The facelifted Datsun Go gets exterior tweaks as well as interior revisions while the powertrain is expected to remain the same
Datsun revealed its first-ever production-spec crossover since revival earlier this year in Indonesia. Christened the Cross, it is based on the Go Cross concept and is expected to launch in India in the near future. With an appealing styling, it is going to be the most premium product to come out of the budget brand since getting back on automotive scenes.
It will rival against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Honda WR-V, Ford EcoSport and upcoming Mahindra S201 in the highly competitive subcompact SUV segment. Considering the popularity of the segment and the company desperately needing a new product to boost its sales volume, it could be the difference maker.
Back in January 2018, the Nissan affiliate introduced the AMT-equipped Redi Go in the Indian market and next up the launch list will logically be the facelifted version of the Go hatchback. It is expected to grace the domestic market later this year along with its MPV sibling, the GO+.
Datsun has indeed made revision to the exterior to make the hatchback relevant to the markets it is being sold in as the rivalry has, let us say, modernised. The fog lamp housing is all new while the bumper has received certain tweaks as well with the black cladding. Another inclusion is the larger front grille and new set of headlamps carried over from the Cross model.
Having already been launched in Indonesia, the range-topping versions get LED Daytime Running Lights as well while the interior resembles the Cross with a 6.75-inch touchscreen infotainment system, revised centre console and dashboard among others. It is safe to assume that the Go+ MPV will get the same visual and interior tweaks. The equipment level will get longer to meet the competition with new safety features onboard.
The Go hatchback is currently priced between Rs. 3.35 lakh for the base petrol and it goes up to Rs. 4.37 lakh for the range-topper (ex-showroom). Datsun might introduce an AMT transmission to expand its range of offering. It won’t attract much price difference compared to the existing model as around Rs. 20,000 hike is expected as competitive pricing plays a key role in the segment.