Datsun, Nissan's low cost car brand, has revealed the next product in its international lineup - the redi-GO (yes, that is how are supposed to write it). It will be launched in India around May 2016 , and compete in the ultra-value compact-hatchback segment in India. For now, this segment is dominated by the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 (combined sales of over 20,000 units a month) and the Renault Kwid (sales approaching 10,000 units a month) - the redi-GO is expected to do better than the company's other two offerings in the country - the Go hatchback and the Go+ compact-MPV.What is it?
2016 Datsun redi-GO, the next little wonder?How much does it cost?
Expected to cost from Rs. 2-4 Lakh, ex-showroomWhat's new?
Based on the same platform as the Renault Kwid, refreshing new design inside-out, lot of customisation options, focus on affordability. Company claims the redi-GO is a compact crossover with roomy interiors, zippy but efficient engine and a great price-point.Competition:
Renault Kwid, Tata Nano, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
The Datsun redi-GO is the 3rd product unveiled by the company for India, and the 5th product unveiled globally. Pre-bookings for the car will begin on the 1st of May 2016, and the prices should be announced on or before that date. Datsun promises the first deliveries of the car to begin in the first week of June 2016. We expect the car to be priced in the Rs. 2-4 Lakh price bracket. Datsun claims to be working on an innovative financing scheme which can help its target market - which is young, driven individuals who are not exactly very well-to-do - buy the car with minimal hassles. Datsun is also focusing on increasing their presence in the country - currently they have 217 touch-points across 165 cities, they plan to have 300 touch points by end-March 2017.
The redi-GO is very close to the concept car the company showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo. It is influenced by the company's 'YUKAN' design language, which focuses on a dynamic and exciting look. Exterior design highlights include the Datsun-signature hexagonal grille, large side-swept headlamps, a aggressive front bumper design with optional LED DRLs, a cabin-forward stance with tall dimensions, well-defined wheel-arches, body-details, vertical tail-lamps, stylish hatch-door and a simple rear bumper. Steel wheels with full-wheel covers will be standard, it is expected that Datsun will provide accessories like alloy wheels and a whole lot of other options. Customisation options will be high, Datsun wants younger customers to be attracted to the redi-GO.
The Datsun redi-Go has a ground clearance of 185mm - which is more than the Renault Kwid (which the redi-Go shares its platform) - and the company calls it a compact 'Urban Cross'.
Inside, the design highlights include a chunky three-spoke steering wheel, simple instrument cluster with a large speedometer and digital MID, three-circular air-vents with chrome surrounds and a almost-triangular central air-vent on the centre-console. The multimedia system (yes, the redi-Go will get a proper one rather than the Aux-only system on the Go and the Go+) and the HVAC control (which are similar to the Go and Go+) are placed on a shiny-black console. The redi-GO will feature many storage spaces, deep open storage spaces are offered above the glove-box, below the A/C controls and below the steering-column. The lower front centre-console gets a cup-holder and another cubby-hole. The front lower centre-console also has the buttons to operate the front power windows, yes the redi-GO gets manually-winding rear windows.
For now, we know that the redi-GO will be powered by the same 799cc, 3-cylinder motor as found on the Renault Kwid. Datsun has not revealed the power and torque figures for the engine in the redi-GO, though it is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission - expect a fuel-efficiency figure of about 25 kmpl. It is not not known if the 1.0-litre motor and AMT from the Kwid will be carried over to the redi-GO as well.
Details on the features on offer have not been revealed but a driver-side airbag will be offered on the redi-GO at least as an option. it is not known if ABS will be offered.