Datsun India launches the GO and the GO+ today. Bookings are open at the dealership across India for a token amount of Rs 11,000. The new compact and seven-seater hatchbacks come with a host of cosmetic and feature updates. In all likelihood the, the makeover is expected to make the hatchbacks dearer by Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000. Each offering will be made available in two variants.
The refurbished Datsun Go and Datsun Go+ get new design elements that add fresh appeal to the look and design. Key highlights include:
The cabin of the Datsun Go and Datsun Go+ gets reworked too. The dashboard gets a dual tone theme. The new siblings interior with its new front seat arrangement and floor-mounted handbrakes is a throwback to old-school design. A few key features include:
Safety features also get upgraded on the Datsun Go siblings. The updates are in line with the BNVSAP (Bharat new vehicle safety assessment program) which is set to go on effect from next year. A few safety features which will come as standard across the entire range of the Datsun and Go+ trims include:
As far as engine and transmission, there are no significant changes in the new trims. They borrow the same 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine of the previous versions. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. And Datsun has no plans to introduce CVT or AMT transmission anytime soon. The new trims claim 68PS of power and 104 Nm of torque.
On Indian roads, the Datsun GO will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Celerio and new Hyundai Santro. The new Hyundai Santro will also be offering AMT on top-spec trims. The Hyundai Santro with a competitive price tag will be a tough competitor. However, the seven-seater Datsun Go+ does enjoy an advantage for being the most affordable 7-seater right now.