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Datsun Go+ production commences; launch in January 2015

Snapshot: Surprisingly, despite this enhancement in length and its capacity to accommodate 7 passengers, the Datsun Go+ is a sub 4m MPV and which clearly means that it qualifies for the lower excise duties.

Datsun, the cost-effective brand of Nissan, has eventually commenced the production of its second offering for the country and the much-delayed Go+ MPV. It is being manufactured locally at the Renault-Nissan Oragadam production plant in Chennai. The company is eyeing an January launch for the MPV in India and would showcase the MPV to people towards the end of the year.

This move appears a bit strange as most of the cars manufactured during this time would be labelled as a 2014 model and wouldn't ideally help in resale. However, there is also a strong buzz that most of the MPVs manufactured before the next year would be used for display and promotional purposes. The Datsun GO+ is based on the GO hatchback and the wheelbase is also similar in both these cars. Although, the company has enhanced the length of the Go+ to accommodate the customary third row bench by 210mm. Surprisingly, despite this enhancement in length and its capacity to accommodate 7 passengers, the Datsun Go+ is a sub 4-m MPV and which clearly means that it qualifies for the lower excise duties.

Mechanically, it would be in-housing the 1.2L petrol engine which also does duties to the Go hatchback. It would also arrive in diesel avatar and would have the 1.5-litre K9K engine, which also powers the Nissan Micra. The Go-based petrol motor would churn out 68PS, while the Micra-based diesel motor would generate 66PS of maximum power. Both these engines would be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. As for features, the Go+ would have follow me home headlamps, spinal support seats and tear drop wipe function for the wipers for the sake of convenience. It is expected to be priced around Rs. 5 Lakhs for the base variant and the top-end variant might go as high as Rs. 6.5 Lakhs.

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