Nissan's low cost brand Datsun is leaving no stone unturned in its effort to tap new markets. The company, which is in its expansion mode is now ready to enter the South African market with its small hatchback Go.
Datsun Go will open its South African chapter on 20 October with prices starting at just R89 500, which is roughly ₹4.96 lakh. The car, which rides on Nissan Micra platform will be sold in two trims- Mid and Lux and is powered by 1.2-litre, 12-valve three-cylinder petrol engine, which can churn out a power of 68bhp and a peak torque of 110Nm.
Seated on a wheelbase of 2450mm, it measures 3785mm in length, 1635mm in width and 1485mm in height and offers ground clearance of 170mm. While the basic Mid gets a price tag of R89 500, the second variant Lux comes for R99 500.
In South Africa, Go will be sold through the existing Nissan dealerships and the company is also planning dealership network expansion in the coming months. Like in India, Datsun Go targets the youth and first time buyers in the country.
Meanwhile, in India Nissan is getting ready for the launch of its second offering from Datsun brand--Go+ MPV, which is expected to reach the Indian shores in January.
The MPV, which is already in the Indonesian market will pack 1,198cc three cylinder 12 valve petrol motor under the hood, which can churn out a power of 68PS @5,000 rpm and a peak torque of 104nm @4,000 rpm, coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox.
In India, the new Datsun MPV will compete with Maruti Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy, Nissan Evalia and Honda Mobilio.