third row is, of course, all-new and appears to be set low. And being a sub-four-metre MPV, space is not expected to be impressive. There are no head restraints for the third row either and the seat belts are pretty basic. But the Go+ could prove to be flexible, as the as last row can be flattened completely into the floor, allowing decent boot space and luggage carrying capacity when it is not in use.
Under the hood of the Go+ will be the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol motor that will power the Go hatchback. The carmaker has declared no plans of introducing a diesel option.
Datsun has already aroused a lot of interest with the Go, and the Go+, with its stylish looks and seven-seat layout in a sub-four-metre format, seems set on a similar course. Of course, the price will be the real decisive factor on how this compact MPV will be received here. Considering that Datsun has said that most of its core products in India will be under the R4-lakh mark, we can expect an affordable real world price tag of just around R5 lakh for this MPV. And that will be simply amazing.
Heard of Datsun?
Strictly speaking, Datsun is not a ‘new’ brand, but instead was the name Nissan used for its cars when they were exported outside Japan until 1986. So if you find the name familiar, that is why.
Now the brand is being brought back as a range of very appealing, but budget models that will be more affordable than similarly sized Nissan offerings. It’s a brand targeted at developing nations with a rapidly growing middle class that desires stylish yet affordable vehicles, so it’s no surprise that Datsun’s global launch happened in India.
* It is identical to the Go hatch up to the rear wheels.
* Wheelbase is the same; length has been added at the rear.
* At 3995 mm in length, it still qualifies for sub-4m tax breaks.
* Middle, rear seats don’t split; they just flip down.
* Will use the same 1.2-litre petrol engine; no diesel planned.