Unveiled in Jakarta on Sep 18, 2013 was Datsun's second new model, an MPV. Its simply called the Datsun GO+, a sub-4 meter MPV that will appeal to buyers from Indonesia as well as India. The new MPV along with the GO hatchback will be hit the road next year. Datsun GO+ be will be priced below 100 Million Indonesian rupiah (INR 5.5 lakhs). It will start at the same price or maybe even less in India.
Datsun GO+ is a cleverly designed MPV which has savings for the manufacturer written all over it. It is based on the GO hatchback's 2,450 wheelbase and is exactly the same as as the hatch, except for the added rear hang, which accommodates the last row of seats. This reduces production cost significantly.
Datsun GO+ is powered by the same 1.2L engine from the GO and Micra hatchbacks. A diesel engine has not yet been announced. The engine will be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox.
The MPV is a 5+2 seater and measures 3,995 mm long, 1,635 mm wide and 1,485 mm high. GO+ will offer stiff competition to Ertiga and the yet to be launched Honda Brio based MPV.
The interior is the mirror image of the Datsun, with the dash mounted gear stick. It will also come equipped with 'Datsun Mobile Docking Station'.
While the mid row appears to offer decent legroom, the last row is more likely to be cramped, with missing headrests. But it would still be spacious enough for kids. These can also be folded to increase boot space.
Datsun has managed to keep the overall design appealing. The sloping roofline does a good job at that. GO hatchbacks rear doors look odd on the MPV though.
With the second row seats folded, it offers a better view of the last row, which look vestigial. But it is never-the-less, useful.
Here is a rear view of the interior of the car showing the impressive space the GO+ offers, with the both second and last row seats folded.
As a cost cutting measure, even the hatch door from the GO has has been retained as it is.
"With the return of the Datsun brand, we are changing mobility. And we're ensuring greater access to the pride, independence and opportunities that car ownership provides. It's exciting to know that, for many Indonesians, the first new car they buy will be a Datsun", said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO, unveiling the cars.