Datsun had come under heavy fire in November 2014 when Global-NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) criticised the Go hatchback for being very unsafe after failing its crash tests. The way the crash tests were conducted and the report by G-NCAP were very sketchy, and it was hypocritical of the organisation to single out the company in the manner it did. Anyhow, during the launch of the Go+ compact-MPV, Datsun made a commitment that it would add a safer variant to both the cars in its Indian portfolio. Datsun has recently introduced new variants to the Go and Go+ which are safer, thanks to the addition of a driver-side airbag.
While the whole Go hatchback and Go+ MPV have benefitted from stronger sheet metal being used all around for better crash absorption, new top-end variants have been added to both the vehicle lineups. The Datsun Go T(O) and Datsun Go+ T(O) receive an additional driver-side airbag to allay the safety concerns of prospective customers. The new variants are marginally expensive than the correspondent non-airbag variant which should make the choice simpler for those customers who do not want to compromise on safety.
The Datsun Go T (O) variant is priced at Rs. 4.19 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi and is about Rs. 16,000 more expensive than the standard ‘T’ variant. With the addition of the new variant, the Datsun Go is now priced from Rs. 3.23 lakh to Rs. 4.19 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Meanwhile, the Datsun Go+ T (O) is priced at Rs. 4.81 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi, which is Rs. 15,000 more expensive than the standard ‘T’ variant. The Datsun Go+ range is now priced from Rs. 3.97 lakh to Rs. 4.81 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Other airbag-equipped cars in this price range include Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 [Lxi (Airbag), Lxi CNG and VXi (airbag) variants], Hyundai Eon (Sportz variant), Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 [VXi (O) variant], Maruti Suzuki WagonR [VXi (O) variant with dual-airbags], Maruti Suzuki Celerio (ZXi variant) and Maruti Suzuki WagonR Stingray [VXi (O) variant].