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Toyota Prius Reviews – Toyota Prius Price, Photos, and Specs

Toyota Prius Price in India

 

The Toyota Prius had set a new benchmark in the luxury hybrid car segment. The new Toyota Prius has been upgraded in terms of performance parameters and styling features. The exteriors feature new LED headlamps and fog lamps with daytime running lights. The new interior features introduced in this model include a multi-information instrument cluster with a head-up display and a new touchscreen display music system with 10 speakers. The safety features of seven airbags, including driver knee airbag, ABS with EBD and traction control, are featured in this model.

EXTERIOR AND STYLE

Most of the automakers spend relatively more time on the drawing board when it comes to designing a hybrid or electric vehicle. There are no exceptions in the case of the Prius, as Toyota has paid special attention to the futuristic styling of this hybrid vehicle. It is indeed an attention seeker because of its unique design and for the fact that there are very few examples on our roads. Up front the Prius boasts of a sharp headlight cluster housing projector lamps along with a thin grille divided by the Toyota logo, which is highlighted in blue shade to tell that it’s a hybrid Toyota. On the front bumper it gets a wide air inlet that integrates fog lamps alongside vertically shaped turn indicators, which is a neat touch.

The side profile of the Toyota Prius reflects a fish like design. The steeply raked windshield blends with the swoopy roofline that ends immediately at the angular shaped tail of the car. There is a sharp shoulder line on the side that erupts from the headlights and continues till the tail lights. The 15-inch wheels look a tad small in proportion to the well-sized body. The rear is the most attractive part of the Prius, where the hatch acts as a rear windshield blended with the roofline, which drops flat at the end, pointed with a sharp edge that looks like an integrated spoiler. The rear bumper is big and chunky and the vertical tail lamps are sharply treated with shiny bits, attracting good attention at the rear.

INTERIOR AND COMFORT

The new Toyota Prius has received an interior with just enough changes to call it new. The car’s traditional high-mounted driver information cluster appears to have remained in place. In fact, this particular design strategy has been a staple for quite some time now, going all the way back to Asian models like the Toyota Vios.The multi-layered dashboard is a nice touch and I also like how the chrome trim creates a separate compartment for the new infotainment screen and the HVAC control buttons at the bottom.

The biggest issue I see is the size and positioning of the gear shifter. It’s one thing for the shifter to be small or located in an unusual place. It’s another thing for it to be both, which is what you’ll get on the new Prius. The white surround does pop out from the mostly black interior, but it looks like it’s made of plastic. The mobile phone charger and the cup holders in the tunnel are nice and functional additions.For the most part, the cabin looks clean and smooth, although it might have been better off with a more traditional transmission tunnel instead of having the shifter resemble a video game joystick.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

The Toyota Prius uses Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive that in this application comprises a 98hp, 1.8-litre petrol engine – that runs the efficient Atkinson cycle – and a 53kW (72hp) electric motor that draws power from a 6.5Ah nickel-metal hydride battery. Do note, the latest Prius is also available with a superior lithium-ion battery but the higher cost is sure to have ruled it out for India. The combined output of the hybrid system is 122hp.Getting going in a Prius is an occasion, or actually a non-occasion. Provided there’s enough juice in the battery, the Prius will come to life in full-electric mode giving you the opportunity to make a noise and emission-free getaway. The Prius can run in full-electric mode, and on battery power alone, at speeds up to 50kph but you’ll have to be gentle with throttle inputs to manage so; the combustion engine wakes up when the system senses that more power is needed, or simply when the battery needs charging. Full-electric mode is perfectly useable in city traffic and there’s ample power on call to keep pace with traffic. When the engine does kick in, you can feel the additional power at your disposal. With both engine and motor at work, the Prius does manage to feel brisk enough. What is good is that the CVT gearbox doesn’t spoil the experience as it does on the Camry Hybrid, with far less of that irritating ‘rubber band’ effect. But outright performance is anyway not the focus here, fuel economy is. The Prius boasts an ARAI-tested fuel economy of 26.27kpl, though the car’s onboard computer showed a figure closer to 18kpl on our drive that included city streets and smooth moving highway stretches. Think about it, only a few small cars deliver that sort of efficiency.

Also impressive is the Prius’ overall level of refinement. The petrol engine runs quietly for the most part and only sounds strained when you really extend it, while much of the other sounds from outside stay where they belong.The new Prius is the first car to be built on Toyota’s new modular TNGA platform that will eventually underpin everything from compact sportscars to SUVs. And if the Prius’ generally impressive driving manners are a sign of things to come, there’s a lot to expect from future Toyotas. Yes, this is a Prius that you can actually have some fun behind the wheel of. It does roll considerably in the corners but the steering feels nicely weighted and offers pretty good feel, and there is good grip on offer too. Even brake pedal feel (the Prius uses regenerative braking) is much improved. And though squeaky, the low rolling resistance tyres also hold on quite gamely. Make no mistake though. The new Prius is not a sporty car. But rather than feeling like an appliance as old Prius models did, this one feels like a nice-to-drive mainstream car. For one, it’s a whole lot nicer to drive than Toyota’s own Camry Hybrid.

RIDE AND HANDLING

Strong disc brakes clamp down on the front as well as the rear, and we thought that the overall braking quality was superb. Cornering is easy, and slowing down and halting requires little strain. There is no body roll, but high speed does shake up the inside a bit. Coming to the suspension system, there is a McPherson strut armed onto the front axle. We thought that the overall ride was comfortable enough, but conditions could defer depending on the road terrain. The vehicle absorbs moderate road anomalies well, and we thought an average Indian passenger would feel quite satisfied with the overall comfort.

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BRAKING AND SAFETY

The Toyota Prius Hybrid features has ventilated disc brakes at the front and solid disc brakes at the rear. The firm grip on the road by the alloy wheels is further improved with anti-lock braking system, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and traction control, assuring effortless driving on all sources. The safety features in this variant include airbags for the driver, co-passenger, side airbag at the front, curtain airbags at the rear and driver knee airbag.

CONCLUSSION

Here’s the thing with the new Prius ­­– given the lack of support from the government in terms of taxation, it is expensive. What’s more, one can buy more conventional cars for similar money that offer better features, more driving fun, and even higher practicality and comfort. What these conventional cars lack, however, is a statement. So, if I had an M3 in my garage to burn both fuel and rubber over the weekends, and I had judgmental friends at the club, I’d buy the Prius as my second car in a heartbeat; you know to handle the daily commute and put a lid on the club gossip.

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Toyota Prius Ex Showroom Price in Kolkata ranges from  45,24,000/- (Prius Z8) to  45,24,000/- (Prius Z8).Toyota Prius has 1 Variants of Hybrid are available in India. Toyota Prius comes in 7 colours, namely Emotional Red,Attitude Black Mica,Grey Metallic,Silver Metallic,White Pearl Crystal Shine,Super White,Dark Blue Mica Metallic.

New BMW X5 review, road test

BMW X5 Price In India

 

BMW, the Munich based luxury motor brand, has been selling a fleet of luxurious SUVs and sedans in India. X5, being one of its much anticipated SUV, has been launched by the company in an all new avatar in a bid to entice more buyers and set its cash registers ringing at the Indian auto industry. Presenting the third generation of this SUV, BMW wheeled out X5 in form of a single variant – xDrive30d Design Pure. It is being offered at a price of Rs. 70.9 Lakhs, Ex. Showroom, India. There is an array of cosmetic changes being carried out in the SUV both inside and out. The German engineers haven’t left any stone unturned in making it luxurious than ever and loading it with never-seen-before off-roading capabilities. Being touted as world’s most successful ‘Sports Activity Vehicle’, it is being manufactured locally at company’s Chennai plant which has subsequently resulted in a lesser price. The company also announced that its deliveries would be commenced by June end across all the dealerships available in India. Being presented with company’s Twinturbo V6 diesel motor, it has the requisite potential to non-nonchalantly outclass its contemporaries.

 

EXTERIOR AND LOOK

As previously mentioned, there isn’t a whole lot worth talking about when it comes to these spy shots. The vehicle is clearly a BMW X5, but it has no side skirts, a minimal front fascia, and some headlights that look like they were borrowed from a 2000 BMW X5. The front fascia may be the skeleton of what the next X5’s will look like, but at this point, even that is speculation. If that hood is what we’ll see on the production model, it will be significantly toned down from the current model, but chances are, it is just a decoy used on this early test mule.

Looking at the sides, we can make out a body line along the doors and fenders that is similar to the current model. Since there is also lower body lines, it’s possible these doors will make it onto the next production model. To the rear, there is a rather bland fascia that will likely be styled completely differently by the time we see the next go around at testing. I don’t even know what to say about the taillights. If they are part of the new design, they will be a huge departure from the current model. It is important to keep in mind, however, that these are likely makeshift lights, used to make the test mule road legal, of new units under very heavy camo.

 

INTERIOR AND COMFORT

A luxurious cabin is pivotal for shoppers at this price point and the new X5 delivers quite well on that front. From the moment you get behind the wheel, the cabin feels elegantly put together with plenty of quality materials around. An unlacquered belt of wood runs across the facia and is neatly integrated around the gearlever and in the doorpads as well. Then there’s the crisp, high-definition 10.2-inch media interface that’s powered by BMW’s iDrive system, which is still the most intuitive to use. What’s especially useful is that the screen can be split in two, letting you customise the content on display. So you can choose to have your music information and navigation displayed together, or even real-time power and torque figures, which are fun to look at. Also, the screen is quite non-reflective and has superb clarity, as does the rear-view camera.The pampering continues with an onboard LTE/3G WiFi hotspot and in-car Facebook and Twitter apps. There’s internet radio too! Standard equipment includes a brilliant-sounding Harman Kardon audio setup, four-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity (which is very easy to pair with) and cruise control. The iDrive controller now gets a convenient scratchpad which lets you scribble alphabets or numbers with your finger, for easier access to your phonebook and playlists. If anything, it teaches you to write with your left hand!

The large front seats offer great all-round support and are very comfortable, regardless of your build. But shorter drivers may find the instrument binnacle a bit too high even with the seat jacked up. Moving to the middle row, the 40:20:20 splitting seats are nicely cushioned and can be sufficiently reclined, but the squab itself feels a size too small, leading to limited thigh support. Knee room, however, is good and the flat floor means the middle occupant sits in reasonable comfort. What’s disappointing, though, is the third row – utility is limited strictly to children. The seats are half-size and even after sliding the second row forward, adults will find getting in or out neither easy nor very dignified.So while this may technically be a seven-seater, the X5 is best used as a five-seater with the last row folded down, which makes room for a very accommodating 650 litres of baggage. The split tailgate is carried over from before, with the top-half being electrically operated; the extent to which it opens is adjustable too.

 

ENGINE AND GEARBOX

The BMW X5 comes with only one engine option, which is the xDrive 30d. This is a 3.0-litre straight six diesel engine that makes 258bhp of max power and 559Nm of torque. The transmission is a eight-speed unit that transmits the power to all four wheels. It has four driving modes, as usual Eco-Pro mode for lesser gas emission and better fuel efficiency, Comfort for normal driving, Sport mode for a real BMW driving experience and then last being a Sport+ mode which is specifically created for an individual driving pleasure where it automatically turns off the electronic stability program (ESP).

The 3.0-litre engine just does not give you anytime to think and react, once the gas pedal is pressed hard, it just takes off the mark in no time. The power delivery was more than adequate to put sedans to a shame, thanks to the equal distribution of the power to the front and rear wheels. The Sport mode will give you a thrilling experience catching up three digit speeds ina very short span of time. Shifting from Eco-Pro to Sport mode brings prompt and evident changes in its driving dynamics such as the heaviness of the steering wheel and surge of power behind the wheels and the needle touching the red line mark before every gearshift.

 

DRIVING DYNAMICS

The X5 takes a departure from other BMW’s in the dynamics department. Based on the 5-Series platform, the X5 doesn’t feel stiff like BMW’s are known for but the ridiculously low profile tyres on our test car do take a toll on the ride quality when you go on really bad roads. These 285/35/21 and 325/30/21 tyres are optional and the chances of damaging the rim on our bad roads are quite high. There is no space save either and it’s best to stick with the regular 18-inch wheels. The ride quality is good on Comfort mode, there is no thud on bad roads but the car becomes too harsh on Sport modes which becomes immediately apparent as soon as you switch the mode.

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In Sport+ mode, the traction control switches off and the modes also alter the steering and suspension besides tweaking the engine and gearbox. The X5 comes with air suspension and electronic damper control, the rear suspension is also self levelling. Ground clearance isn’t as much as you would expect from an SUV and you can’t manually raise the ride height either, this does hamper off-roading although the X Drive system is more than up for the job to traverse any given path (it can send 100% power to either axle). The steering is well weighed but doesn’t get too heavy at high speeds and has a bit of slack in the centre at certain speeds, it isn’t as responsive as other BMWs. Handling is good but all that weight does result in some body roll when you aggressively push the X5 around corners. The SUV does remain glued to the road at high speeds and braking performance is excellent with speeds shedding in no time.

 

SAFETY

The company has not compromised in matters related to safety as this machine comes loaded with an array of elements that increases the level of security. Around six airbags are on the offer to prevent possible injury caused due to an impact, while all the occupants get three point seat belts with front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and force limiters. Electronic immobilizer safeguards the vehicle from theft, whereas the advanced ABS, cornering brake control as well as dynamic stability control are helpful in boosting the braking performance besides keeping the machine in good control. Other attributes such as the BMW Condition Based Service, ISOFIX child seat mounting and run flat indicator also aid for a safer journey.

 

CONCLUSSION

It is hard to really draw a conclusion on a model that is so heavily camouflaged, and lacking so many production-ready features. What I can say is that based on how well the X5 evolved from the first generation to the second, that BMW isn’t likely to disappoint when this model is finally spotted in full production form. I was already a big fan of the X5 in its current form, so I’m hoping that Bimmer doesn’t go overboard with trying to improve the model. I’m looking forward to seeing the next shots we get of the future X5.

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Bmw X5 Ex Showroom Price in Jaipur ranges from  67,90,000/- (X5 xDrive30d Expedition) to  80,08,850/- (X5 xDrive30d M Sport).Bmw X5 has 5 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Bmw X5 comes in 6 colours, namely Black Sapphire (metallic),Alpine White,Glacier Silver (metallic),Space Grey (metallic),Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect (metallic),Sparkling Brown ( Metallic ).

Here’s why SBI Cap initiates coverage on Tiger Logistic with ‘buy’

SBI Cap Securities has initiated coverage with a buy rating on Tiger Logistic, saying as revenues growing at 25 percent CAGR over the past 5 years, it foresees the company almost doubling its net profit margin to 4.7 percent by FY19 in a span of 5 years.

The brokerage house has set a target price of Rs 275 for the stock, giving an upside potential of 27 percent from current levels.

It has valued Tiger at a P/E of 20x of its FY18 earnings estimate, which it believes is on conservative side as average of industry is way above it at 22.8.

SBI Cap says its well diversified business portfolio, asset light business model, focus on new areas, expansion in new domestic markets, higher focus on defence logistics and focus on improving import logistics revenue share are key investment rationales.

Tiger is one of the country’s leading providers of end-to-end supply chain solutions. Incorporated in 2000, Tiger entered into logistic space with a prime focus on international logistics.

The company has well diversified horizontal business spread. It currently operates as international freight forwarders, custom clearance agents, transporters, custom consultants and project transportation specialists with no geographical boundaries.

Moreover, with no client contributing more than 17 percent of the topline, the business is also vertically well spread with reduced dependence of revenue on any single client, the brokerage house says.

Company operates in 3 segments – one is multimodal logistic, which accounts for approximately 55 percent of total revenue, second is transportation, which accounts for around 20 percent and lastly the custom house agent, which accounts for rest of the pie.

Majority of its revenue is sourced from sectors like automobiles (contributed 23 percent to FY16 revenue), project logistics (34 percent), commodities (20 percent), defence (around 10 percent) & others.

It says past performance of the company instills a sense of confidence & belief about the future prospects of company.

Company’s topline has grown at a CAGR of 23 percent in last 5 years, whereas company’s operating profits have grown at a CAGR of 24 percent during same period which highlights its margin improvement efforts. This growth is far above industry average for the same period. The growth in top line is driven by growth in volumes. However, realisation per TEU’s (twenty-foot equivalent unit) has declined due to competitive scenario.

As compared to its peers (Gateway Distriparks, VRL Logistics, Gati, Sical Logistics, Kesar and Allcargo), Tiger has outperformed in terms of revenue and PAT growth. Tiger has a competitive return on capital employed and return on equity. It has high growth potential, majorly because of its higher focus on international logistics and its potential business growth from import logistic, the brokerage house believes.

India spends around 14.4 percent of its GDP on logistics and transportation as compared to less than 8 percent by the other developing countries as per The Associated Chamber of Commerce & Industry of India.

SBI Cap says Indian logistics industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 9 percent between 2015 and 2020. Indian freight transport market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.35 percent by 2020 driven by the growth in the manufacturing, retail, FMCG and e-commerce sectors. Freight transport market in India is expected to be worth USD 307.70 billion by 2020.

It further says logistic industry has a strong positive correlation with economic activity. From the overall market trend and macro economic analyses it can be understood that the overall macro factors like infrastructure spending, Make in India, revival in investment cycle and GST rollout are in favor of logistics.

However, the brokerage house says the risk for its recommendation could be company’s dependency on other logistic player, change in foreign regulation & policy, any delay in infra projects and raising working capital & debtors collection days.

Source: MoneyControl

Datsun Go Review & Specifications

Datsun Go Price in India

 

Datsun unveiled their first Indian product a hatchback which they christened as GO couple of months ago.The Sketches which were revealed earlier clearly showed that the new hatchback looks aggressive and stylish as well, and when it was finally unveiled it looked almost same as it was highlighted in the sketch. Datsun is all set to launch the GO on 19th March to compete against the other small car manufacturers of India like the Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai which are already present in the Indian market for quite some now. The Datsun GO hatchback is presently being developed by Nissan India at its Chennai technical facility.

 

EXTERIOR AND LOOK

Similar is the case with the Indian car market. The sub 4-metre and the small size engine duty have made the business a bit too complicated for car manufacturers. Compact-size sedans and even SUVs are making their way, with some compromise. However, Datsun has introduced a larger hatch called as the Datsun GO+. It is being marketed as a compact utility vehicle and does it do that? We take it for a weekend camping trip and find out how much of the addition exists.

The PLUS stands for the larger boot and additional third row of seating. The Datsun GO+ is based on the GO, and it shows the striking resemblance. The fascia’s of both are the same and the body design is the same till the rear door. After which the belt line rises as you move towards the rear and even the wheel haunches are protuberant. The blacked-out door pillar after the rear door (C-pillar) has a lesser glass area and this makes it very prominent. The roof also gently slopes downwards towards the rear. The boot lid of the Datsun GO+ is a new body part and the tail lamps are the same as the GO. The rear bumper looks stylish and does look muscular.

The length of the Datsun GO+ is under 4 metres, so it is as long as the Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire. However, what this offers is extra flexibility with another row of seating or a humongous boot, when compared to the compact sedans and SUVs. As the ground clearance is the same, it drives like any other compact car and is easy to manoeuvre through tight city lanes with a turning radius of 4.6 metres.

 

INTERIOR AND COMFORT

Get inside this new hatch and you will like what you find inside, definitely Hyundai has set a new benchmark when it comes to interiors with their budget hatch Eon and when you compare Datsun Go’s interior the later looks and feels pretty basic and bland.The front dashboard looks boring with the round air vents which has once again been borrowed from Nissan Micra what is interesting though is that you won’t be getting any audio player with this new hatch instead Datsun has provided a holder which can hold any mobile audio device such as an I-pod or your mobile and it also has been provided with a aux in audio input jack so your phone or I-pod becomes in car entertainment system. The rest of the instrument cluster and dials looks pretty basic too but the small digital display provides lot of useful information such as rev counter, trip computer for average fuel consumption and fuel gauge.

Let me mention one more interesting thing about the dashboard here the gear lever has been fitted along with the dashboard in order to save space in the front seats. The dashborad does not have a glovebox instead it has a parcel tray just beneath the dashboard.The front seat or it would sound appropriate if I call it a bench because just between the two front bucket seats there is an additional cushion which joins both the driver and passenger seats and it can easily fit a third passenger but Datsun in particular has made it clear that this small space is strictly for a small children. Another disappointing thing is that although it has been provided with a cushioning there are no seat belts provided for the third passenger at the front.

The designers have given this new hatch a wider shape and thus have pushed the doors and wheels at the front and rear end of the car to create more space in its interiors moreover it also has been provides with a 265 liters of boot space where you can store some luggage easily which too is impressive for a entry level hatch of this size.The Go hatch interiors are definitely not luxurious but has ample of space inside although the interiors looks bit dull and boring with grey plastics and seat fabrics but this is only an entry level hatch and so expecting anything more will be bit silly.

 

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

With a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol motor already doing duty in the Micra and Micra Active, Nissan didn’t have to look too far for an engine. In brief, it’s an all-aluminium unit that produces 67bhp at 5,000rpm. And with just 788kg to hurl around, it does a rather impressive job of giving the Go some real go. A bit of hesitation at low revs apart, the Datsun feels very peppy at typical city speeds and it responds well to light throttle inputs. You can also pull away from low engine speeds in higher gears with ease, which means fewer gearshifts. Part of the credit for this goes to the smartly chosen (if slightly tall) gear ratios. Interestingly, the Go doesn’t use the Micra’s Renault-sourced gearbox (code: JH), because it was too expensive. Instead, Nissan has dusted off an older five-speed unit (code: FY) and pressed it into service here. This is not the most modern of gearboxes and there’s a noticeable whine at all times. The gearshift is slightly notchy too, but doesn’t require much effort. Neither does the clutch, which is light and progressive.

The mid range and top end of this motor are the best bits, with power flowing seamlessly and never leaving you wanting for more. There’s a delightful little surge every time you floor the throttle in the meat of the revband. The engine does get noisy after 4,000rpm, but never to point of feeling strained or harsh. That’s probably because Nissan has fixed the rev limiter at a rather low 5,250rpm in the interest of fuel economy, so you’ll often find yourself maxing the car in each gear earlier than you’d expect.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

The Datsun Go handles almost all the irregularities of the Indian roads pretty well with only the large pot holes giving it the wobble. The suspension does a nice job of absorbing them but the absence of any kind of insulation means even though you won’t feel the smallest of the disturbances of the roads, you will hear them.The light steering is good for the city driving and gains good weight on the highways at higher speeds. Straight line stability is good but an upgrade for the tyres is strictly recommended. Braking is satisfactory but without ABS, sudden braking made both the car and us nervous.

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SAFETY FEATURES

The Datsun GO features a speed-sensitive electronic power steering system, which is well weighed. It isn’t as light as a Hyundai, but is convenient for both – city as well as highway duties. The gearbox has precise throws but feels a tad notchy.The downside for the Datsun GO is lack of enough safety features. Unlike the Alto 800, the GO doesn’t get airbags on any of its variants. While it runs disc brakes up front, it doesn’t get anti-lock brakes. Wheel lock-ups are therefore, evident under hard braking

 

CONCLUSSION

Our initial stint with the Datsun GO has impressed us. The car has a lot going for it. While most vehicles in this segment offer a compromised product, Nissan has given first time car buyers a genuinely good alternative although cost cutting is glaringly evident in many places. The GO not only ticks the right boxes when it comes to important criterias like space, comfort, ride quality, efficiency and affordability, it is also appealing and not obnoxiously shaped like some of its rivals. The 2-year/unlimited mileage warranty is just the cherry on the GO (no pun intended) and as ironic as it may sound, the GO’s chief rival has its name in its tagline. Nissan is serious about the Indian market and with its solo journey commenced for sales and service, the Datsun GO is undoubtedly one of the best cars for the first time car buyer.

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Datsun Go Ex Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from  3,27,503/- (Go D) to  4,27,440/- (Go T Optional).Datsun Go has 5 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Datsun Go comes in 6 colours, namely Ruby,Sky,Silver,Grey,White,Blue.