Come July, the least priced car from the Renault-Nissan group in India – the Datsun Redi-GO will get two variants. One variant will feature the bigger, 1 liter-3 cylinder petrol motor that’s also seen in the Renault Kwid while the other will feature a 5 speed AMT option along with the bigger engine. The new variants are meant to make the car more appealing to those who want an inexpensive automatic hatchback and also for those who find the 800 cc Redi-GO under powered for highway use.
The Redi-GO is the second Renault-Nissan car in the India – after the Kwid – to use the low cost CMF-A platform. The compact car shares the majority of its components with the Kwid while differentiating itself with a tall-boy body style. It’s also priced cheaper than the Kwid, with prices starting from 2.47 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. The newer variants are expected to be priced at over 3.5 lakhs. Following the launch, the AMT variant will be the most expensive Redi-GO on sale in India.
Currently, the Redi-GO’s 799 cc petrol motor makes 53 Bhp-72 Nm, and features an ARAI certified fuel efficiency figure of 22.7 Kmpl. The new variants with the larger 1 liter motor will have about 67 Bhp-91 Nm. Fuel efficiency is expected to dip by a couple of kilometers in keeping with the higher power on tap, and the extra weight the AMT adds to the equation. In terms of safety, the Redi-GO’s top-end variants get a single driver airbag. ABS is not available, even as an option.
Meanwhile, Nissan India will be really hoping that the new variants of the Redi-GO boosts sales. Currently, the little Datsun is the best selling car in the Japanese automaker’s Indian portfolio with monthly sales of about 2,000 units. The car competes with the Maruti Alto, the Hyundai Eon, the Tata Nano and the Renault Kwid. It’s built alongside the Kwid, at the Renault-Nissan factory in Oragadam, Chennai.