Back in May 2018, the facelifted Datsun Go was revealed in Indonesia. Now we can confirm that this updated version of the budget hatchback is due to arrive in South Africa in mid-November.
The local arm of the Nissan-backed brand says both the Go hatch and Go+ seven-seater will boast “extra safety”. This leads us to believe Datsun may finally offer its little hatchback with ABS. There's also the chance a second airbag will be added (the current derivatives feature a single airbag; the airbag-less base model was quietly removed from the local range at the start of 2018).
Interestingly, the refreshed versions of the Go and Go+ recently launched in India (the country that supplies Datsun SA with stock) come standard with ABS with EBD, dual front airbags and rear parking sensors.
The mid-cycle update will bring fresh front (now with integrated LED daytime running lights rather than foglamps) and rear bumpers as well as redesigned headlamps. The side-mirrors, meanwhile, are set to gain integrated indicators.
The Datsun Go in the press images above is wearing a body kit that adds more aggressive bumpers and a rear spoiler. Whether this option will be offered locally remains to be seen. Inside, the Indonesian- and Indian-spec Go gains a new seven-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 for some markets (a five-speed manual is still the standard gearbox).
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