of the most affordable cars in the Datsun stable, the five-seater Datsun GO and
the seven-seater Datsun GO+ will now get a new automatic transmission. Unlike
the Automated Manual Transmissions offered for entry level cars by competitors,
Datsun will be offering a CVT or a continuously variable transmission.
Engine: 1198cc, 3 cylinder HR12 DE engine,
Naturally Aspirated 12V DOHC EFI
Peak Power: 76hp@6000rpm
Peak Torque: 104Nm@4400rpm
Fuel efficiency: GO- 20.07kmpl (CVT) / GO+
are currently offered in a segment above the entry level for cars like the
Nissan Micra, the Honda Jazz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20.
as a first in the segment, both the GO and the GO+ will come with a CVT.
Currently both the models are offered with a 5 speed Manual transmission only.
For those who are not aware, Datsun is an automobile brand owned by Nissan of
Japan. Renault of France, Nissan of Japan and Mitsubishi of Japan have cross
holdings in each others’ companies and operate as one global entity i.e.
Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance.
India it operates as a Renault and Nissan joint venture company called Renault
Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd. While Renault and Nissan operate as two
different entities worldwide and in India in terms of product offerings, they
share among themselves several platforms.
to Datsun, this brand offers at the entry level the Redi-GO which comes in both
800cc and 1 litre variants. The 1 litre Redi-GO has an option of an AMT. The
CVT is thus being offered in the GO and the GO+. Let me get straight to the point of its
performance. I am impressed by it. While AMTs have a few things not going in
its favour like lags while shifting gears, noisy engines, jerks while shifting
gears and a park mode missing, this CVT
includes a Sports Mode, negligible lag while accelerating, low engine noise and
definitely a smooth shift in gears.
first drove the car without the sport mode and it did accelerate furiously. The
engine noise was definitely there but it was very tolerable. It upped the
100kmph mark rather easily. But the Sport Mode got me all excited. The little
engine whine that was there, almost vanished, and the gear shifts were quick
and the feel was almost like cutting through butter. The Sport Mode can only be deployed in the Drive
Mode. Once you shift the lever to this mode, you can press a tiny button on the
shift lever and get the car moving.
car handled well, though I felt the electric operated power steering was a bit
hard at slow speeds. But I definitely felt the 1198cc petrol engine behaved a
lot better with this new automatic transmission. While the same engine was
producing around 67hp peak power at around 5000 rpm with the manual
transmission, with the CVT the engine power had increased to 76hp at around
6000rpm. That’s a neat jump I felt.
peak torque that the engine earlier achieved at 104Nm at around 4000 rpm is now
achieved at 4400rpm with the CVT.
figures are identical for both the GO and the GO+. For the GO model, the fuel
efficiency has increased to 20.07kmpl with the CVT from the earlier 19.72 kmpl
with the MT.
the GO+, the fuel efficiency has decreased to 19.41kmpl with the CVT from the
19.72kmpl with the MT.
the company has not tinkered with the exteriors and interiors majorly, what it
has done apart from the introduction of the CVT is that there has been a crash
performance enhancement. Thus, there has been a front and pedestrian protection
reinforcement, side crash performance and reinforcement and roof reinforcement.
in order to improve NVH levels, the company has incorporated a high performance
isolation package in the cars for low wind noise within the cabin. There is
also improved isolation and less body holes that prevent noise from entering
the cabin. It was quite evident when I was driving. The cabin is well insulated
and outside noise is blocked to a great extent.
two models also get speed sensing auto door lock as a new feature.
other features primarily remain the same.
Datsun GO (CVT):
Length 3788mm, width 1636mm, height 1507mm,
Ground clearance 180mm Luggage space 265
litre Kerb weight: 913 kgs
Datsun GO + (CVT):
Length 3995mm, width 1636mm, height 1507mm,
Ground clearance 180mm Luggage space 347
litres (3rd row folded) Kerb
weight: 950 kgs
Chrome Front Hexagon Grille
Hawk Eye headlamp, Follow me home headlamps
Body coloured bumpers, ORVM, door handles
Front- McPherson Strut with lower
Rear- Twist beam suspension with coil
Front & Rear shock absorbers- Twin tube
Tyre: 165/70 R14
Diamond Cut Alloys wheels
Sporty urbane theme accentuated interiors
Front Door with map pockets and bottle
Full Floor console- Front 2 cup holder,
rear I litre bottle holder
Premium dual tone accentuated interiors
Both models get:
7 inches capacitive touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible,
voice recognition, HD video playback, Bluetooth connectivity, radio front
speakers, USB & Aux-in connectivity.
Power outlet in front
Power windows with auto down for driver
Airbags for front to passengers
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