February 5, 2014: Datsun makes its comeback to the Indian automobile market with the new Datsun Go hatchback. The vehicle is ready to go on road by summer. The car features a 1.2 litre petrol engine which can also be seen in the Nissan Micra hatchback. It has a five speed manual transmission system. It comes with a dock station to connect to smartphones. The front comes with a honeycomb grill with enough chrome details throughout the door handles, front grille, etc. The sporty vehicle has an airbag for the driver but no passenger airbags are offered.
Datsun (DAT-GO), one of the oldest car manufacturing companies in the world was first started almost a century ago in the year 1914. Nissan's founding father has took over DAT-GO (DAT-Car) in the year 1933 with a vision of “mobility to all”. In early 1930's, Nissan changed the name to Datson from DAT-GO, which was later changed to Datsun. This company introduced this economical, lightweight yet resilient car to the automobile industry to meet the aspirations of young car enthusiasts. Datsun has gained the popularity with its Datsun 510 sedan and Datsun Fairlady roadster. After selling over a 20 million cars across 190 countries, Nissan had officially phased out the Datsun in the year 1986 from all the world automobile markets. Now once again, the Japanese multinational automobile company, Nissan has officially announced the return of this charming Datsun brand, which is the third global brand for the company alongside Nissan and Infinity. The company has officially unveiled the Datsun GO hatchback for Indian car market, which is expected to be reasonably priced under Rs. 4.0 lakh (ex showroom New Delhi). The company is expected to start selling this new hatchback in the early 2014, which is just about few more months away from now. This upcoming hatchback has already created a buzz around the Indian automobile market. Datsun GO is a low cost hatchback from Nissan which is expected to carry a performance packed 1.2-litre petrol engine, which is currently under the hood of the Nissan Micra Active. Rumors suggest that the Nissan could phase out the newly launched Nissan Micra Active model line up to make way for the upcoming Datsun GO hatchback series in the Indian automobile market. This hatchback will occupy the low cost four-wheeler segment in the country and will compete with the most successful car models like Hyundai i10, Maruti WagonR and many such other contenders. The company has not revealed the official launch date or the exact price of this hatch and there are no official announcements regarding the features as well as other specifications. The company has announced that this hatch will arrive as early as 2014, which could be in the month of either January or February. While unveiling Datsun GO hatch, the company has disclosed some of the details regarding the size of its engine and its dimensions. Also it said in a statement that this four-wheeler will carry a price tag of under Rs. 4.0 lakh , which should help the manufacturer to rise above the market competition.
Datsun GO has got a very attractive and next generation body design that will surely capture the attention of budget car buyers. From its frontage, it will look like a Volvo sedan and from rear, it has the cues of Nissan Micra. This four-wheeler is expected to receive 13 inch or 14 inch wheels fitted to its wheel arches . On the other hand, the interiors of this hatch is very decent unlike the rest of the four-wheelers in its segment. The company seems to have opted to remove some of the features inside the car in order price it under Rs. 4.0 lakh. However, it hasn't compromised on the important features in order to make it more competitive in the entry level segment. The company has designed this small car on an impressive wheelbase of about 2450mm, which should contribute for the creating more space inside the cabin hence providing better comforts for the passengers. Ultimately, this hatch is expected to create tough times for the industry leaders like MSIL and Hyundai in the coming year. This Datsun Go hatchback is expected to be sold from the same authorized dealerships, which are selling the Nissan cars. But there might be a specific place given to this new hatch with all frills and fancy items to promote it. All these and many more such information still has to be revealed, but at the same time there is a lot of curiosity among the populace as the tag 'low cost' is definitely going to attract a lot of attention from all walks of people in the country. What exactly the company is planning and what all is going to come integrated in this Datsun Go hatchback will be gradually known, till then its only a case of wait and watch for all the prospective buyers in the country.
Ed's Take: Nissan has worked on the fuel efficiency of the Datsun Go and it has a better figure than that of the Micra, as it lighter and even the engine has been detuned a bit.
As of now, there are no official figures regarding the mileage and fuel economy of the upcoming Datsun GO. However, as it coming with the 1.2-litre petrol trim manufactured by Nissan , we can expect that Datsun GO may come with an ability to return a healthy mileage in the range of about 19 Kmpl to 20 Kmpl. This upcoming hatch is expected to come with a lightweight body, which should further improve its fuel efficiency. The company is also expected to equip this hatchback with a proficient fuel supply system, which will also help in further boosting the fuel efficiency of this yet to be launched hatchback.
Ed's Take: Datsun Go has the same petrol engine of the Micra, however the mill has been detuned, and we don’t know the exact power at the moment.
Datsun, the global brand of Nissan has unveiled the Datsun GO for Indian market and announced that this low cost four-wheeler will carry a 1.2-litre petrol engine under its hood. It is believed that this 1.2-litre petrol motor will be the same, which is currently under the hood of the Nissan Micra Active hatchback model lineup. With this, we can expect that this engine will come with DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft) valve configuration with 12-valves and three cylinders, which is expected to produce close to 1198cc of displacement capacity. This engine could produce 67bhp of maximum power while yielding 104Nm of maximum torque output . Nissan's official portal has disclosed that the Datsun GO hatchback will be offered with a front wheel drive option and its engine will be paired to a proficient five speed manual transmission gearbox. Thus, we can expect it to be good at delivering an engaging driving experience while offering greater fuel economy.
Ed's Take: The acceleration should be competitive to competition and the Datsun Go could have similar acceleration to the Micra petrol version.
The company is said to have promised that its first ever model for this 21st Century, Datsun GO will deliver exceptional driving experience with greater agility. The company has still not disclosed the figures regarding its top speed, acceleration and pickup. However, some of the top market sources believe that this hatchback might have the ability to reach its top speed in between 150 to 160 Kmph speed. Considering the engine size, its power and its light weight body, we can expect that the Datsun GO may reach a speed of 100 Kmph from standstill in about 15 to 16 seconds , which should be great for the Indian road and traffic conditions.
One should take a close look at the exterior design and style of the Datsun GO hatchback, which is a treat to watch. The exteriors and style of this brand new Datsun GO will provide you a premium feel, especially with its frontage. Even the side and rear profiles looks stunning like no other hatch in its price range. To start with its outstanding front facade, the first thing you will notice is the large perforated radiator grille, which has got chrome garnished outline. While the “DATSUN” logo has been fitted in the middle of the grille. The design of the headlight cluster is very aggressive with sharp edges . These headlight cluster are further incorporated with the side turn indicator. There are straight lines designed on the bonnet that compliments the front radiator grille. At the bottom, it gets a sporty designed bumper with an air dam and air ducts incorporated in it, while the provision for license plate is given just under the grille. When it comes to the side profile, this hatch has got a very sleek body design. This car is unveiled with body colored door handles, while the external rear view mirrors are offered in black color only. Its wheel arches may get fitted with either a set of 13 or 14 inch steel wheels, which are covered with wheel caps for enhanced style. The side profile of this hatch has got the design elements of Honda Brio with edgy frontage and curvy rear profile. When it comes to the rear profile, this hatch has got a very attractive design with body colored bumper, and stylish tail lamp cluster. Its boot door has got an expressive design with “Datsun” logo fitted in the middle just under the windshield. While the chrome plated “GO” badging brings an added attraction to its rear profile. The high mounted stop lamps have been placed inside, which is visible through rear windshield. Ultimately, this upcoming new hatch has got the best design you can see in the entry level segment.
The company has officially disclosed the exterior measurements of its Datsun GO hatch, which is also promising good space for the passengers inside. This hatch seems to come with a total length of about 3785mm, then it has an overall width of about 1635mm and with a height of about 1485mm. On the other hand, its large wheelbase of about 2450mm offers an ample leg space in the front as well as for the rear seat passengers. All this put together ensures that the occupants inside get ample head and elbow room along with good leg space and knee room as well.
Ed's Take: The interiors of the Datsun Go have lesser features when compared to the regular Micra. The interior space is the same, as it is the same platform with the same wheelbase. However, the front row has a mini seat in between, for kids or luggage.
When it comes to the interior cabin section of this upcoming Datsun GO hatchback, it has a very spacious cabin with simple and decent interior design. The images provided by the manufacturer reveals that the seats are wide and spacious that would provide better comforts to the passengers. The seats are covered in premium fabric upholstery, while the door trims comes with reasonable quality plastic material . There is no central console in the front row of this hatch, which ultimately creates more space for the driver and passenger. The gear shift knob is wrapped in artificial leather upholstery and it comes just under the dashboard in small console. This console has been further incorporated with hand brake, which will enhance controlling aspects. You can observe the central console of the dashboard gets music system which can be operated through through an external music device with the courtesy of USB socket and AUX-In support. The dashboard also hosts four round shaped air conditioner vents with chrome garnished rings. The overall look of the interior cabin section is very decent and it is more than what you can expect in a car with a price of under Rs. 4.0 lakh to start with.
The company is offering all the basic and standard interior comfort features that will assure enough comfort to all the occupants. This hatchback is offered with a manual air conditioner , a power assisted steering wheel, power windows, a music player, a stylish instrument cluster with speedometer, fuel indicator and a few other notification and warning lamps. There is also a storage compartment incorporated to the dashboard, while the door trims are offered with a provision for installing speakers. All these and many more such aspects will certainly make this yet to be launched Datsun GO hatchback, one of the most admired and well liked vehicle in its segment.
According to the pictures, which have been splashed on the Internet, the interior cabin section is generously spacious which can host seating arrangement for at least for five passengers effortlessly. The company has built this model on an impressive wheel base of about 2450mm , which is the reason why there is a lot of leg space, shoulder room and knee room inside it. While its impressive height has contributed for creating a better headroom space. You can store all your luggage in the boot that has the quite a good capacity to take in many pieces of luggage, which is quite exciting.
Ed's Take: The engine on the Datsun Go is the same 1.2-litre petrol, but due to lesser weight the fuel efficiency of Datsun Go is higher than that on the regular Micra.
This yet to be launched Datsun GO seems to have been liked by the technical junkies of the country, who scrutinize each and every aspect of any upcoming cars and give their verdict on them. This low cost hatchback is expected to be made available with a performance packed three cylinder, 12-valve based 1.2-litre petrol engine , which is also expected to have a dual overhead cam shaft (DOHC) to further bolster the pickup, acceleration as well as the fuel economy. However, this petrol engine is said to be slightly lesser powerful than its other contenders, which may not be a concern for the buyers as this would mean that the mileage will be better than the other similar engines. This wonderful petrol mill is said to be able to displace close to 1198cc, which seems to be pretty decent for the Indian road and traffic conditions. This efficient petrol mill is expected to generate about 67bhp of maximum power at 5000rpm, while the peak torque output is said to be in the range of about 104Nm at 4000rpm. This impressive engine is expected to be skilfully mated with a proficient five speed manual transmission gear box, which ensures smoother gear shifts at all times. The most impressive thing about this yet to be launched hatchback is said to be its class leading mileage, which will certainly impress the buyers. On the other hand, this Datsun GO hatch is expected to be offered with a large fuel storage capacity that will further augment the customers to to plan a long driving trip as well.
Ed's Take: The accessories on offer on the Datsun Go are fairly limited. It gets the new Nissan’s phone integrated music system, which doesn’t even have a display screen on it.
The yet to be launched Datsun GO hatchback is going to be a vehicle, which is said to be priced under the Rs. 4.0 lakh rupees bracket. This might suggest that the company is not expected to completely load this car with all the features, which would be wanted by the hatchback owners. The other option is to give all these needed aspects in terms of company branded accessories, which will further improve the sales of their spares and other such features as well. The list of these accessories might include an advanced audio system which cam also have a USB interface along with an Aux-in port, a remote control and four speakers (2 – front and 2 – rear) along with a roof antenna for FM Radio as well . Apart from this, there can be other options which can be integrated at an additional cost such as a sporty rear spoiler, side profile graphics, stickers and decals, premium seat covers for all the seats, mud flaps, internal carpets made of rubber or other mats. Then there can be other options such as leather or fabric steering wheel covers, car perfumes and many more such accessories, which can be purchased at an additional cost from the authorized dealerships.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
This upcoming Datsun GO hatchback series is expected to be offered with the basic steel wheel rims fitted to its neatly carved wheel arches. Its base and mid range variants might be offered with 13 inch steel wheels that are expected to be covered with 155/80 R13 sized tubeless radial tyres . While the other top end variants might be bestowed with slightly bigger 14 inch steel wheels, which might also be fitted with newly designed full wheel covers and they might be further covered with 165/70 R15 sized tubeless radial tyres. There are no reports of alloy wheels being affixed to any of the variant as this model series is specifically being tailor made for the middle class section of the strata. Apart from all these, the company is also expected to give all the variants with a full size spare wheel, which will be fixed in the boot compartment along with other tools for changing a tyre.
Ed's Take: The braking on the Datsun Go is good, even the top of the line model comes with ABS fitted in it.
This yet to be launched Datsun GO hatchback line up is said to be made to easily maneuver through the heavy traffic congested roads in the Indian cities. This hatchback will certainly get a chunky and responsive power steering, which is expected to be electrically power assisted rack and pinion type. The turning radius of this upcoming hatchback is expected to be one of the smallest in its segment owing to its smaller size and dimensions. The braking system which is one of the most important aspects of any vehicle is also said to have been taken care of aptly by the company. This Datsun GO hatchback might be fitted with powerful ventilated disc brakes for the front wheels, while the rear end might get drum brakes for efficient braking on any road conditions . Apart from these, the company might also give this yet to be launched hatchback series with the advanced antilock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist as well, which will further enhance the braking abilities of this hatchback. The ABS with EBD and BA might not be there at all as the company is targeting this car for the middle class people and with a low price tag. On the other hand, the sturdy suspension of this upcoming hatchback might be the standard McPherson Strut type of a mechanism for the front wheels, whereas the rear axle might be equipped with a torsion beam that takes care of any sudden jerks and potholes this vehicle might fall into.
Ed's Take: Nissan has taken care of the safety bit, as the Datsun Go has ABS. We aren’t sure on whether it will have airbags.
The company is said to have put in a lot of effort to make this yet to be launched Datsun GO model series, one of the safest cars in the market. This model line has been bestowed with some impressive safety features, which are expected to ensure proper safety and protection for the occupants as well as the vehicle. The list of these significant safety aspects which are apparently said to be integrated in this Datsun GO can be an engine immobilizer, a couple of airbags for the front passengers that might have supplemental restraint system which helps in the deployment of these airbags. Apart from these, there might be a few other features like central door locking with remote keyless entry, driver side power window with an auto down feature and an anti pinch function , child safety locks for the rear doors, powerful halogen headlamps for enhanced visibility for the driver in any weather condition, side and front impact beams, an electrical power steering with tilt adjustment, seat belts for added safety of the passengers, front washer and wiper for the large windscreen. Then there are expected to be quite a few other notification lamps in the instrument cluster as well, which can include a driver seat belt warning notification, a door ajar warning indicator, a low fuel warning lamp, a head lamp on warning notification and also a key remove warning indicator as well. Apart from these, the company might also include this upcoming hatchback with the highly advanced ABS + EBD + BA system, speed sensing automatic door locks and many more such functions.
Datsun GO Pros :
Very reasonably priced, good engine, decent fuel economy.
Datsun GO Cons :
Lightweight body, very few features added, can be made much better.
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