Regulars here would remember that we reported in detail when the upcoming Datsun Go hatchback was spotted testing in India late last month. Now, the car has again been spotted testing in India and the latest spy pics comes from a Team BHP reader, who spotted this test mule in Chennai.
The new Datsun Go hatchback will go on sale sometime next year and is likely to have a sticker price of less than INR 4 Lakhs. This means that the car will be a direct rival to the Hyundai i10, Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Chevrolet Beat.
The Datsun Go hatchback is based on the last gen Micra platform and will be powered by a 1.2 litre petrol engine. The motor would have a max power of 62PS. While the upcoming Datsun Go hatchback will be positioned even below the newly introduced Micra Active entry level variants, it would be much more than a cut-price and stripped out versions of the Micra/Micra Active.
Visually, the car boasts of good proportions and looks very much like what a modern hatchback should. While we do realize that the Go won’t win any beauty contests, its inoffensive looks and understated looks should appeal to a wide range of car buyers.
On the inside, first to catch the eye is the car’s clean and understated dashboard. The car gets a dash mounted gear lever and instrument binnacle consists of an analogue speedo and what seems to be a digital tacho and fuel gauge. The car gets a 3 spoke design for the steering boss and the doors don’t get any fabric inserts. Also, the car won’t get a a ‘close-able’ glovebox! The front seats get fixed headrests. One of the talking points of the new car is the front passenger seat, which extends all the way to the driver’s seat, to form a “bench seat like” arrangement (almost a la HM Ambassador!). We can already see people trying to squeeze three in the front.
We feel that it would be really interesting to see if the Datsun Go, which would soon become Nissan India’s new bargain-basement hatchback, would be able to fare better than well established rivals such as the Hyundai i10 (last gen)?
Watch out for this space for more updates on the Datsun Go India launch and other details.
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