Nissan has showcased its Datsun GO+ MPV and the GO hatchback at the Auto Expo. While the GO+ has already been introduced in the Indonesian market, this is the first time the Indian market gets to see the compact MPV in the flesh. Datsun is a brand Nissan has reintroduced to sell its budget cars in emerging markets like India, Russia, Indonesia and South Africa.
The GO+ shares the same platform as the previous generation Nissan Micra. Both will be powered by the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine from the Micra, though due to its larger dimensions, the one in GO+ has been tuned for more power. Mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, the mill in the GO+ will churn out 68bhp and 104Nm of torque. The MPV will be locally manufactured at Nissan’s Oragadam plant in Chennai and sold through Nissan dealerships across the country. As a cost cutting measure, interiors and many-a-component will be identical to the GO.
Though the hatchback and the MPV have the same wheelbase, the GO+ will be a seven-seater. Extra overhang behind the rear wheels have been added to accommodate the third row of seat. Its overall length stays below four metres qualifying it for the concessions applicable for sub-four metre cars. Thus we can expect the car to be priced competitively, probably lower than its rivals, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Mahindra Quanto.