2019 Datsun Go and Go Plus Facelift will help the manufacturer stay relevant in the entry-level hatchback segment
Four years ago, Datsun entered into the Indian market with the launch of a hatchback- Go. The idea to launch Datsun in the Indian market was to capture the segment of car buyers on a budget. With this, Datsun has also launched other models such as the Go+ and the Redi-Go, but it hasn’t worked out well.
In spite of launching new models and updating them, the sales number hasn’t grown as expected. Datsun firmly believes in their products and are working out on updating the Go (hatchback), Go+ (MPV). These models were spotted testing recently in India and during the month of May (2018), Datsun had revealed the facelift of the Go (Hatchback) and the Go+ (MPV) in Indonesia.
Though the models spotted testing are still under the wraps, we get to know that the cosmetic changes will include a new design headlamp unit, new grille and a redesigned bumper. Also at the front will be a set of LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL’s). Moving towards the side profile, the ORVM’s with turn indicators seen on the model revealed in Indonesia are missing. Whereas from the spy pictures we get to see that these models will run on alloy wheels and will come equipped with rear wipers.
As per the spy images, we do not a proper glimpse of the interiors. But if Datsun changes the upholstery and some bits on the dashboard, the overall look of the interiors will be better and uplifted. In terms of safety, the current Go and Go+ scored 0- Star and 1- Star rating respectively at the Global NCAP crash test. As we await the launch of these models, it will be a good opportunity for Datsun to equip their cars with ABS and front dual airbags as standard.
Currently, the Datsun Go and Go Plus are powered with a 1.2 litre, three-cylinder, petrol engine that is coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox. The facelift edition will also get the same powertrain but it is expected that Datsun will also get in the AMT gearbox as an option.
The launch of the upcoming Datsun Go and Go+ (Facelift) in the Indian market is expected to be around the festive season. Once launched they will compete with the Tata Tiago, upcoming Hyundai Santro, Maruti Suzuki Wagon , etc.
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