Datsun India on Tuesday launched its entry-level hatchback redi-GO priced between Rs 2.38 lakh and Rs 3.34 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), raising the competition in the entry-level segment, ruled by Maruti Suzuki Alto and its latest challenger, the Renault Kwid.
The redi-GO is based on the Renault-Nissan’s Common Module Family Architecture (CMF-A), which also underpins the Kwid. Bookings for the redi-GO began on April 29 and the company said the deliveries have started immediately with the launch.
Powered by a three-cylinder, 800cc i-SAT petrol engine, which also does the duty on the Kwid, the redi-GO will deliver 54PS power and 72Nm torque to the wheels. As per Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the redi-GO will run 25.17kmpl.
Datsun India says the redi-GO will clock 100 kmph in 15.9 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 140 kmph.
The car has a familiar Datsun grille on the front, which looks more powerful in this “urban-cross”. The flowlines are much similar to the rival Hyundai Eon from the front and along the side profile. However, the shape of the boot lid disappoints.
But given the price and the segment it fights in, the car has a better face than the now over-consumed Alto or the Eon that now needs an update. The Kwid is still fresh and running strong.
The redi-GO’s 185mm ground clearance is the best-in-segment.
Datsun has brought redi-GO in five colours – Lime, White, Ruby, Silver and Grey – and five variants – D, A, T, T (O) and S.
While only the top three variants – T, T (O) and S – get a power steering, T (O) and S come with front power windows, and only the top-of-the-line S gets a driver airbag. This puts everyone else on board vulnerable to any crash to the maximum level.
The safety norms in India are still in a boiler and the crash-test reports by Global NCAP released on May 17 had very little impact on car sales in the country. But the coming of more such “unsafe” cars in India puts the buyers and ultimately the occupants of the cars to a big risk.
Datsun at least should have offered the front dual airbags in the top three trims, as that would not have budged the base price mark off Rs 2.39 lakh.
And with the redi-GO’s French sibling Kwid failing in the crash tests, Datsun should have taught its baby machine to be safer at work.
With a new aggressive design and a widened sales and service network, Datsun eyes to root itself in India after its failure to make a great mark earlier with the GO and the GO+.
But with redi-GO, the competition in the entry-level segment is just a notch up.