The Datsun Go is the first car given by the Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Company under the Datsun brand, since it was discontinued in 1986. Named after the “Dat-Go”, Datsun’s first car launched in the early 20th century, the Go will initially be available in developing markets such as India, South Africa and Indonesia. It is based on the same Nissan V platform as the Micra. The Go was launched in India on March 19, 2014 with a price range of Rs.4 lakhs and 5 lakhs and in Indonesia with an assumed price below Rp 100.000.000 to accommodate Indonesian LCGC rule both for Go and Go+.
Datsun Go Plus
The Datsun Go Plus uncovered by the parent company Nissan is a compact Multi Purpose Vehicles. This model is built on the same platform as the Datsun Go, the car shares many of its design indication. It has length under the 4 meter mark that ensures excise duty benefits to consumers, Datsun Go Plus is expected to be priced between Rs. 4lakhs and 5lakhs. Fitted with the 1.2 liter petrol engine same as Datsun Go uses, Go Plus is in its space enough for seven with the 2+3+2 seating arrangement, though it is baptized a compact MPV. Going to be manufactured in the Nissan-Renault facility in India, Datsun Go Plus is to target for the Indian family that looks to buy a low cost car.
Designed as a comfortable family MUV, the car gives you a better feel inside than this car’s low cost one does. The bench seat up front and the dashboard mounted gearshift remind us of the styling indication of the Datsun Go. The seats are wide enough and are covered with premium fabric decor. The 3-spoked steering wheel is simple. The mobile docking station comes in handy and the AC is fitted to the central console of the dashboard. Besides, this low cost MPV offers power steering power windows and folding second seat row. The front row cabin has got a lot of leg room and head room, though the third row is not as attractive. The main affinity will be the extra two seats that the car offers. Although the Go plus does have seven seats that Comply with the ARAI specification of what can be defined as a seat in India, the third row is inconvenient to get into and there is no way two fully grown adults could sit there comfortably unless of course they choose to sit sideways. These seats are best suited for children under the age of 10 or your family dog.
The Datsun Go Plus never compromises on the comfort and security. The vehicle is highly racket and reliable as well. The MPV gets exactly the same interior features as the Datsun Go hatchback and keeps the cost affordable for the typical Indian family. With the Datsun Go Plus offering the budget MPV, Nissan is ready to redefine the MPV segment, looking to win over the families that are looking for a quality low cost MPV.
There is 1.2-litre, three cylinder, petrol engine churns 68PS of peak power and 104Nm of peak torque. First time users will find the engine easy to use too with its smooth power delivery and initial acceleration. Datsun has assigned again the engine to provide a more linear torque curve as the Go+ will be expected to carry more weight than its older small version Datsun Go. Although the Go+ is essentially a compact MPV and isn’t supposed to be driven hard, we were particularly impressed by how nice the engine and the exhaust note sounds when pushed hard.
The power is distributed to the front wheels through an advanced 5-speed manual transmission. The company claims that Dastun Go Plus can offer a superior mileage of 20kmpl, which is the best in the MPV segment. Capable of reaching 100kmph in about 10-15 seconds, the Go Plus is expected to obtain a top speed in the range of 145 to 155 km/h.
Dastun Go Plus is the Multi Purpose Vehicle segment of the Datsun Go which is small version of plus and comes with modern body design and attractive exterior. Nissan has given it a unique appearance with the roof dropping towards the back and the strong shoulder line being carried to the rear. It gets dainty headlight cluster and abroach radiator grille with thick chrome fence. The front bumper is designed with air demanding place . The side profile with its expressive lines gives the car a lengthy stylish look. The rear too looks elegant with its combination tail light cluster, body colored bumper, renowned company logo and chrome plated model logo.
The Datsun Go+ is essentially a Big brother version of the standard Go. The Go Plus styling will not really sweep you off your feet. The large hexagonal grille and funky headlamps go add a sense of adulteration to the car. Just like with the Datsun Go, the Go+ looks more expensive than it actually is with its distinctively muscular bonnet lines. The side profile too isn’t contrasted and a well defined loin line reminisce us of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
The rear could have certainly done with a bit more excitement albeit. A chrome mintage instead of a body colored one could have easily been incorporated to break up the humdrum tail gate. The extended greenhouse and body structure on the Go plus looks well designed and reminds us of cars like the first generation Ford Focus Wagon. The small 13-inch wheels though take away most of the hard work that the designers put into the Go Plus. The company has designed the Go Plus with a length of 3995 mm and a width of 1635 mm. A decent height of 1485 mm is assured and the wheelbase measures 2450 mm.
There’s not much new to be said once you enter yourself into the cabin as it’s basically a Go hatchback upfront. You are happy by the dashboard that you should be known with if you have been in the first Datsun product. It’s stylish and functional but hardly one with material. Even the air-condition system is basic with a four-speed blower. The front seats are as roly-poly, flat so u tend to slide around. But there’s no seat height adjust and steering wheel adjust here either. The all important third row, needs to have access by folding the second row seats forward. But the added row is not a space you would want to fit into. You cannot fit adults here because there is no space for them but this applies better for children. The bench is on the floor with absolutely no space to rest your feet and your head will knock against the cadent, roof. Storage capacity if we talk about then we say it can hold at least three to four large bags here.
Despite the same motor churning out the exact same number of horses as in the Go and with an added 20 kilograms to pull, the torque helps the Go+ MPV take off with quite some fervency. The motor has been fresh tuned and made more responsive and, as a result, the Datsun responds when you put your foot down. The Go+ is even comfortable driving around in a high gear in city traffic. What is nice in that if you don’t even need to go to a lower gear most of the time. The gearbox and light clutch work well enough if you work with a firm hand. Other things that make driving easy are the well-metered brakes and the light steering. While the sound is still quite poor with plenty of road and tier noise filtering in, it is definitely a step ahead of the Go hatchback.
Also, if you give the motor to 5000 rpm, it starts to sound quite noisy. It rides well too, the suspension has been upgraded to deal with the greater load at the rear, but it is very supple and absorbent and really silent when going over rough patches and there isn’t too much pitching or nose-bobbing. It does roll when cornered hard though, owing to the high ground clearance, soft springs and lack of anti-roll bars. And the slim tyres don’t offer too much grip either.
While Datsun trample on calling it a seven-seater, the Go+ is not exactly a proper one. The third row can only accommodate luggage and can’t really be used to seat anyone excluding small children. If you look at it as a five seat car, with a decent amount of luggage space, that makes it more of sense. True, the budget segment treatment by Datsun isn’t very subtle, and could even put off some customers. But if you consider the Rs 4.1 lakhs price, which is only approximate Rs 30,000 more than the hatchback, this could very well turn out to be a practical and popular five-seater.
Datsun Go Plus is expected to get its popularity in the Indian market and Indian family. Go plus is a very cheap vehicles according to the other wheels in its segment. We hope you like our post about the Datsun Go Plus Key Features, Engine Specifications, Design, Photos & Review [New Model 2015]. You can now like us on Facebook and share our post to the tweeter and Google+.