Datsun Go NXT
Datsun Go

Datsun is all set to give a major facelift to its budget hatchback Go. The new car is slated to come in 2017.

The comprehensive updates will be in line with the customer expectations and will address all the key issues of the car that cost the drop in sales, reports Carwale.

As per the report, the updated Go will receive bigger profile tyres. One of the major criticism when Go launched in March 2014 was the 13-inch tyres that left a huge wheel well. Datsun will change this on the facelift and will move to 14-inch wheels. The top of the line T version will be offered with an option of alloy wheels.

The cost cutting strategy of the current Go hatchback left the glove box on the passenger side without cover. The new Go will incorporate a closed glove box.

The current audio system that comes with the top-end T trim can only play music from phones and MP3 players, while the facelift will get a CD player with the option of USB and auxiliary port. The instrument cluster is likely to go full digital with gear shift indicators.

One of the biggest turn off of the current Datsun Go is the completely impractical seatbelts without retraction mechanism for rear seats. This will be addressed with new retractable seatbelts. Apart from these changes, the car will get cosmetic upgrade inside as well as outside.

The car will be powered by the same 1198cc, three-cylinder engine developing 67bhp mated to five-speed manual transmission.

All these changes are expected to boost the sale of car that only sold 687 units in July 2015. The biggest blow to the car came when it received zero-star rating last year in the safety test conducted by the Global NCAP, an umbrella body of consumer car safety testing bodies.

Subsequently, Datsun offered an airbag option to the top end variant T. That was not enough to increase the sales. Recently, Datsun launched its limited edition model Go NXT featuring reverse parking sensors and remote locking.

Datsun Go is currently priced between Rs 3.23 lakh and Rs 4.09 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.

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