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GO! GO! GO! Four years on and Datsun is all growed up

  • Budget wheels upgraded for 2019
  • Fine for families – Datsun GOes upmarket
  • Five or seven seats, spunky 1.2 engine
2018 DATSUN GO+: Budget wheels, perhaps, but pretty well-equipped.Image: Datsun SA
2018 DATSUN GO+: Budget wheels, perhaps, but pretty well-equipped.. The GO+ model has seven seats and is also available as a panel van. Image: Datsun SA

ROSSLYN, South Africa – Datsun SA is bringing new Datsun GO and GO+ models to market four years after the brand returned to South Africa under the aegis of the local Nissan operation.

Datsun products, assembled in India, were re-introduced to South Africa in 2014 to feed a perceived demand for less-expensive family transport and the brand now claims to be helping the thousands of people who need modestly priced, reliable, new wheels and now believes it’s time for a new Datsun GO and GO+.

2018 DATSUN GO+: Budget wheels, perhaps, but pretty well-equipped.Image: Datsun SA
2018 DATSUN GO+: Budget wheels, perhaps, but pretty well-equipped. Image: Datsun SA

They have now arrived and The Corner will be at the launch in northern Johannesburg on Friday November 16 after which an addendum will join this feature.

DEEP ROOTS, NEW MODELS

Nissan SA marketing director, Kabelo Rabotho. said before the event “Our new Datsun GO and GO+ represent a new experience for consumers with fresh looks, modern features and advanced technology.

”With deep roots in South Africa as an established maker of precisely-engineered, reliable, and competitively priced vehicles, Datsun is now focusing on manufacturing aspirational cars.”

The new models claim an upmarket style that will stand out in the crowd and features usually found in more expensive vehicles.

2018 DATSUN GO+: Budget wheels, perhaps, but pretty well-equipped.Image: Datsun SA
2018 DATSUN GO+: Budget wheels, perhaps, but pretty well-equipped. Image: Datsun SA

Exterior and interior upgrades, Datsun says, have given the vehicle a sporty appearance along with style, a low cost-of-ownership, safety systems, and a high level of features.

NEW GRILLE STYLING

Changes arriving with the  GO and GO+ include a redesigned grille and bumpers and 14” wheel rims. Their 1.2-litre petrol engine makes 50kW at 5000rpm and 104Nm at 4000rpm and spins a five-speed manual transmission.

Standard specification includes body-colour power external mirrors, reversing radar, intermittent/normal wipers, central locking, immobiliser, anti-lock brakes, driver and front passenger crash bags, and retractable seat belts.

The LUX grade adds from daytime lights, a rear wiper with washer, and body-colour door releases

TACHO FOR SOME MODELS

Both versions will be delivered with Android Auto and Apple Car Play connectivity (standard during the launch period), Bluetooth and USB, a glove-box lid, front and rear power window liftss, electric steering assistance, and re-designed individual front seats.

2018 DATSUN GO+: Budget wheels, perhaps, but pretty well-equipped.Image: Datsun SA
2018 DATSUN GO+: Budget wheels, perhaps, but pretty well-equipped. Image: Datsun SA

The LUX grade also includes an tachometer and a silver finish on the aircon dial, vent and interior door releases.

There are two seating arrangements, varying with the GO and GO+. The former is a five-seater, the GO+ a seven-seater – its shell also available as a panel van.

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The instrument panel holds a 19cm touchscreen infotainment screen (below, left) and aircon vents.

Follow-me-home headlights will provide light between car and house door for pre-set multiples of 30 seconds.

2018 DATSUN GO+: Budget wheels, perhaps, but pretty well-equipped.Image: Datsun SA
2018 DATSUN GO+: Budget wheels, perhaps, but pretty well-equipped. Image: Datsun SA

The reverse-parking sensors in each models have audible beeps to, Datsun says, ”give the driver confidence and improved manoeuvrability”.

The suspension system uses double-pivot front arms and ”high-response” shock-absorbers.

SENSITIVE ELECTRIC STEERING

The front disc brakes are expected last as much as 27% longer than others, are said to be 22mm thick, and require less pedal effort in normal city driving.

Speed-sensitive electric steering calculates the required assistance according to vehicle speed and steering behaviour – light at low speed, firm at high speed. – and the cars’ turning circle is 4.6m.

Customisation is said to be easy… several new Datsun-approved accessories offer ”the best performance, durability, quality and support” with personalisaton accessories such as 15” alloy wheel rims to roof spoilers. (Check with your local dealer, which can be found at the Datsun website.

…AND SO TO THE PRICES

The 2018 Datsun GO and GO+ claim 5.2 litres/100km fuel consumption for the 1.2-litre engine. Here are the November 2018 prices:

Datsun GO mid-spec – R144 500
Datsun GO Lux – R165 500
Datsun GO+ 7-seat mid-spec – R154 200
Datsun GO+ 7-seate Lux – R175 900
Datsun GO+ panel van – R155 200

Datsun GO and GO+ units will be delivered with a three-year or 100 000km warranty and a year’s insurance. Service plan optional.

2018 DATSUN GO+: Budget wheels, perhaps, but pretty well-equipped.Image: Datsun SA
2018 DATSUN GO+: Budget wheels, perhaps, but pretty well-equipped.Image: Datsun SA

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