Datsun has introduced a facelift of its Go and 7-seater Go+ budget cars. There are several changes, here's what the update entails.
Having just been launched in Indonesia, the 2018 Datsun Go and Go+ is expected to make landfall in South Africa before the end of the year. The changes are significant, with a smarter-looking exterior comprising new-look grille, tweaked headlights, sportier bumper with integrated daytime-running lights, side mirrors with built-in indicators and a revised rear bumper.
As far as cabin updates are concerned, the central console and air vents are new and a 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system has been added. Datsun claims that by optimising the backrest shape, seating comfort has been improved.
Datsun says it has rejigged the Go's suspension and fitted more insulation to improve on-road refinement. In terms of engine options, the Indonesian market has gained a CVT option mated to its 1.2-litre 3-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol motor. The powerplant produces peak outputs of 50 kW and 104 Nm.
Strangely, there's no mention of any upgrades to the safety systems of the vehicle, which is odd considering its mechanically-similar cousin, the Renault Kwid, will see anti-lock brakes introduced in the near future. We'll update the story as more information comes to light.