The new urban crossover from Datsun, the Redi-GO premiered in Delhi on 14th April. Before the official revelation, only the cosmetic details were known to the public. Through various teasers pre-debut, we already know what the car will look like. After the Delhi premiere, we also know the performance specs and the price we will get that small wonder for.
The price of the Redi-GO is creating a lot of buzz because Datsun, being the low-end brand it is, has aggressively priced the model below the INR 2.5 lac mark. For a small car with all the features the Redi-GO packs, it is quite a bargain.
We already knew that the Renault-Nissan Alliance had placed the Datsun Redi-GO below the Kwid in their lineup, but expected the price of the new small car to be at least INR 2.50 lac, compared to the INR 2.56 lac starting price of the Kwid, which goes up to around INR 2.62 lac in ex showrooms in Delhi.
Turns out, that Datsun has not just priced the Redi-GO below the Kwid for a namesake promise keeping routine, but very well below it, with the starting price being just INR 2.44 lac, which will remain slightly below the INR 2.5 lac mark on road. The Redi-GO, is therefore, the second cheapest petrol car in the hatchback segment, of course, following the Tata Nano.
The Renault Kwid is still doing good business in the market, considering the performance, features, and value for money factor. The Redi-GO is also expected to perform almost as well as the Kwid. However, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has claimed that the two cars have the features sorted such that neither will cannibalize the sale of the other.
Based on the same platform, both the Kwid and the Redi-GO have the advantage of thrifty engineering. The Redi-GO even has some advantages over the Kwid. For example, it has a longer wheelbase with a ground clearance of 185mm, which is 5mm higher than that of the Kwid. Also, it is lighter than the Kwid.
However, the Kwid offers 25.17kmpl mileage, while the Redi-GO is likely to offer more than 20kmpl, whether it will be more than 25kmpl or not, we still don’t know. Also, the Redi-GO does not get an AVN system, neither does it get the digital instrument cluster. The engine of the Redi-GO will be the 799cc 3-cylinder unit, offering the standard 54PS and 72Nm power and torque dynamics. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed MT. Just like the Kwid, the Redi-GO will also get a 1000cc engine variant and AMT option later.
The bookings for the car will start from the first day of May, while the deliveries will start in June. On the road, the car will fight it out with segment leaders like the Hyundai Eon, and the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. The Renault Kwid itself cannot exactly be considered a rival, but rather a partner as it is still owned by Nissan, the current partner of Renault.