When Renault launched the KWID back in 2015, Carlos Ghosn, Chairman
& CEO, Renault said, "this is a car for conquest". The Indian
market has always been price sensitive and that is what drives volumes for many
manufacturers. So Datsun following suit of its parent company Renault / Nissan will be
launching the Redi-Go on the same CMF-A platform as the KWID. The Redi-Go is
expected to be cheaper than the KWID and will in all probability be more fuel
efficient as well.
The Redi-Go will be powered by a 799cc engine which powers the KWID.
The engine puts out 53.3bhp at 5678rpm and 72Nm of torque at 4386rpm. This
compact hatch will be able to achieve a top speed of 135kmph and will be able
to go from 0-100kmph in approximately 16 seconds. This 0.8L petrol mill will be
a 12 valve, 3 cylinder unit. The Redi-Go is driven by the two front wheels and
the engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
In terms of dimensions this vehicle stands at 3430mm in length,
1540mm in height and 1560mm in width. The Redi-Go has a wheelbase of 2430mm
which is more than the Renault KWID while the overall length is shorter than
the KWID. The Redi-Go is also expected to be 20-25kgs lighter than the KWID
hence may be more fuel efficient. One can expect the Redi-Go to return more
than 25kmpl to the litre. Another impressive fact about the Redi-Go is the
ground clearance which stands at the 185mm mark which is more than some SUVs
available in the market.
On the features front this vehicle does not come with too many
frills and fancies. The Redi-Go will be available with an ac, power steering,
12V power outlet, audio system and front power windows. The Redi-Go has a
spacious cabin however if you are taller than 5'8 the second row may get a
little cramped. The Redi-Go is definitely an uber urban cross with a trendy
design. The front features stylish headlamps with LED DRLs fitted in the
bumper, a hexagonal honeycomb grill, the
car also sports low set twin character lines which flow seamlessly from the
front to the rear. The rear of the Datsun Redi-Go is more curvy looking with a
sculpted tailgate and a smart looking tail lamps.
The Redi-Go will be available for bookings from May 1, 2016 and
deliveries of this car will begin from June 1, 2016. The Redi-Go will go head
to head with the likes of the Renault KWID, Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon.
What one can expect from Datsun is a pocket friendly price tag and a low
maintenance cost on the Redi-Go.
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