Datsun India has launched its most affordable offering - the redi-GO in the country with prices starting at 2.38 lakh, going up to 3.34 lakh (all ex-showroom, Delhi) for the range-topping variant. The redi-GO is available in a total of five variants - D, A, T, T(O), and S; and the automaker has managed to undercut the competition in terms of pricing inclusive of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Renault Kwid, Hyundai EON and the likes in the entry-level car segment.
We drove the Datsun redi-GO a few ago in Kolkata and sampled the car's capabilities. The redi-GO is based on the CMF-A low cost platform and started life as a concept at the 2014 Auto Expo. The concept was appreciated for its styling and the car maker has retained most of the interesting bits from the same on to the production model. The hatchback sports a bold and brawny design with several muscular elements, while the tall boy design helps liberate cabin space on the small car despite its compact footprint.
Unlike the Kwid, the Datsun follows a conventional tall-boy design. The profile gets plenty of cuts and creases that give the baby Datsun an edgy look. The automaker will be offering the redi-GO in attractive colours such as lime green and deep red, which are sure to appeal to the youth. We like the smoked sweptback headlamps and the first-in-class LED daytime running lamps. The overall styling is a welcome change from what we've seen in the segment.
The interiors follow a safe grey and beige combo, but the equipment list seems spartan when compared to the Renault. For instance, it skips on the touchscreen infotainment system for a conventional single-DIN unit. Space is nothing to write home about, but it is adequate for four adults. Boot space is rated at 222 litres (Kwid = 300 litres).
The redi-GO is based on the same CMF-A (Common Module Family) platform as the Renault Kwid. It also borrows its sibling's 800cc motor that develops 54PS and 72Nm. Claimed fuel efficiency is rated at 25.17kmpl. The clutch and the steering is light, which makes the redi-GO a perfect city runabout. Ride quality is particularly good and the little Datsun doesn't get upset easily by undulations or irregularities in the road surface.