Datsun has launched the Go today at a starting price of Rs 3.12 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. There was little surprise with its pricing since Datsun had announced in the past that the top-end model will be priced under Rs 4 lakh (it’s Rs 3.7 lakh). While the Go’s price isn’t a surprise, it sure is going to give its competition plenty of reasons to worry about because you get a lot of car for very little money and that pretty much is the trump card in the Indian car market.
So we see many of you queuing into the nearest Nissan showroom looking to purchase the Go. Here’s an understanding of the variants to help you pick the best mix of features.
The Go technically comes in four variants – D, D1, A and T. But the difference between the first two is almost negligible, in price and features, so you have three variants to choose from. The D is as barebones as they come – black bumpers, only driver’s side rear view mirror, manual winding windows and no air conditioner. But Datsun knows that most owners will want to ooze out every drop of petrol at as slow a rate as possible so the Go D gives instantaneous fuel consumption readings, average fuel consumption and distance to empty reading on the instrument cluster. The D trim Go also gets follow me home headlamps, nice touch for a budget hatchback. The D1 gets a few cubby holes, a bottle holder and crucially the left hand side mirror and that's why it’s the entry variant to go for since it costs only Rs 2,500 more than the D trim.
The mid-spec A trim at Rs 3.46 lakh gets you air conditioning, body coloured bumpers, different seat covers and a bit of premium feel with the chrome ring around the front grille in addition to the base variants. The top-end T variant doesn’t come kitted to the brim but essential features for the most expensive model in the line-up have been given. So for about Rs 23,500 extra over the A trim, it gets a simple music system (that’s actually your smart phone connected to two front speakers via an aux cable), speed sensitive power steering that weighs up as you drive faster, front power windows, wheel covers and body coloured door handles. We hear that Datsun is only shipping the top-end variant to dealerships to begin with. So if you are in a hurry to buy the Go, the T trim will only be available.
Datsun has also formulated several accessory packages for the Go and since the car is quite spartan as it comes, we think many will opt for accessories with the Go. Things like alloy wheels, a proper music system with USB, CD, radio and aux-in, rear speakers, fog lamps and leather seats could be popular additions to the Go.
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