CarToq’s video reportage lined up,
The Go hatchback will be followed by the Go+, a 7 seat MPV that measures under 4 meters in length. Another Datsun car primed up for India is the production version of the Redi-Go tall boy hatchback. Both cars are lined up for 2015 launches. Click here to read more about Datsun’s plans for the Indian car market.