March 19th, 2014 is a day when not one, not two but three new cars will go on sale in the Indian car market. Tomorrow will see the official launches of the Datsun Go hatchback, the Renault Fluence sedan facelift and the facelifted Volvo S80 luxury sedan. While the Datsun Go is aimed at the entry level car buyer whose options include the likes of the Maruti Alto 800 and the Hyundai Eon, the Fluence and the S80 facelifts will cater to well heeled luxury car buyers. CarToq gives you a gist on what to expect from the three launches.
Datsun Go Hatchback
The Go hatchback is Nissan’s foray into the low cost car market. The car also represents the first offering from a resurrected Brand Datsun, which was announced a couple of years ago. The Go will feature a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder petrol engine borrowed from the Nissan Micra Active. A five speed manual gearbox will be standard.
Nissan will be banking on the Datsun Go’s spacious interiors and value price tag to wean away prospective buyers of the Alto and the Eon. The car’s starting price is likely to be pegged at the 3 lakh rupee mark with the top most variant retailing for under 4 lakh rupees. Click here and here for “Why To” and “Why Not To” buy the Datsun Go hatchback.
Renault Fluence Facelift
The Fluence facelift will go on sale tomorrow, with the car already unveiled at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. With prices also announced during the Auto Expo reveal of the latest Renault sedan, tomorrow will mark the day when the first customer deliveries begin. The 2014 Fluence will be a diesel-only car with the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine in the thick of things.
The 1.5 liter diesel motor outputs 108 Bhp-240 Nm on the Fluence Facelift. Torque transmission to the front wheels is by means of a 6 speed manual gearbox. The facelifted Fluence comes with revised looks, replete with a new front end, projector headlamps and revised alloy wheels. The interiors get a once over too, with added features and changes on the dashboard and instrumentation cluster. Click here to read more.
Volvo S80 Facelift
An Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series rival, the Volvo S80 Facelift represents the Scandinavian luxury saloon’s end of life makeover, before a new model based on the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) next year. The facelifted S80 gets a revised front grille, new alloy wheels, daytime running lights, and new front and rear bumpers. On the inside, the Sensus touch screen infotainment module gets internet connectivity as a major feature addition.
The instrumentation console of the S80 gets the Adaptive Digital Display. The leather seats get softer while the ambient lighting system is an all-new item. The car gets two turbo diesel engines, a 2 liter-5 cylinder D4 motor that’s good for 163 Bhp-400 Nm and a 2.4 liter-5 cylinder D5 motor that outputs 205 Bhp-440 Nm. Both engines get a 6 speed automatic gearbox as standard fare. The Volvo S80 is a import through the completely built unit route.