Datsun RediGO Diamond Edition hatchback to be launched as Maruti Alto rival

The Datsun RediGO entry-level hatchback will get a new Diamond edition to boost sales. The Diamond Edition of the car will be based on the 2017 models of the RediGO, and this is a move that Nissan India is adopting to clear old stocks of the car. The Diamond Edition is likely to be a cosmetic makeover of the car, and will be a dealer-level modification. 2017 versions of the RediGO are generally sold at large discounts by buyers. By giving the car a fresher look with cosmetic add-ons and a few new features, dealers may be able to make it more attractive to buyers at no extra cost.

Datsun RediGO Diamond Edition hatchback to be launched as Maruti Alto rival
Datsun RediGO Gold Edition used as an illustration

The RediGO sold in India has two engine options, both of them petrol-powered three cylinder units. The smaller engine displaces 800cc, with power and torque outputs of 54 Bhp and 72 Nm. A 5 speed manual gearbox drives the front wheels. The larger engine is a 1 liter unit with 67 Bhp of peak power and 91 Nm of peak torque.

Apart from the 5 speed manual gearbox, which is standard, the car also gets a 5 speed AMT option. The RediGO is quite a light car, which makes it peppy. It has a tall-boy design that allows easy ingress and egress – very useful for tall people and senior citizens.

The RediGO is based on the CMF-A platform that it shared with the Renault Kwid. The hatchback is produced at Renault-Nissan’s joint manufacturing facility at Oragadam, near Chennai. The CMF-A platform is a low cost platform engineered for emerging markets such as India, Brazil and South Africa.

The RediGO is Datsun’s best selling car, and since launch has also been the best seller for the entire Nissan group. However, the Kwid still outsells the RediGO despite being priced slightly higher. Prices of the RediGO start from Rs. 2.49 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. The recently introduced top-end AMT version sells at Rs. 3.96 lakhs.

Via CarWale