In the words of Datsun, “Go is a high quality, stylish and modern hatchback designed to deliver an engaging driving experience.” Well, we are yet to drive the car, so we cannot comment much on the driving experience, but as far as the first part of the claim made by Datsun, it stands true. Powered by a 1.2l petrol engine which deliver power to the front wheels via a 5 speed gearbox, Datsun officials confirmed that the car will be launched in India by March/April 2014, for a price of less than Rs 4 lakhs.
Datsun says, that the tuning of the engine and gearbox is engineered in such a way that driving in Indian road conditions is comfortable. For eg, the 5 speed MT offers optimal response time and agility in congested traffic. Apart from this, the car has seating capacity for 5 adults with decent legroom. This is made possible, thanks to the long wheelbase of 2450mm. Overall dimensions of Datsun Go stand at 1635mm width, 1485 mm height, and 3785 mm length.
Though the interiors looks simple, they are practical and are made keeping in mind the demand for most car buyers in the segment. To appeal the younger generation, Datsun will offer a mobile docking station as accessory. This station will help Datsun Go customers to connect their smartphone to the car, and keep their favourite music, pictures and downloads along with them on the go.
Commenting on the Datsun roadshow, Mr Kenichiro Yomura, President of Nissan India Operations, said, “Dream, Access and Trust constitute the three pillars of the Datsun brand and we wish to highlight each one of them by showcasing the new Datsun Go hatchback to our customers. The Go promises to fulfill the aspirations of the Indian car buyers with its attractive price proposition and we are sure that it will exceed their expectations with it’s stylish exteriors, spacious interiors, and innovative features. We wish to become a household name in India and reaching out to our customers is the first step towards it.”
Speaking about sales and service of Datsun cars, officials said that their cars will be sold at existing Nissan dealerships in the country. Though the dealership will be the same, the experience will be different as there will be different sections for Nissan and Datsun products. The two brands will also have different sales personnels.
Interested buyers can experience Datsun Go at both these places mentioned above for today and tomorrow. After this, the Datsun car will head to 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Future launches of Datsun are expected in the form of a Go based sedan and MPV, which is already shown in Indonesia.