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After the successful launch of their hatchback, Go, auto brand Datsun has now launched yet another product which will compete in the most competitive segment of the Indian market presently. They have already showcased their MPV the Go+ at the 2014, Delhi Auto expo and it did attracted lot of attention. Datsun decided to launch it at a motor show in Indonesia as they’re one of the biggest MPV markets in the world.

Many other MPV’s which are sold in the Indian market, like the Toyota Innova and the Maruti Suzuki ertiga are also given high priority in the Indonesian market.

Talking about the GO+ MPV, it is built on the same platform that underpins their GO hatch, which has helped them to save a lot of expenses. Still, it is longer than the usual hatchback, which has created more space at the back of the MPV for another row of seats although the row of seats are only comfortable for kids and not adults, thus just like the other MPV’s the Go+ is also capable of accommodating 7 passengers inside the vehicle well Technically. However the GO+ MPV’s overall length is below 4 meters, which actually has resulted in such an aggressive pricing.

It was also spotted testing on the Indian roads on number of occasion which actually indicated that the launch was not far enough and finally Dastun launched the GO+ MPV in India. Thus without wasting any more time let us just give you all the details of the GO+ which are available with us at this moment

UPDATE 15.01.15 Datsun launched the GO+ MPV in India with prices starting at 3.69 Lakhs ex showroom Delhi

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  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
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  • Model:
  • Engine:
    1.2Liter 3 cylinder engine
  • Transmission:
    5 speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    68
  • Torque @ RPM:
    77
  • Displacement:
    1.2 L
  • car segment:

EXTERIOR

Styling is also another important priority when it comes to Indian customers Maruti has realized that and thus they have designed their new MPV in a clever way, it has an impressive space inside while it looks brilliant from the outside. On the other hand Honda Mobilio looks brilliant too.

Coming to the exterior of the Datsun GO+ MPV you will find that it has many similarities when compared to their hatchback GO. The Go+ shares the same wheelbase with the Go hatch, while the front fascia with the large headlamps and huge grille with the chrome treatment surrounding it are similar to what you will find in their other car.

The side profile of the MPV is also identical to the hatch. However you will only begin to notice the difference only from the C-pillar of the MPV, the rear of the MPV has been extended in overall length to fit a third row of passenger seats. According to us the attractive part of the MPV is mostly its rear styling, the roof bends down and blends with the rear design of the car perfectly. It looks quite modern and also has a strong shoulder line which is carried all the way to the rear side of the car. However the design of the tail lamps has been inspired from their hatch Go.

While we cannot complain about the exterior of the MPV but we cannot agree to the point either that it is one of the finest looking MPV’s which will be launched in the Indian market.

The overall dimension of the car has been provided below:

OVERALL LENGTH 3,995mm
OVERALL WIDTH 1,635mm
OVERALL HEIGHT 1,485mm
WHEELBASE 2,450mm

INTERIOR

The front and second row seats are almost identical to the hatch GO, but the third row seats which are placed on the extended portion of this MPV doesn’t look too comfortable for tall passengers. There are no headrests either on the third row of seats while the seat itself looks cramped. The only positive thing about its interior is that rear seat can be folded to create an immense amount of boot space which will really come in handy for small families.

The dashboard too is a direct lift from their Go hatch which is a big disappointment for many afterall this MPV will compete directly with competitors like the Ertiga and the upcoming Mobilio, and hopefully everyone will agree with me here that their interiors looks more premium than that of the Go+ MPV from Datsun. Perhaps Datsun plan is to price this MPV aggressively in the Indian market in order to attract the consumers towards it. The rest of the interior looks pretty basic and there is nothing special to distinguish it from the hatch GO (except the third row seats).

ENGINE DETAILS

The Datsun GO+ MPV is also powered by the same engine which also does duty on their Go hatchback because Datsun has not yet introduced any other engines in the Indian market yet neither any product. However, it will be interesting to find out whether this three cylinder 1.2 liter engine which returns 68 bhp of peak power and 104 Nm of torque mated to a 5 speed manual transmission will be powerful enough to carry a vehicle with 7 passengers inside it.

The 1.2 Liter engine fitted under the hood of the Datsun Go is definitely smooth and refined but after all it is a 3 cylinder engine push it hard and it surely sounds unhappy. Datsun also has plans to introduce an automatic transmission in the near future and a diesel engine which will power both the Go hatch and the Go+ MPV.

Beside all this the tiny 13 inch thin tyres and the overall lightweight of the vehicle will contribute towards returning an impressive fuel economy which will definitely impress many in the Indian market specially keeping the soaring petrol prices in mind.

The engine details has been provided below:

Engine Type 1.2 Liter Petrol
Number of Cylinders 3
Maximum Power outpur 68 Ps
Transmission 5 speed manual

PRICES

The Datsun GO+ MPV has been priced at:

- Datsun Go+ D has been priced at INR 3.79 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi)
- Datsun Go+ D1 has been priced at INR 3.82 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi)
- Datsun Go+ A has been priced at INR 4.15 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi)
- Datsun Go+ T has been priced at INR 4.61 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi)

COMPETITION

The Go+ MPV definitely will face some tough competition from the segment leading Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and another upcoming MPV from the Japanese manufacturer Honda called the Mobilio.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

The Ertiga is definitely leading the MPV segment in India presently because it has the appeal and the brand value. The Ertiga is a complete package which comes packed with a stylish exterior and premium interiors and planet of space for 7 adult occupants inside which is perhaps the most important requirement of the MPV. It has been equipped with a The 1.3 Multijet diesel and a 1.4-litre K-series petrol engine. The petrol engine generates produces 94bhp of peak power at 6000rpm and 130 Nm of peak torque at 4000rpm. While its diesel engine which is not available with the Go+ MPV yet produces 90 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and 200 NM of torque at 1750 rpm. Both the engines are mated to a 5 speed manual transmission

Honda Mobilio

Honda Mobilio on the other hand has the premium feel and appeal. Beside its impressive and stylish exterior it also has a comfortable and spacious interior and Honda is famous for extracting a large amount of space from their vehicles interior with the help of a clever design. The Mobilio MPV too carries some of the styling inspiration from the Amaze and Brio but the MPV definitely looks different and has a character of its own. The Mobilio MPV is not yet launched in the Indian market but it is confirmed that it will be powered by the 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine which produces 88 Ps of maximum power at 6000 rpm and 109 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. While the diesel unit will be powered by the 1.5 Liter DOHC i-DTEC diesel engine which produces 100 Ps of maximum power at 3600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm which also happens to be Honda’s only Diesel mill available in the country that also powers the new City and the Amaze sedan.

VERDICT

The GO+ MPV is a very ordinary looking MPV and from the looks of it we can certainly tell you that Datsun has adopted many interesting methods to cut the overall expense of this car. While most of the important parts were taken from their hatch GO including the engine the interiors too look pretty basic with the third row seats not promising much comfort either. So in this case the only thing that will attract the attention is price tag of the GO+ MPV. Datsun has taken many important measures to keep the overall pricing of the MPV low which also is a main USP of this MPV.

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    • Interior looks dull
    • Third row seats is uncomfortable for adults

Source: Datsun GO+

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