Nissan India has officially started accepting the pre-orders for its budget hatchback, Datsun "Go" in India with an advance payment of ₹11,000.
Nissan, which revived the Datsun brand after almost three decades, will be selling its budget cars under this brand. Datsun Go, the Nissan's first budget offering, had made its appearance at the recently concluded Delhi auto Expo in all its four colours. The company, which started the production of Datsun Go at the Renault-Nissan alliance plant at Oragadam in Chennai, is expected to start the delivery of the vehicle in March.
When launched, Nissan's Datsun Go will take on the likes of India's best selling cars like Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Alto K10 and the Hyundai Eon. Priced in the sub ₹4 lakh range in the domestic market, "Go" hatchback will come with 1.2-litre petrol engine under the hood which can churn out a power of 74bhp and a torque of 104Nm. It is mated to five-speed manual transmission and the car is based on the Nissan's Micra platform and claims to deliver a fuel efficiency of 20.6 kmpl. It measures 3,785 mm in length, 1,635 mm in width, 1,485 mm of height and sit on a wheelbase of 2,450 mm.
Nissan, which has been operating in India through their country partner Hover Automotive, has recently announced the termination of its deal with Hover. The company will now market its brand in India on its own. Currently the auto maker has 117 dealerships across India and is eying to increase it to 350 in the next three years.