Images: Hanoz Patel
Datsun is organizing a road show for its first hatchback, the Go in Delhi and Mumbai today. As you would expect, our correspondents are ready with their lenses to capture every detail of the show and the car at the show venue. We are reporting live from the event, and what we have here are some of the most detailed images of the Datsun Go hatchback. We had photographed the car on its world debut as well, but at that point in time, the car was locked and no one was allowed inside the cabin. This time, however, the scenario is different – the car is open to media as well as public access and the cabin is open to be experienced and photographed.
The Datsun Go will go on sale in early 2014 and will be priced lower than INR 4 lakhs. The new small car will target the high volume entry level hatchback segment and will rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R, Estilo & A-Star. Later, a seven-seater MUV based on the car, Datsun Go+ will also be introduced to the Indian market.
The Datsun Go will make use of the previous gen Micra’s platform to keep costs under check. It will be priced under the Micra Active variant, and with its well proportioned design and good interior space, offer great value to the customers in the entry level segment.
On the outside, the Datsun Go boasts a very well proportioned design and lines which are mildly aggressive – highlighting the fact that an economical car doesn’t necessarily need to be devoid in character. Datsun has done a good job with the car’s styling and while the Go won’t win any beauty contests, it most definitely is much better to look at than the weirdly designed new Alto 800.
Inside, the Datsun Go has a dash mounted gear lever with an uncluttered layout for the dashboard. The instrument binnacle is quite basic and also has an analogue speedo and what seems to be a digital tacho and fuel gauge. The car gets a 3 spoke design for the steering wheel and the doors don’t get any fabric inserts. Also, the car has an open glove box with no lid. The front seats get fixed headrests like the Hyundai i10 and the Honda Amaze. The front passenger seat is a continuous, undivided unit and forms a bench like structure reminiscent of the Premier Padminis and Ambassadors of yore.
Powering the Go is a 1.2 litre petrol engine that is speculated to have 62PS of power. Datsun hasn’t yet unveiled the spec sheet but our guess is that the 1.2 litre engine will be tuned to offer fuel efficiency than the Micra.
Check out the images with captions below for more details.
Big analogue speedo with Multi Information display on its right. Perforated leather cover for the three spoke steering is not very neatly done, but can be projected as a premium feature nonetheless
The gear shifter stick juts out from the center console, somewhat in Hyundai i10 fashion.
Door panels have the space for a big bottle, and some papers maybe. Our correspondent suggests that the doors are extremely light and don’t feel solidly built. This is typical of cars in this segment, Maruti wagon R and alto users would know.
The slanted glovebox compartment doesn’t have a lid.
Center console features twin closable circular air vents, hazard light button, audio controls, along with USB and Aux in with the basic A/C rotary knobs and recirculation toggle at the bottom.
Boot space is surprisingly good for an entry level small car
Back seat is foldable, though there is no split feature available.
We quite like the design of the three spoke steering wheel – looks good for the class
Big ORVMS should aid overall visibility.
Here we have some shots of the engine and transmission from under the body
155/70/R13 rubber doesn’t look convincing enough for grip. Though it should aid fuel efficiency
Nicely designed angular headlamps have blinkers integrated on the inside.
That knee room doesn’t look class beating, but should be OK for this segment
Nice to see ‘GO’ branded brushed metal door sill guards. A nice feature and a novelty on this class of cars
Power window switch
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