Images – Datsun Go to be priced under 4 lakhs, early 2014 launch announced

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The Datsun Go, scheduled to commence sales in India in early 2014 was unveiled today in Gurgaon as an important part of the Nissan Power 88 mid-term business plan.

Datsun Go unveiled
Notice the similarity in communication color to the Maruti Alto 800?

Nissan Motor’s Global design center in Japan is responsible for the styling of the car. The R&D and engineering development were tasked to the local engineering resources and suppliers so as to suit it to Indian preferences, tastes and needs, while ensuring component accessibility and low price.

Datsun Go side view
Rear quarter glass and alloy wheels are missing, which are signs of cost cutting. However the car doesn’t look low rent and has plenty of uniformly flowing creases.

The Go is a five-door, front-wheel drive hatch powered by a 1.2 liter petrol engine paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. The drivetrain is tuned for “optimal response time” and “agility” in traffic conditions.

Datsun Go rear view
The rear windshield is reminiscent of the Micra.

Note that Datsun is not discussing specifications of the powertrain, and reserving the finer details to the pre-launch period.

Datsun Go front seats
The bucket seats are adjoined, while the gear lever and hand brake are positioned on the dashboard, perhaps to facilitate seating for a third passenger on short trips.

The Datsun Go is 1,635mm wide, 1,485mm tall and 3,785mm long with a wheelbase of 2,450mm. Datsun says the car presents ample amounts of headroom and terms the front seating configuration as “expanded”. The car is designed for five occupants, and to provide them with an agile vehicle in congested traffic.

Datsun Go center console
The air-con vents are from the Micra but the rest of the dash is new. A mobile phone docking feature permits the driver to Bluetooth-connect his smart phone to the sound system for audio streaming.

The car will also offer a “Mobile Docking Station” to let drivers pair their smartphone to the car to spin music files from the phone memory.

The Go will be priced below INR 400,000. Transparent pricing and dealership proximity are facets of the Datsun car.

Datsun Go rear seat
Rear seat comfort cannot be judged through photographs. However our man at the launch floor says it isn’t bad at all!

The Go will be launched in Indonesia, Russia and India in 2014. The Renault-Nissan alliance production plant in Oragadam, Chennai has been confirmed as the first production site for the Go.

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