With highly-localised powertrain, the Datsun GO 1000cc is expected to be priced even more aggressively than its existing model.
Datsun India that recently rolled out the redi-GO in the country, is contemplating on launching a 1000cc version of the GO hatchback. The Datsun GO currently derives its power from a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engine which is basically the trimmed version of the Nissan Micra‘s petrol mill. And due to higher cost involved in making this engine, the company is now looking for a more affordable engine with really high-level of localisation.
One such engine could be the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s new 1000cc mill that will make its debut with the Renault Kwid later this year. With almost 99 per cent localised content, this powertrain would be ideal for the Datsun GO that’s basically an entry-level hatch. This will also help the company price it even more aggressively.
The current 1.2-litre petrol engine of the Datsun GO churns out 67bhp and 104Nm, and the new 1000cc SCe petrol engine is good for 65bhp which is more than adequate for a car with a kerb weight of 788kg. Having said that, the company’s engineers will have to work extensively on making the GO compatible for the new engine. The slightly tuned version of the 1000cc powertrain is likely to be exported overseas markets such as Africa, Brazil and Middle East.
Read Our Review – Datsun redi GO – Should You Buy It?
Read Comparison – Datsun Redi Go Vs Renault Kwid Vs Maruti Alto 800
Besides the GO 1000cc, Datsun India will also introduce its first compact SUV – GO Cross – in 2019. To be positioned above the current Datsun range, the Datsun GO Cross will take on the likes of Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza.
Though there is no official word about its launch, the Datsun GO 1L petrol model is likely to make its way to India in 2017.
|Expected Price||Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom)|
|Engine||1000cc SCe Petrol|