It may be a far cry from the 1600 SSS of beloved memory, but this (for now at least) is the flagship of the all-new 2014 Datsun range. The five-plus-two seater Go+ MPV made its world debut on 17 September in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Nissan is hoping to create a new market niche with it, as the only three-row people-carrier in its price bracket.
It's based on the same platform as the more conventional five-seater Go hatchback, which will be coming to South Africa in the second half of 2014 at a target price of less than R100 000. If Nissan can hold that sort of pricing on the seven-seater it will indeed create its own market niche - but don't hold your breath.
The lightweight Go+ is quite small for a seven-seater at 3995mm long overall on a 2450mm wheelbase, 1635mm wide and 1485mm high, but big on versatility as its third row of seats can fold to create a family five-seater with a spacious cargo bay.
DON’T EXPECT A GREYHOUND
It's also surprisingly well-equipped; Nissan makes the point that it is the only vehicle in its price bracket with a built-in docking station for a smartphone.