February 5, 2014: Datsun enters the MPV segment with the launch of Go+ and the crossover concept, Redi. Targeting the families in the country, the company is planning to make its vehicles large enough to accommodate large families. The vehicles come with smartphone integration. The Datsun Go+ sports a 1.2 litre engine with five speed manual transmission. The maximum output that can be produced is limited to 67 bhp, while the top torque it can achieve is 104 Nm. The bold and dynamic vehicle will be in competition with Honda’s Mobilio and others in the compact SUV segment in the country.
Datsun India, the fully owned subsidiary of the Japanese automaker has officially unveiled a compact MPV model for the country. This vehicle is christened as Datsun Go Plus and it is expected to arrive in the last quarter of 2015, which is still a long way to go. At present, the company has only one hatch model in its India portfolio, which will go up to two after the launch of this MPV. According to the details revealed by the company, this upcoming vehicle will come with a total length of just 3995mm, which helps it to receive excise duty benefits. This sub 4-meter MPV has been unveiled with a 1.2-litre petrol engine under the hood, which is currently doing its duties in the GO hatchback. This 1198cc engine is expected to produce the 67bhp in combination with a maximum torque of about 104Nm. It is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox, which will help the vehicle to produce a mileage in the range of 17 to 19 Kmpl. This created a buzz in the Indian automobile market, which forced other automakers to come up with new compact models. This is perhaps the first ever compact MPV model in the automobile market with a capacity to host at least seven passengers. The company had designed this vehicle on the Datsun Go hatch body platform, which makes it look quite identical to the hatch. Its front profile carries similar design aspects of GO hatch, but its side and rear profiles have a distinct look.
Its interiors too resembles the hatch model, but it comes with three rows featuring 2+3+2 seating arrangement. Also, this yet to be launched vehicle is expected to come with quite a number of safety and comfort features. In terms of comforts, this vehicle will feature a digital tachometer, low fuel warning lamp, mobile docking station, follow-me home headlamps and several other such features. As far as the safety are concerned, this model is expected to get engine immobilizer device, three point seat belts, central locking system and various other such features. However, it is too early to say anything about the features as the company has not disclosed complete details of this model.
The car maker has unveiled this sub 4-meter MPV with a 1.2-litre, that comes with 3-cylinders and 12-valves. This power plant is incorporated with an advanced electronic fuel injection system, which helps the motor to deliver a decent mileage. The car maker has not disclosed the numbers regarding its fuel efficiency, but we can expect that it can deliver a mileage in the range of 17 to 19 Kmpl, when driven under standard conditions.
At present, it is too early say anything about the power of this vehicle as official details are yet not disclosed. It is unveiled with a 1.2-litre petrol power plant that is based on a dual overhead cam shaft based valve configuration. This motor is expected to produce a maximum power of 67bhp that results in a commanding torque output of about 104Nm, which should be quite good for Indian conditions.
This yet to be launched vehicle is expected to be perkier in terms of acceleration and pick. It comes equipped with a 1198cc engine that comes with 3-cylinders, each of which have 4-valves. Considering its body weight and stature, it is expected to breach the 100 Kmph speed mark in about 15 to 16 seconds. At the same time, it is expected to reach a top speed in the range of 140 to 150 Kmph, which is quite good.
The external appearance of this upcoming vehicle looks very decent with a neat body fit and finish all over. It has a refreshing side and rear profile, which makes it look distinct. To start with its rear profile, it has a swept-back design taillight cluster that comes incorporated with high intensity lamps and turn indicators. It surrounds an expressive tailgate that is accompanied with a wide windscreen. It hosts a license plate console along with a body colored appliqué and prominent company's insignia. Its body colored bumper is quite large that has two expressive lines, which enhances the elegance of its rear. The side profile is very expressive owing to the sweeping lines all over the facet. Its wheel arches have been fitted with a set of conventional steel wheels, which are expected to be either 13-inch or 14-inch in size. These rims are further equipped with a set of stylish full wheel covers, which gives an urbane look to the sides. Its external door handles are in body color, while the outside wing mirrors along with B and C pillars comes in black . The front facade comes equipped with several styling cosmetics. In the center, it has a hexagonal shaped perforated radiator grille that is surrounded by a thick chrome strip. It is flanked by a bold headlight cluster that comes equipped with powerful halogen lamps and turn indicators. The front body colored bumper has a rugged design, which is further equipped with a pair of air ducts and a sleek air dam. The bonnet has two sweeping lines, which compliments the design of grille. The overall look of this vehicle is accentuated by the “DATSUN” logo embossed to the radiator grille.
The car maker has officially disclosed the details regarding its external measurements, which comfortably places it in the compact segment. Despite being an MPV and a seven seater version, it comes with a total length of just 3995mm, which is surprisingly impressive. At the same time, it comes with a total width of 1635mm and with a decent height of 1485mm. Apart from this, it is expected to come with a minimum ground clearance of about 170mm and with a minimum turning radius of under 5-meters.
Coming to the interiors, this model series comes with a classy internal cabin that is done up with dual tone color scheme. Despite being the compact vehicle, it comes with a ample leg space inside, especially in the cockpit. However, the second row has a decent leg space but the third row is slightly congested. This sub 4-meter MPV comes with a total wheelbase of about 2450mm , which determines the room inside. The cockpit is fitted with connected seats and the gearbox console is integrated to the dashboard. This provides comfortable seating for at least two passengers. We can expect the seats to be integrated with head restraints and to be covered with jacquard fabric upholstery. The best part about the cabin is its cockpit, where it comes fitted with a dual tone dashboard that is equipped with quite a few features like an instrument cluster, AC unit and a mobile docking station. Its central console gets a matte black finish, which is further accompanied by a gearbox console. It also comes incorporated with a storage compartment, which adds to the convenience inside. The steering wheel has three spokes and is decorated with company's insignia, that gives a magnificent look to the cabin.
This Datsun GO Plus model series is expected to come with standard comfort features, which makes the journey fascinating. It is expected to come with important features like a manual air conditioning system with heater and rear AC vents, that keeps the entire ambiance pleasant. This seven seater MPV is expected to come with a driver seat height adjuster along with 60:40 rear split seats, which makes seating comfortable inside. Also, its front seats are expected to come with sliding and reclining function, which contributes in increasing the leg space in the second row. Apart from these, we can expect several utility based features inside such as rear assist grips, full molded door trims, collapsible AC vents with silver finish, door map pockets, bottle holders, interior room lamp , passenger side storage tray, door armrest, jacquard fabric seat upholstery and several other such aspects. Apart from all these, the company may also install features like digital tachometer, drive computer featuring instantaneous fuel economy, average fuel economy and distance to empty function. The market sources also believe that the vehicle will come with aspects like remote fuel lid and tailgate opening facility, front power windows, gear shift gauge and a speed sensitive electric power steering system, which makes the journey comfortable.
At present, there is no information regarding the interior measurements of this upcoming vehicle. Despite being a compact vehicle, it is expected to come with decent interior space, which can host at least seven passengers. As its front connected seats are expected to come with sliding and reclining function, it should help to improve the leg room in second row. However, the third row has a less space, which could be difficult for two adults to have a comfortable seat. Its shoulder and the head room is quite good as this vehicle comes with a width and height of 1635mm and 1485mm respectively.
According to the details disclosed by the company, this upcoming vehicle will be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol power plant, which is the same engine that is powering the Nissan Micra and Datsun GO hatch. It is based on dual overhead camshaft valve configuration with three cylinders and twelve valves that displaces 1198cc. It is expected to produce a maximum power of approximately 67bhp at 5000rpm that results in a maximum torque output of 104Nm at just 4000rpm. This motor is paired with an advanced 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that sends the torque output to the front wheels. This motor is expected to come with electronic fuel injection system, which will makes it fuel efficient. As of now, the company has not disclosed the mileage figures, but considering it stature, it is expected to produce a mileage in the range of 17 to 19 Kmpl.
This yet to be launched vehicle is expected to come with basic audio system with a mobile docking station. This system comes with an amplifier, universal mobile holder, AUX-In socket, and a USB port (for charging only), which enables the occupants to connect their mobile for playing music. Also this vehicle is expected to get four high quality speakers, which delivers surround quality sound and keeps the occupants entertained. Apart from these, customers can opt for personalizing this vehicle with several aspects like leather seats, tweeters, floor carpets and so on.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
This yet to be launched compact MPV is expected to come with either 13 or 14-inch steel wheels depending upon the market requirements. These rims will be covered with a set of high performance tubeless radial tyres, which will certainly provide an excellent grip on roads.
There are no details regarding the braking or suspension mechanism of this vehicle . However, we can expect a conventional braking mechanism with front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, which offers reliable performance in any weather condition. On the other hand, it is also expected to come with a robust suspension system. Its front axle could be paired with a McPherson Strut type of system along with double pivot lower arm, while its rear axle is expected to be coupled with a H-type torsion beam. This enables the vehicle to deal with all the jerks caused on roads and keeps it well balanced. In addition to these, this model is also expected to come with speed sensitive electric power steering system, which offers a precise response to the driver and makes the handling simpler.
It is too early to say anything regarding the safety aspects of this model series. However, we can expect this compact MPV to get some standard safety aspects like three point seat belts (front and rear), two point seat belts (rear center), child lock, head lamp leveling device and central locking system . It is also expected to get an engine immobilizer system that keeps the vehicle protected from unauthorized access. Apart from these, this model can get ABS with EBD, dual horn, side impact protection and several other crucial features.
Datsun GO Plus Pros :
1. Asserting exterior appearance is a big plus.
2. Engine performance and fuel efficiency is good.
3. Cost of spares and maintenance is affordable.
4. Initial cost of ownership is economical.
5. Comfort features are at par with other competitors.
Datsun GO Plus Cons :
1. Interior space is not up to the mark.
2. Safety features are below par.
3. There is still scope to improve its interior design.
4. Presence of service network must increase.
5. Boot storage space is too low.
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