Datsun has unveiled its second model, a seven-seat MPV called the Datsun Go+ at the Indonesian motor show.
It has chosen to unveil the Go+ compact MPV in Indonesia since it is one of the largest MPV markets in the region. In fact, MPVs like the Innova and the Tavera have been tailor-made for the Indonesian market in the past. Maruti exports the Ertiga there and Honda will launch its Brio-based MPV in that market too.
Although longer in overall length in comparison to the hatchback, the Datsun Go+ is built on the same 2450mm wheelbase. This helps Datsun save a ton of money and helps it lower the price of the MPV. In comparison MPVs like Maruti’s Ertiga have a longer wheelbase and all-new longer rear doors and this makes them more expensive to produce. The Go+, on the other hand, is identical to the Go hatchback all the way to the rear wheel. Extra space for the third row has been provided by extending the overall length of the car to 3995mm; no doubt keeping in mind India’s sub-four-metre, compact car category, where manufacturers making under four-metre-long cars attract a lower excise. The longer overhang is where the third row of passengers sit.
Nissan has also done a good job with the styling; the car does not look too van-like. The roof drops down towards the rear in a sporty manner and the strong shoulder line has been carried all the way to the rear of the car. To further save on costs, Datsun has used the same hatch at the rear as well, with the same tail-lights used too.
The third row of the Datsun Go+ doesn’t seem to have too much space however. It’s placed low on the floor and the backrest is pretty short. There are no headrests either. The seatbelts, like those on the second row, are also very basic; they don’t use an inertial reel that helps the belt lock on impact. What customers will however appreciate is that you can fold the rear seat flat into the floor, thereby gaining more boot space.
The Datsun Go+ will be powered by the same 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that will also do duty on the Datsun Go hatchback. Unfortunately, there are no plans to add a diesel motor as of now.
Attractive to look at, cleverly engineered to keep costs down, Datsun’s second product seems to have a lot going for it. And that’s without taking into account its sub- Rs. 4.5 lakh expected price.