The Datsun GO is the new budget hatchback from the Nissan stable. The brand was revived after a period of 30 years and will be used to sell budget cars in various developing markets. Each of these markets will get a model suited to their specific needs and for the hatchback-crazy Indian market Datsun has brought GO and will eventually also launch the GO+ MPV.
The Datsun GO hatchback in the front gets a hexagonal grille with chrome inserts and headlights that flow from the front of the hood to the middle. The grille and bumper in combination with the lines of the hood work to give the car a muscular appearance despite its small size. The side profile is reminiscent of the Nissan Micra as the GO is based on the former. A speciality is that Datsun has fitted the windows with black cladding and this matches the black colour OVRMs.
At the back the GO gets a vertically stacked light design, openable boot lid but looks clean due to minimal badging. Datsun has also fitted the black cladding at the back in a bid to keep the appearance even throughout the vehicle. In terms of measurements, the GO is 3.7 meters long (2.4 meters wheelbase), 1.6 meters wide and 1.4 meters high.
Interiors and variants
The GO gets two tone interiors with beige trim and grey as the second colour. On the feature list the GO gets air-conditioning and AUX-IN with two speakers. There is also a USB port but strictly to be used as a mobile charging point only.
Standard features across all variants include digital tachometer, drive computer that displaysinstantaneous fuel economy, average fuel economy and distance to empty, follow-me-homeheadlamps, speed sensitive wipers and a silver finish front radiator grille.
The mid-level A variant adds an air conditioner with filter, chrome front grille, body coloured bumpers and Jacquard seat upholstery to the equation. The top of the line T variant comes with speed sensitive electric power steering, front power windows, Mobile Docking Station (MDS) with amplifier, universal mobile holder, aux-in and USB charger, front speakers, central locking and full wheel covers.
Engine and gearbox
The Datsun GO is powered by a 1.2-litre engine that produces 67bhp and 104Nm of torque. It is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 20.6 kmpl. At present the car is only offered with this engine but we expect that in the future they will also offer kits for LPG and CNG conversions.
The Datsun GO competes in the A+ segment with the Hyundai Eon, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and the Chevrolet Spark.