Datsun is back, the name officially making its return with the unveiling of the new Datsun GO in New Delhi earlier today. The five-door, front-wheel drive hatchback is scheduled to go on sale in India beginning early next year.

The GO, codenamed K2, gets the inspiration for its name from the first Datsun, which was the DAT-GO that was launched almost a century ago in Japan. The new GO will be equipped with a 1.2 litre engine, and this will be paired with a five-speed manual transmission.

The hatch – which apparently utilises the Nissan March/Micra as its base – measures in at 3,785 mm long, 1,635 mm wide and 1,485 mm tall, with a 2,450 mm-long wheelbase. The company says that the car will provide a spacious, comfortable cabin for its five occupants.


Actual equipment specs haven’t been bandied as yet, but the company says the GO will have a Mobile Docking Station to connect the driver with his/her smartphone. Functionality should as such include music streaming through the car’s audio system via the phone.

In terms of pricing, as mentioned in passing in an earlier report today, the Datsun GO will be attractively priced, entering the competitive Indian market at below 400,000 rupees (RM21,210). Assembly is set to occur at one of the Renault-Nissan factories at Oragadam in Chennai.

The announcement of the Datsun GO for India is set to be followed by the introduction of several Datsun models, the first being sometime next year. Target markets aside from India are Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. Nissan expects to sell around 150,000 to 200,000 Datsuns in India annually.