Presently, the redi-GO is only available with a 0.8L, 3-cylinder petrol motor.
Nissan owned Datsun is all set to launch a more powerful version of its best selling model – the redi-GO, in July 2017. The new version will add a more powerful engine to Datsun’s sub-compact offering.
The powerplant in focus here is the 999cc, 3-cylinder petrol motor, which also does duty on the Renault Kwid 1.0L. This motor is capable of producing a maximum power of 67bhp along with 91Nm of torque. Power transmission from this motor is handled by either a 5-speed manual gearbox, or a 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). However, we expect only the manual gearbox to be available initially, with the AMT sailing in sometime later this year.
A quick recap for uninformed – Renault and Datsun’s parent company, Nissan, are in a strategic alliance where the two companies share engines and platforms with each other. The Datsun redi-GO, in fact, is mechanically very similar to the Renault Kwid.
The current 0.8L motor which propels the redi-GO is also sourced from the Kwid, so it was only a matter of time when the redi-GO took advantage of the bigger engine on offer on its cousin.
Launched back in June 2016, the redi-GO has settled down at around 1500 odd units per month sales mark. While these sales figures are far from stellar, the thing to keep in mind is that the redi-GO is the strongest selling model in the entire Nissan-Datsun line-up for quite a while now. Therefore, Datsun absolutely needs to keep the redi-GO updated in order to hold on to its already middling sales.
With the bigger 1.0L engine, the Datsun redi-GO is expected to get dearer by at least Rs. 30000 as compared to the 0.8L model. At this price range, it will go against the likes of the Maruti Alto K10, the Hyundai Eon 1.0 and the Renault Kwid 1.0.