Datsun Go Plus MPV to launch in India early next year
After the successful launch of the Datsun Go compact hatchback in India, Japanese car maker Nissan Motor is all set to launch the new Datsun Go Plus MPV. The president of Nissan India Operations, Guillaume Sicard has confirmed when inquired by a reputed car portal in India that the Datsun Go Plus MPV will launch in the Indian car market right at the beginning of next year.
The Go Plus MPV will be the second model in India from the Datsun brand. The MPV market in India is highly popular and fast growing, Nissan is ready to take a slice of this highly profitable market and increase the cut throat competition even further. Post its market launch in the Indian car market, the new Datsun Go Plus MPV will be competing with some of the very popular MPVs in the country such as the recently launched Honda Mobilio, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy, Nissan’s own Evalia and Ashok Leyland Stile.
As the name suggests, the new Datsun Go Plus MPV will be based on the Go hatchback model and will get its power from the same 1.2 litre petrol engine that drives its hatchback sibling. This petrol mill has the capability to produce 68 PS of max power output, and it is mated to 5 speed manual transmission gearbox. While in the Indonesian car market, the Go Plus MPV is offered in only the petrol version, in India the vehicle is expected to be offered in both petrol and diesel models as Indians prefer diesel over petrol. However, the diesel version of the Datsun Go Plus MPV is not yet confirmed, as Nissan earlier said that the company will not offer a diesel variant of the MPV. Nevertheless, if Nissan chooses to offer the Go+ in its diesel avatar as well, then it is expected to get the Micra’s 1.5 litre diesel motor that is capable of churning out a max power output of 64 PS.
The Datsun Go Plus will be a compact MPV and will be available in a 7-seater avatar. It is also speculated to become the most affordable MPV in India, with an expected starting price of Rs. 4.2 lakhs. The vehicle will get tax benefits from the Indian government owing to its sub-4 meter length and thus can be offered at a more affordable price. The Datsun Go Plus MPV was launched in Indonesia in May this year with a price range of Rp 85 million (approximately Rs. 4.42 lakh) to 102.9 million (approximately equivalent to Rs 5.36 lakh).
Nissan India is also working on expanding the dealership network in the country, the lack of which affected the success of the Datsun Go hatchback. Datsun Go hatchback which was launched in the price range of Rs. 3.12 lakh to Rs. 3.70 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), started off as a highly competent rival to the likes of the Maruti Alto and Hyundai Eon, but could not make the expected impact in India due to lack of brand recognition. The Go+ is expected to improve this.