Datsun launches redi-GO in India: Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly

  • Gulshankumar Wankar, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Apr 21, 2016 19:06 IST
The global premiere of the Datsun’s entry-level hatchback redi-GO took place on Thursday. (HT Photo)

The Renault-Nissan Alliance left little for their Japanese sibling Datsun with the Kwid in the sub Rs 3 lakh-segment.

Yet, Datsun came up with redi-GO. Brave and Bravo!

The redi-GO is based on the Renault-Nissan’s CMF-A architecture, the same on which the Kwid sits. The Datsun car runs on an 800-cc engine, which also powers the Kwid. The engine output may remain more or less the same: 50bhp and 100 Nm.

Here are some noteworthy features of the entry-level hatch:

The Good

The front looks nice with the Datsun signature hexagonal grille, better than the previous Datsuns - Go and GO+.

The side profile lines flow like Hyundai Eon from the front. (HT Photo)

The wrapped-around headlamps are tight, nicely done to flow seamlessly with the overall design, except towards the end. The daytime-running-lamps lie near the fog-lamp sockets in line with the skid plates.

The 185-mm ground clearance could be good news for car-buyers in underdeveloped areas. And the interior is in shades of grey – much better than the maroon in Kwid.

The bad

The plastics? (HT Photo)

While competitors Tata and even cousin Renault are offering a touchscreen infotainment system in the entry-level segment, the redi-GO doesn’t even have the space to fit in one. While the interiors are just fine, the plastics used for dash and storages could be disappointing.

The ugly

Why that shape, Datsun? (HT Photo)

Frankly, the rear view could have been much, much better. The side profile of the redi-GO flows more like the Eon, but the end spoils the fun that starts at the façade. The S-shaped boot lid does not impress.


Datsun should price this one around Rs 2.7 lakh to Rs 3.2 lakh, if it aims to repeat the Kwid’s success in a segment dominated by Maruti Suzuki’s Alto 800 and the K10 that sell 20,000 units a month.

The grille looks intimidating. Nice. (HT Photo)

What Datsun lacks in India is its identity, primarily due to the Nissan-allied showrooms. The company also revealed its plans to expand its network of dealership and after-sales service in Tier II cities across India, a must-make move to gain some traction in the Indian market.

Bookings for the new Datsun redi-GO start on May 1 and will be delivered by the first week of June.

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