Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
In 2018, the re-introduced Datsun brand unveiled the facelifted version of the GO+ seven-seater vehicle on emerging markets and improved the vehicle’s look and safety.
When Nissan decided to have a budget-brand, it pulled the Datsun nameplate from the storage, dusted it off, and placed it on a refurbished 2010 Nissan Micra (K13). With a new front fascia and extended bodywork, the GO+ saw the light of day in 2014, but it wasn’t the expected hit on the market. Four years later, the carmaker considered upgrading the lineup.
The GO+ shared the same platform as the GO model, both based on the same platform as the former Nissan Micra. With the 2018 model update, the carmaker installed a new front bumper that included LED daytime running lights on the side scoops next to the redesigned lower grille. On its sides, the car showed the new 14” light-alloy wheels. The GO+ featured a longer greenhouse with an additional side window behind the C-pillar. In the back, Datsun installed a windscreen wiper and, as an option, parking sensors.
Inside, the GO+ featured three rows of seats. Although, judging by the interior dimensions, it was challenging to put someone in the last row. That was large enough for a shopping bag. With all seats up, the trunk was good enough for an envelope. Unlike the GO, the GO+ featured a beige dashboard with the gear-lever on the center stack. Datsun offered a new infotainment system with a touch-screen that supported Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Nissan provided the 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine that provided 68 hp. The carmaker paired it to a five-speed manual or a CVT as an option.
Nissan relaunched its Datsun brand under its Low-Cost Green Car program in 2013, and the first two products were the GO and GO+ models.
Launching a low-cost vehicle without showing a low-quality product was never easy, but in some cases, it was possible. Nissan learned from its alliance partner Renault how to do that, and it tried on its own with the Datsun. Carlos Ghosn, the then president of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, helped to relaunch the brand by presenting the Datsun GO and GO+ in New Delhi, India, in 2013.
The GO+ was the extended version of the GO, both being based on the Micra K13. It sported big angular headlights and a diamond-shaped grille at the front surrounded by a chromed surrounding. Its A-shaped lower bumper and the side-scoops mimicked a sporty look, even though the car was far from that. Its side, sculptured body, and door panels gave a modern look to the vehicle. In the rear, the GO+ featured a longer overhang than its GO sibling.
Inside, the GO+ featured three rows of seats, with the second-row fold and tumble forward to allow access to the third row. But as expected for a small-sized vehicle, it offered room just for small kids in the last row. The car provided 340 liters (12 cu-ft) of space with the third row folded, which was on par with most compact-sized hatchbacks. At the front, the small MPV featured a bench-like two seats with integrated headrests.
Nissan installed only one engine option for the GO+, a 1.2-liter gasoline engine, and paired it with a five-speed manual gearbox.