The major selling point for the Kwid, apart from the fact that it’s a good product, is that it manages to look handsome and rugged but without charging its customers exorbitantly. But surely it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, the Kwid. And that’s where the other entry-level offering from the Renault-Nissan alliance – the upcoming Datsun Redi-GO – comes in.
Spotted recently in Chennai, the Datsun Redi-GO shares its platform – called CMF-A – with the recently launched and highly acclaimed Kwid. But apart from the platform the styling approach is going to be very different. Showcased in the concept form at the previous Auto Expo (in 2014), the production version will take cues from the concept, and will get the familiar Datsun GO-like front-end.
In terms of engines, a report by IAB claims that the car will not use the same petrol unit that does duty in the Kwid, but that remains to be seen. The Kwid draws its power from a 799 cc, three-cylinder engine which makes 53 hp and 73 Nm, and is claimed to return 25.17 kmpl. Gearbox choices will include a standard 5-speed manual unit but an automated manual transmission is also expected to be offered as well.
Prices for the Kwid start at Rs 2.57 lakh, ex-showroom, while the Redi-GO is expected to be in the vicinity as well.