Likely to be launched in the second half of 2018, the new Datsun GO 2018 facelift will receive design changes and feature upgrades
Nissan’s low-cost brand, Datsun has recently unveiled the production version of the long-awaited GO Cross in the Indonesian market. Interestingly, the company has already started working on the updated version of the GO hatchback and GO+ MPV. In fact, pictures of the Datsun GO 2018 Facelift have already hit the web-world. The facelifted version of the GO hatchback was spotted at a dealership in Indonesia, giving some details about the possible changes on offer.
The new GO hatchback seems inspired from the new Cross crossover, but it lacks some features. The vehicle gets an updated front fascia with wider grille and revised headlamp, but misses out on circular fog lamps offered in the Cross. It gets the redesigned version of the existing fog lamps. Mechanically, the hatchback is expected to remain unchanged and will continue to feature the existing 67bhp, 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine.
The company has already started working on the updated version of the GO hatchback. In fact, clear pictures of the car have already hit the web-world. Exact launch date of the car is yet to be announced, but media reports suggest that the car could go on sale in the second half of 2018.
The outgoing model is priced between Rs 3.29 lakh and Rs 4.33 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With subtle design changes and feature upgrades, the new GO hatchback is expected to receive some price hike. We believe that the small car could be priced between Rs 3.5 lakh and Rs 5 lakh.
Mechanically, the GO facelift is likely to remain identical to the existing model. The Datsun GO 2018 facelift will be powered by a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that churns out a maximum power output of 67bhp at 5,000rpm along with a peak torque of 104Nm at 4,000rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a 5-speed manual gearbox. There could be a provision for an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission). Also Read – Datsun redi-GO 1.0 AMT Review
Since the engine specs for the car remains the same, it won’t see much change in fuel efficiency. The car delivers around a mileage of over 20kmpl.
The facelift version of the GO hatchback will share some of its design cues from the new Cross crossover. This new model comes equipped with an updated front fascia sans the circular fog lamps of the Cross. Upfront is a wider grille and slightly revised headlamps. The company has also revised the front bumper that accommodates wider air-dam along with the new fog lamp housings. The side profile of the car is expected to remain unchanged and looks largely identical to the Nissan Micra. The flared wheel arches have been fitted to newly styled alloy wheels. At the back, the hatchback gets a revised tail-lamp and openable boot lid that looks clean due to minimal badging.
The cabin details of the car are yet to be revealed, but the facelift might get an updated dashboard similar to the Cross. Similar to the Cross version, the hatchback could also get a touchscreen infotainment system. It will get a dual-tone interior with beige trim and feature list will include air-conditioning, new music system with AUX-in and two speakers. The top-spec model will get all-4 power windows, Mobile docking station with amplifier, central locking, multi-functional steering wheel and others.
– New front grille
– Revised headlamp
– New fog lamp enclosure
– Touchscreen infotainment system
– New wheels
– Multi-functional steering wheel
– New upholstery for seats
In terms of proportions, the hatchback is 3,785mm in length, 1,635mm in width and 1,485mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,450mm. The hatchback has a ground clearance of 170mm, which is more than sufficient to tackle Indian road conditions. It comes with a boot space of 235-litres, which is good to carry 3 suitcases.
For suspension mechanism, the hatchback will get Macpherson strut with Double Pivot lower arm at the front and H-type torsion beam at the rear. Stopping power will come from disc brake at the front and drum brake at the rear.