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Latest on Datsun GO: 25 June, 2015
Datsun Go had faced a lot of criticism last year when it poorly faired in safety test conducted by Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP). This has also resulted in poor sales for the vehicle in country. This time around Datsun has introduced driver side airbag in its Go T(O) trim at a lucrative price tag of about Rs. 4.38 Lakh, which is about Rs. 16,000 extra over the existing T variant.
Datsun GO, a Hatchback has 5 versions available in India. Datsun GO has 5 Petrol cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Datsun GO are Chevrolet Beat, Fiat Grande Punto and Ford Figo. Datsun GO comes in 5 colours, namely, Blue, Grey , Ruby Red, Silver, White.
Japanese car maker Nissan re-launched the Datsun moniker with a lot of hope in the Indian market. The brand, which was discontinued in the 1980s, was reintroduced by Nissan as a low-cost alternative that suits Indian customers. Despite being in the Indian market for a long time, Nissan has not been able to gain a sizeable share in terms of sales. This is the reason why it launched Datsun Go, a hatchback that costs less and offers a large number of features. Datsun Go entered the Indian market in the first half of 2014 and was launched at a starting price of Rs. 3.12 lakh. Though Nissan knew the challenges it going to be up against when it entered the toughest segment of the Indian market. Also, months before the car was launched, Nissan made a dedicated effort to pitch Datsun Go as an alternative to Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. Obviously there was no direct mention of Alto 800 but all actions were quite indicative of the same.
Further to this, read Datsun GO Road Test details by our expert.
The various fuel trims in Datsun GO are priced differently. The Petrol trims are priced between Rs. 3,37,665/- to Rs. 4,38,242/-.
Designing a hatchback, especially for Indian customers, can be a pretty tough job given that the firm can neither drop the style factor or exceed cost barriers. Considering those terms, Datsun Go is a well-designed hatchback that does not look like any of its competitors. This hatchback features a distinctive front grille, which is the most noteworthy aspect about its appearance. The shape of the grille in Datsun Go is hexagonal and combines with the brand’s moniker in its centre, giving it a nice look. Headlamps of Datsun Go have a 3D shape and add to the uniqueness of the hatchback’s front appearance. However, if there is one thing that truly sets apart Datsun Go from competitors, it is the hatchback’s curvy shoulders at the rear.
Southeast Asian automakers have a tendency of focusing overtly on interiors of their vehicles and Datsun Go is another example of the same. Datsun Go hatchback has interiors featuring a simple yet attractive design. The moment you step inside the car, there is a sense of elegance that one can gauge pretty easily. Its dashboard is simplistic, neat and has an appearance similar to a bird’s wing. On the other hand, silver accents on the steering well lend the much needed dash of class. Getting into specifics, the front portion of the car’s interiors feature connected seats, something that is usually not seen in four wheelers. The presence of connected seats allows both passenger and driver to derive more comfort during the journey. Boot space of this car is undoubtedly excellent at 265 litres and is of great benefit in a country like India. Convenience features of this car include mobile docking station, entertainment system with Aux and USB compatibility, low-fatigue seat design and 360 degree air conditioning vents.
Engine and Transmission
Datsun Go is powered by a three-cylinder 12 valve cylinder that has a displacement of 1198 cc. This car is capable of delivering an output of around 67 BHP, which is decent enough considering the segment of this vehicle. In terms of transmission, Datsun Go is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission system.
Performance and Handling
With the kind of competitors Datsun Go has, the presence of a 1.2-litre engine certainly helps its cause. The power levels of the hatchback are pretty good and features like electronic accelerator pedal and speed-sensitive electric power steering certainly help in improving the car’s performance. Handling of this car certainly improves due to its short turning radius and compactness. Also, good power figures facilitate improved pick-up. It has a claimed maximum fuel economy of 20.46 kmpl, which is slightly below par for its segment.
The front portion of Datsun Go has 22 mm ventilated disc brakes and it has a system that ensures there is no overheating.
The 1198 cc Petrol - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 18 kmpl in city and 20 kmpl on highways
Safety is not exactly the high point of hatchbacks in India and Datsun Go is no different. The main safety features of this car are manual central locking, seatbelts at front & rear, child lock, head lamp levelling device and engine immobilizer.
To state simply, Datsun Go is so close yet so far from being the perfect hatchback for the Indian market. While the car does not pertinently lack anything in particular, it does not seem to be a model that would make anyone leave their existing vehicle. The appearance and interiors of Datsun Go are pretty good but it lacks the edge as far as fuel economy is considered.
One reason why Datsun Go will always be behind the eight ball in the Indian market is the kind of competition it has. Models like Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon, Hyundai i10 and even Tata Nano have covered a large portion of the demand in the segment, thereby leaving Go with little to cover. Mileage and price are two of the biggest factors for customers in this segment and a lot of its competitors are ahead of Datsun Go in that aspect. Competing with Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai on a technical level is secondary for Nissan and Datsun because the penetration in the first stage has to come through brand trust. Even if Datsun Go is a vehicle superior to Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, most would not go for it due to the trust they have on the latter. Certainly, this is something that happens over a period of time and could for Go.
Note: Specifications for GO T (O) (Petrol) have been mentioned
4.14 - 6.3 lakhs
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