Snapshot: The Datsun Go hatchback is days away from an India debut. The car – based on the Nissan Micra’s V platform – is a low cost offering aimed at entry level hatchback buyers seeking to buy their first cars. The Go will also be the first car under Nissan’s resurrected low cost Datsun brand. The production of the Go has already begun at Renault-Nissan’s joint manufacturing factory at Oragadam, off Chennai. While the bookings of the Go are already on, deliveries of the car will begin soon after the launch. Although a low cost offering, the Go comes with a handy set of features that make it an interesting option for the budget hatchback buyer. CarToq lists out eight good bits about the Datsun Go.
Large dimensions + Spacious interiors
Make no mistake, the Datsun Go hatchback is a small car aimed at the likes of the Hyundai Eon and the Maruti Alto 800. However, underpinned by the Nissan Micra’s V platform has meant that the Datsun Go comes with generous proportions that bests cars in the sub-4 lakh rupee price point. Also, the larger outer dimensions translate into spacious interiors, bettering those of pricier cars such as the Maruti WagonR and the Hyundai i10. With the Datsun Go, you get plenty of real estate for little money. The car is likely to be priced in the 3-4 lakh rupees bracket.
Light and fuel efficient
Large doesn’t mean heavy. Nissan’s expansive value engineering drive – a euphemism for cost cutting – sees the Datsun Go weigh in at a light 769 kilograms. To put things into perspective, this kerb weight of the Go is lower than that of the WagonR and the i10, but higher than that of the Alto 800 and Eon. Not bad for its dimensions, eh? The light kerb weight of the Datsun Go will come to the fore at the fuel station. The Go’s fuel efficiency is ARAI rated at 20.6 Kmpl, a figure better than that of the, WagonRand the i10 but lower than the Alto 800 and Eon.
Powerful 1.2 liter petrol engine
While the Datsun Go’s direct competitors use 3 cylinder petrol motors displacing 0.8 liters, the Datsun’s motor displaces 1.2 liters, a full 50 % more than what the Eon and Alto 800 manage. The additional capacity makes for better performance throughout the rev range despite Nissan gearing the Go tall from the 2nd through the 5th gears. In the interests of quick starts from traffic lights, the first gear is a shortie. The motor outputs 67 Bhp of peak power and 104 Nm of peak torque.
Practical dashboard mounted gear-handbrake and front seat design
The front seat of the Datsun Go features a unique design, what with the gearshift and handbrake moving to the car’s dashboard. The rectangular squab between the car’s front bucket seats can accommodate a child, albeit unsafely. However, the design isn’t meant for that. Rather, the joint seat design will ensure that getting in and out of the Go in tight parking spaces will be a breeze.
Speed sensitive wipers and follow-me-home headlamps
The wiper on the Go is a single unit that doesn’t do a particularly great job when it pours. However, Nissan has given the wiper a speed sensitive design that is a thoughtful touch. Follow-me-home headlamps induce a feeling of premium-ness to what is otherwise a car built to a strict budget.
Digital readouts in the instrumentation cluster
The instrumentation cluster of the Datsun Go is information packed, with stuff ranging from the tachometer to the instant fuel efficiency readout integrated into the digital display section. These features make the Datsun Go a more rounded car.
Class leading boot
With a boot measuring 265 liters, the Datsun Go shames much pricier hatchbacks in terms of the space offered for luggage. Living with the Datsun Go in the longer term will be easier, especially with the occasional railway station and airport trips thrown in.
2 years – unlimited kilometers warranty
Realizing that Datsun is a virtually unknown name in India, a car market that’s dominated by the Marutis and Hyunda, especially in the budget segments, Nissan has endowed the Go with a 2 year-unlimited mileage warranty that should give prospective customers an additional dose of mental comfort. The warranty offered on the Go is best-in-class.