Datsun – Nissan’s low cost car brand for emerging markets – has just launched it’s lowest priced automatic car – the RediGO AMT. The car has been priced at Rs. 3.8 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. Bookings are now open, and deliveries will begin soon. The Datsun RediGO AMT shares its engine and gearbox with the Renault Kwid AMT. It is slightly cheaper than the Kwid though, which starts from Rs. 3.88 lakhs.
The car is powered by a 1 liter-3 cylinder petrol engine that puts out 67 Bhp of peak power and 91 Nm of peak torque. The gearbox is a five speed automated manual transmission (AMT). This also means that the manual gearbox is retained but with the gear shifting getting automated through an electromechanical device. This gives the RediGO AMT its automatic appeal.
The car is meant for city buyers who want the convenience of an automatic but with the fuel efficiency of a manual. While Datsun hasn’t released the ARAI certified mileage figure for the RediGO AMT, it’s expected to be similar to that of the manual variant, at 22.5 Kmpl. Since AMTs are cheaper than torque converter automatics, it has allowed Datsun to price the car very competitively.
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With the Tata Nano AMT nearly discontinued (made to order but with most Tata dealers not taking fresh orders), the RediGO is now the cheapest automatic car in the country. The RediGo is Datsun’s cheapest car sold in India, with prices starting from just Rs. 2.47 lakhs. While the RediGO AMT features the 1 liter petrol engine, the cheaper variants get an 800cc petrol engine with 53 Bhp-72 Nm. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard with the smaller engine. The 1 liter petrol engine (the one that powers the AMT model) is also available with a manual gearbox. Competitors to the RediGO include the Maruti Alto 800 and K10, the Hyundai Eon and the Renault Kwid.