The limited-edition “Flash” has only just been added to the local Datsun Go range, but now the Nissan-backed brand has revealed a facelifted version of the budget hatchback in Indonesia.
The mid-cycle update has been applied to both the standard Go hatchback and the seven-seater Go+ model, which slot in below the Go Cross that was unveiled at the start of 2018 (but still has not been confirmed for South Africa).
The updated model gains fresh front (now with integrated LED daytime running lights rather than foglamps) and rear bumpers as well as redesigned headlamps. The side-mirrors, meanwhile, gain integrated indicators. No word yet on whether the updated model will gain ABS (or additional airbags over the standard driver-side item).
Interestingly, the Datsun Go hatchback in the press images above appears to be wearing a body kit that adds more aggressive bumpers and a rear spoiler. Inside, the Indonesian-spec Go gains a new 6,75-inch touchscreen infotainment system as well as an updated instrument cluster and redesigned air-conditioning vents.
While the naturally aspirated 1,2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine is carried over (still delivering 50 kW and 104 N.m to the front wheels), Datsun has added the option of an “Xtronic” continuously variable transmission (a five-speed manual is still the standard gearbox).
Datsun SA has yet to indicate when the facelifted Go and Go+ are scheduled to arrive on local shores, or indeed whether the CVT will be offered in South Africa.
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