Datsun Go 1.0 Litre engine is more likely to be sourced from Renault Kwid generating 65 bhp
Nissan’s budget car brand Datsun has been reportedly mulling over introducing a new engine for the Go hatchback. The Go harbingered the revival of the low-cost Japanese outfit after more than four decades from ashes. It currently derives power from a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that develops 67 bhp at 5,000 rpm and 104 Nm of peak torque delivered at 4,000 rpm.
The ARAI-rated fuel economy is 20.63 km per litre and power is sent to the front wheel through a five-speed transmission. The Datsun Go’s power unit is built with expensive components and is closely associated with that of Nissan Micra’s. When you drive the car you would be surprised to know it only makes 67 bhp as the performance is so good.
The downsized mill that’s been doing the rounds to make into the Go is the 1.0-litre engine will soon be found under the bonnet of Renault Kwid. The 1,000 cc engine is more likely to power the recently launched Datsun RediGo through its lifecycle, which is the brand’s third model in the domestic market alongside the Go twins.
Bringing in a downsized engine could help Datsun to reduce the price range and thus it could be slotted below the current variants. The Go starts at a price of Rs. 3.26 lakh for the base D variant while it goes all the way up to Rs. 4.14 lakh for the range-topping GO T (O) version (ex-showroom prices, Delhi).
The 1.0-litre Kwid engine was developed by the Renault-Nissan alliance and it has huge degree of part localisation. This in turn points at the Go making a comeback with a competitive price to challenge the entry-level hatchbacks. Renault India displayed the 1.0-litre engine at the Auto Expo 2016 earlier this year equipped with the Kwid.
It is expected to generate as much as 65 bhp and will be slightly uprated for export markets like Brazil. As you can see, the power output difference between the 1.2-litre and 1.0-litre unit are not much so expect a very little drop in performance.