Datsun Go
Downsizing engine is not expected to make significant difference in the performance of the Go. Pictured: Datsun Go NXTPR handout

Datsun is reportedly planning to downsize the engine in its first car model for India, the Go. The hatchback is currently powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that develops 67bhp. This makes the 788kg car go faster. However, employing a downsized mill will help Datsun price the car competitively. Hence, Datsun may introduce 1.0-litre petrol unit in the Go.

The purported 1.0-litre engine will be the same unit that will debut with the Renault Kwid 1000cc soon, reports Autocar. Renault India showcased this engine-equipped Kwid at the Auto Expo 2016 in February. Datsun is expected to use this engine as part of Renault-Nissan alliance.

Downsizing the engine is not expected to cause a significant drop in the performance of the Go. The new 1.0-litre engine is expected to make close to 65bhp. This means that the drop in power will be just 2 to 3bhp.

The current 1.2-litre engine is made of expensive components, many of which are exported. On the other hand, the 1.0-litre engine will be manufactured mostly with local components. The gain accomplished by choosing the new engine is expected to get reflected in the prices of the Go range, which start at Rs 3.25 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.

The features and the design of the Go will remain untouched. The top spec version of the Go flaunts body-coloured bumpers, Mobile Docking Station (MDS), front power windows, USB charger, central locking and speed-sensitive wipers.