Datsun has revealed its second model, which has made its official debut ahead of the 2013 Indonesian International Motor Show that starts on Thursday. It’s called the Datsun GO+, a pretty self-explanatory name when you consider what the GO+ is – essentially a seven-seater version of the Datsun GO hatchback.
If Thailand is the land of the pick-up truck, Indonesia is the land of the MPV, a good place for Datsun’s MPV to debut. The Datsun GO+ is powered by a 1.2 litre engine mated to a five-speed gearbox.
It measures 3,995 mm long, 1,635 mm wide and 1,485 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,450 mm. Based on the wheelbase, that’s a full segment smaller than the Grand Livina.
The Datsun GO and GO+ will be built at Nissan Motor’s Purwakarta plant, 80 km from Jakarta. Both models will go on sale next year in Indonesia at a starting price of below 100 million Rupiah, which translates to below RM29,000, a very interesting price indeed.
Even if the GO+ is only in reality a five-plus-two seater because of its small size, it would still give a lot of families with smaller children some safety belts for the sixth and seventh passengers, which is way better than squeezing everyone into a five-seater hatch. We don’t see any three point seatbelts for the third-row based on the photos, but there are lap belts.
“Today we are breathing new life into this historic brand. Why? Because there are a number of consumers here in Indonesia and other high-growth consumer markets who dream of car ownership,” said Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, who unveiled the car in Jakarta.
No word on whether the Datsun brand is destined for Malaysia, but we reckon as long as Proton and Perodua exists, there is no market, or at least one that would be competitive. Click here for details, pics and videos of the Datsun GO hatchback.
Live pix courtesy of Autonetmagz.