The Datsun Go hatchback, the retail of which begins early next year under the complete purview of Nissan, has been spotted testing out yet again in Chennai.
Based on the Nissan V-Platform, the car's looks and space appear superior to the Maruti Alto 800, its foremost rival.
Designed and developed at the Renault-Nissan technology center in Chennai, the Datsun Go uses the same powertrain as the Nissan Micra, reconfigured for better fuel efficiency.
The interior of the car has some clever bits such as adjoined front seats and a dash-mounted gear lever for maximizing space utilization, and soft components like the door handle and aircon vents sourced from the Micra's parts inventory for cost benefit.
From the pictures it is as if the car can offer comfortable seating for five adults (it retains the Micra's wheelbase of 2,450 mm), a first-in-segment feature, it must be said.
The family hatchback will be targeted towards first time car buyers, and as an alternative to much older vehicles in the entry-level segment. Datsun promises a starting price of under 4 lakh rupees, and exports to South Africa has also been confirmed next year. The vehicle will be manufactured at Nissan's Oragadam plant in Chennai.
[Spyshots courtesy of Mr.Shiva from Motorbash.com]