Datsun redi-GO goes on sale with prices ranging between Rs 2.39 lakh and Rs 3.34 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Datsun’s much awaited small car redi-GO has been finally put on sale in the country. As expected Datsun has priced the redi-GO quite aggressively with its base price starting at Rs 2.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This means it undercuts all the rivals - Maruti Suzuki Alto (Rs 2.45 lakh), Renault Kwid (Rs 2.62 lakh) and Hyundai Eon (Rs 3.24 lakh).
Underpinned by Renault-Nissan’s jointly developed CMF-A platform, the Datsun redi-GO shares almost all of its components with the Renault Kwid hatchback. However, while both the cars are mechanically identical, they look poles apart as far as their outer appearances go. The redi-GO looks chunkier and beefier than its Renault sibling. That said, the redi-GO gets similar pseudo-crossover design elements like a sporty bumper design, bulging wheel arches and a muscular rear end. The redi-GO has a ground clearance of 185mm, which is slightly more than the Renault Kwid (180mm).
Inside, the cabin sports beige finish all around with piano-black accents around the centre console (only in higher trims). The design and layout of the cabin is basic and functional. In terms of features and equipment, the top-end redi-GO variant comes fitted with a CD/USB/AUX/MP3 player, front power windows, remote fuel-lid and tailgate opener, fabric upholstery, etc. Sadly, the new Datsun does not get the Kwid’s touchscreen infotainment system. Safety net is limited – you only get a driver airbag in the top-end variant. ABS has been given a miss across the entire range.
Powering the redi-GO is the same 0.8-litre, three-cylinder, petrol engine as the Kwid. The engine develops 52.2bhp @ 5,678rpm along with a peak-torque of 72Nm @ 4,386rpm. Power goes to front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. The redi-GO has an ARAI-certified fuel economy of 25.17km/l – same as the Renault Kwid – which makes it the most efficient car in its segment along with its sibling.
Datsun is offering unlimited 2 year warranty and free RSA with the redi-GO. The company also claims that the redi-GO's maintenance costs are about 32 per cent less than the segment leader (Maruti Suzuki Alto 800). Additionally, the redi-GO can be customized to personal tastes as Datsun is offering 4 optional kits, namely - Kool, Urban, Style and Easy.
The redi-GO is Datsun's third product in the Indian market, and the company definitely has high hopes from their new offering. Datsun has undoubtedly priced the car well within, or infact, below the expectations. Now it all depends on how well does it click with the entry-level car consumers of the country.
The redi-GO will be offered in five variants. Below’s the full price-list,
D - Rs 2.39 lakh
A - Rs 2.83 lakh
T - Rs 3.09 lakh
T (O) - Rs 3.19 lakh
S - Rs 3.34 lakh
All prices are indicative of ex-showroom, Delhi.