Datsun South Africa has introduced self-shifting variants to its Go hatchback and Go+ seven-seater ranges, with each model featuring a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The Go Lux CVT is priced at R184 200, while the Go+ Lux CVT comes in at R194 800.
Interestingly, these CVT-equipped variants employ a stability control system, something the five-speed manual models do without, along with a front passenger seatbelt reminder (in addition to the driver’s item offered on other Go models). Dual airbags, ABS (with EBD and brake assist) and traction control are also included.
Furthermore, the firm’s familiar naturally aspirated 1,2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine delivers 57 kW (seven units more than the manual model's powerplant) and an unchanged 104 N.m to the front axle via the new CVT.
A seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality is also included, along with rear parking sensors and 14-inch alloy wheels.
“Our new CVT versions of the Datsun Go and Go+ represent a completely new experience for progressive, self-driven young drivers who’re looking for best-in-class technology,” said Hide Kuwayama, Datsun SA’s new managing director.
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