Datsun unveiled their first Indian product a hatchback which they christened as GO couple of months ago.
The Sketches which were revealed earlier clearly showed that the new hatchback looks aggressive and stylish as well, and when it was finally unveiled it looked almost same as it was highlighted in the sketch. Datsun is all set to launch the GO on 19th March to compete against the other small car manufacturers of India like the Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai which are already present in the Indian market for quite some now. The Datsun GO hatchback is presently being developed by Nissan India at its Chennai technical facility.
The Datsun Go is powered by a new 3 cylinder Petrol engine which generates an impressive amount of power and also promises to return impressive fuel efficiency at the same time which perhaps is concern for many Indians.
Datsun promised to keep the pricing of their new hatch below 4 Lakh rupees and that will perhaps also give this fresh new hatch some edge over the others. Now if we look carefully most of the middle class family members of India prefer hatchbacks over others because they are cheap and easy to maintain and also drive within the city traffic, they can also be used for daily commute and occasional long drives. Now let’s find out whether this new hatch from Datsun will be able to fulfill all the criteria and make its name in one of the most competitive segments of the Country.
UPDATE 19/02/14Datsun kept their promise and launched the Go in India today. The prices of the hatch has been provided below.
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Datsun Go is definitely bringing a fresh new styling with it which will attract lot of attention. Take a look at it and you won’t feel that this car looks cheap or below average in any way, overall it has an aggressive styling which we have seen when the manufacturer revealed its first sketch and the interesting thing is that it is still retained even in this production version as well.
The front of the GO hatch boasts a diamond shaped grille with a chrome garnish and a Datsun logo placed in the middle. The clear lens halogen headlamps also has a new styling which makes the front of the hatch look quite aggressive and interesting.
Coming to the side profile of the hatch, it is sub 4 meter in length and has few character lines and creases which gives it a premium appeal. The side door handles are a straight lift from the Nissan hatchback Micra which obviously isn’t a bad thing. The Datsun GO has 4 doors which opens wide for easy entry and exit for the passengers.
Come to the rear of the GO and you will notice a big windscreen and a boot door just like any other hatch of its class. The only disappointing thing about this new hatch is its 13 inch 155/70 skinny tyres, the wheels looks tiny compared to whole external shell.
The overall dimension of the Datsun GO has been provided below:
|BOOT VOLUME||265 LITRES|
|GROUND CLEARANCE||170 mm|
Get inside this new hatch and you will like what you find inside, definitely Hyundai has set a new benchmark when it comes to interiors with their budget hatch Eon and when you compare Go’s interior the later looks and feels pretty basic and bland.
The front dashboard looks boring with the round air vents which has once again been borrowed from Nissan Micra what is interesting though is that you won’t be getting any audio player with this new hatch instead Datsun has provided a holder which can hold any mobile audio device such as an I-pod or your mobile and it also has been provided with a aux in audio input jack so your phone or I-pod becomes in car entertainment system. The rest of the instrument cluster and dials looks pretty basic too but the small digital display provides lot of useful information such as rev counter, trip computer for average fuel consumption and fuel gauge.
Let me mention one more interesting thing about the dashboard here the gear lever has been fitted along with the dashboard in order to save space in the front seats. The dashborad does not have a glovebox instead it has a parcel tray just beneath the dashboard.
The front seat or it would sound appropriate if I call it a bench because just between the two front bucket seats there is an additional cushion which joins both the driver and passenger seats and it can easily fit a third passenger but Datsun in particular has made it clear that this small space is strictly for a small children. Another disappointing thing is that although it has been provided with a cushioning there are no seat belts provided for the third passenger at the front.
The designers have given this new hatch a wider shape and thus have pushed the doors and wheels at the front and rear end of the car to create more space in its interiors moreover it also has been provides with a 265 liters of boot space where you can store some luggage easily which too is impressive for a entry level hatch of this size.
The Go hatch interiors are definitely not luxurious but has ample of space inside although the interiors looks bit dull and boring with grey plastics and seat fabrics but this is only an entry level hatch and so expecting anything more will be bit silly.
The Datsun GO is powered by a 3 cylinder, DOHC 12V, 1.2 litre engine which is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox and which generates 68 Ps of maximum power at 5000 rpm and 104 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm which is at par with the other hatches of its class. It will carry an engine which will be produced at the Chennai facility in India in alliance with Nissan.
The engine has been tuned to deliver more power which in turn helps in easy overtaking both in city traffic and highways. The Datsun Go engine also has been tuned to deliver an impressive fuel efficiency at the same time and Datsun claims that the GO will return about 20.63 Kilometers to a liter but it will be interesting to find out whether this three cylinder engine runs out of breathe when pushed to the limit.
Now coming to the ride quality the Datsun Go has been provided with a Mcpherson struts at the front and Torsion beams at the rear which you will find in most of the other cars of its class, these suspension system handles Indian roads quite well however if the road condition turns worse some of the jerks and bits can be felt inside the cabin easily. The Go has been provided with an electric steering which specially comes in handy while driving within the city traffic, so is the 4.6 meters turning radius.
|Engine Type||3 cyls, DOHC 12V|
|Power||67 bhp at 5000rpm|
|Torque||104 Nm at 4000rpm|
|Gearbox||5 speed manual|
The base trim of the Datsun Go has been priced at Rs.3.12 Lakhs (D trim)
The middle trim has been priced at Rs.3.42 Lakhs (A Trim)
The top end trim is priced at Rs.3.69 Lakhs (T trim)
Safety is one of the main priorities of many Indian consumers especially when they are choosing a car for their entire family. For your information the Datsun GO will disappoint you once again here because quite frankly it lacks lot of safety features which you would normally expect out of your family hatch.
The Go does not have any provision of a airbag in any of its variants. Although it has been provided with disc brakes at the front but there is no ABS option either in the car. So if you are concerned about all these safety measures then we are afraid that Datsun GO won’t provide you with any.
The Datsun Go will face some tough competition from the Hyundai Eon and the Maruti Alto 800.
Hyundai has set a new benchmark in exterior styling, interiors and quality with their new product Eon which was launched back in the year 2012 in the Indian market. There is no doubt that the Eon is the best looking car in this segment and also provides impressive new features inside. This Eon is powered by a three cylinder 814 cc engine which generates much lesser power than the Datsun GO but returns more fuel efficiency than its competitor.
The Alto 800 is the most basic hatch when compared to Eon and Go. It is powered by a 796 cc engine which generates much lesser power than the Go. Although it has been priced quite aggressively but it has a basic looking cabin and the least powerful engine amongst these three hatches.
The compact hatchback will be introduced in the three other emerging markets Indonesia and Russia in the early 2014 and later South Africa was also included in the list other than India.
Datsun will make car’s depending on the people’s needs, hatchback car’s are hugely popular in India thus the first car that Datsun offered in India is a hatchback and will be developed right here in India with the help and support of another Japanese brand Nissan who have not done exceptionally well particularly with their small hatchback Micra. Thus it will bring an opportunity for both the manufacturers to return with a bang.