Datsun has launched a significantly reworked version of its Go budget car line-up in South Africa. Take a look at specification and pricing below...
Since its return to South Africa in 2014, the reborn Datsun brand has done steady business, with nearly 20 000 units of its Go and Go+ sold locally. It's interesting to note that sales this year (up-to-and-including September), have already surpassed the marque's previous annual best performance. So, in the tough current economic climate, the cheap and cheerful Go (and its 7-seater Go+ sibling) have certainly found favour with local consumers.
From launch, however, the Go has often been criticised for its lack of safety features, particularly in a segment where it is likely to be purchased by relatively inexperienced buyers. Now, with the facelifted version, Datsun has addressed this concern as it tries to reposition the brand as slightly more aspirational and in tune with modern consumers' needs and desires.
Fresher styling inside and out
Crisper styling all-round, bigger wheels and fresh colours have injected new life into this budget offering.
The Go's design revisions are both obvious and effective, giving the little hatch a far edgier and modern look. There are vertical LED daytime running lights on both Go variants, and the front and rear bumpers are more "chiselled" in their appearance. Wheel size has gone up to 14 inches on both variants, with the flagship Go also getting alloys.
The bigger changes are to be found inside, where Datsun has given the Go a far more upmarket-looking facia. Gone are the front bench seat and umbrella handbrake, for example, and there is a noticeable improvement in attention to detail, too.
Extensive safety and infotainment features
Neater cabin features modern infotainment system and dual front airbags.
At launch, both models will be fitted with a classy 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that even feature Android Auto/Apple CarPlay functionality. Once the launch promotional campaign has run its course, this system will still feature on the flagship model. The pricier Go variant also gets a rear window wash/wiper feature, and fitted to all models is a new tailgate lock – in the previous model the tailgate could only be opened from inside the car. Other standard safety features include coloured electric side mirrors, reverse parking sensors, intermittent wipers, central locking and an immobiliser. LUX grade derivatives are equipped with daytime running lights and body colour door handles.
On the safety side, consumers will be happy to hear that all models will now be sold with dual front airbags and ABS. It's also worth noting that the revised model further features upgraded rear safety belts as well as rear park sensors.
No engine change
Powering the Go is the same 1.2L 3-cylinder engine that develops 50kW and 104Nm of torque. Datsun claims a fuel consumption figure of 5.2L/100km. A CVT-equipped version is likely to join the currently all-manual line-up at a later date.
Datsun Go - Price in SA
Datsun GO Mid Spec - R144 500
Datsun GO Lux Spec - R165 500
Datsun GO+ 7-seater Mid - R154 200
Datsun GO+ 7-seater Lux - R175 900
Datsun GO+ Panel Van - R155 200
The Datsun Go is old with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and an optional service plan. In addition, consumers will receive 1-year insurance with the purchase of a GO or GO+.
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