Datsun claims this is first of its kind offer with best in the industry 7 month EMI holiday
In what could be considered as a one last push before hanging up the boots, Nissan’s budget brand Datsun has updated GO hatchback and GO+ estate to BS6 emission standards. The automaker has also introduced attractive loan schemes to boost sales amidst financial uncertainties surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.
The 2020 Datsun Go and Go+ BS6 models are powered by the familiar 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol engine which is tuned to deliver 77 hp and 104 Nm of torque. Datsun hasn’t explained the technical changes this engine had to undergo to be compatible with the stricter emission norms. The motor will continue to be offered with a 5-speed manual transmission and an optional CVT.
The Datsun Go is the most affordable CVT equipped passenger car in our market as of now. Speaking of affordability, the Datsun Go BS6 MT starts at INR 3.99 lakh with the CVT variant priced at INR 6.25 lakh. The base MT and CVT variants of GO Plus BS6 are priced at INR 4.2 lakh and INR 6.7 lakh respectively. All prices are ex-showroom.
The low-cost twins are offered with a standard warranty of two years which can be extended up to 5 years. Colour options include Opal White, Ruby Red, Vivid Blue, Bronze Grey, Crystal Silver, and Amber Orange. Both models received a facelift in late-2018 and hence Datsun has decided not to make any cosmetic changes on the BS6 versions.
Commenting on the launch, Rakesh Srivastava, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India, said, “With the new Datsun GO and GO+, we have introduced high-quality products that not only have a strong value proposition but are also future-ready.
Built with Japanese technology, both cars are BS6-compliant and offer the most affordable CVT options in India. With innovative financial schemes, we want to extend support to our customers in these testing times. We aim to enhance the value propositions of our products in line with Datsun’s mission of enabling progressive mobility.”
Equipment highlights of the Datsun Go twins include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, reverse parking assist, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and sports mode.
In a bid to address weak customer sentiments due to the pandemic, Datsun has come up with an attractive loan which which allows the buyers to take the car home and start paying the EMI later (in 2021). Other schemes include 100% finance option, Low EMI benefit and EMI assurance benefit.
Despite offering good value proposition, Datsun couldn’t catch the fancy of Indian economy car buyers. Owing to poor response, Nissan is reportedly planning to shut down its budget brand which was resurrected to focus on cost-sensitive markets like India, Russia, South Africa and Indonesia. We expect Nissan to gradually windup Datsun by not introducing new products or implementing significant updates to the existing ones. Once the current models complete their life cycles, we expect the brand to withdraw from our market.