Reborn Japanese brand, Datsun is leaving no stone unturned to make sure it enters the autoworld with a big bang. Its low cost sedan, based on the Lada Granta platform, was caught testing, without camouflage, in Russia.
The platform was developed by AvtoVAZ in collaboration with Renault.
The name is still under wraps but expect the car to debut at the Moscow Motor show in August.
Typical Datsun looks adorn the vehicle front and back. The “family” grill and large headlamps complete the front look along with the sculpted bonnet. A spoiler tip on the bootlid just above the Datsun logo finish the rear look. A chrome strip just over the loading bay will give a upmarket feel to the entry level sedan.
This sedan will be powered by the same engine as the Go, 1.2 litre but with better power figures.
Now the important news, is it relevant to the Indian market? No. Indian will only get the Go hatch, Go+ MPV and the I2 small car. This sedan is not likely to make it to Indian roads for the next three years at the least.
Overall this is not so much of a looker, most entry level sedans aren`t. Look at the Etios for reference. The main idea behind an entry level sedan is just to offer space at an affordable price and hence companies avoid spending money on looks.
To enter a volatile market like India Datsun needs to focus on two things : low cost cars and better brand value. And Datsun is working on just those factors presently.
Datsun has confirmed that the Go hatch production will be flagged of on the 4th of february at the company`s plant in Oragadam near Chennai. The factory itself is the joint production of Renault and Nissan.
The Datsun Go hatch will compete against the Maruti Suzuki Alto, Chevy Spark and the Hyundai Eon. The Datsun Go+ MPV will go head to head with the MS Ertiga.
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