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3 things that make the Datsun Redi-Go a worthy Alto/Kwid rival

Datsun Redi Go Concept

The hatchback segment in India has been expanding its footprint from a very long time. From the 2 lakh rupee Tata Nano to the 10 lakh rupee worth Fiat Punto Abarth, this segment currently houses a wide range of products from all leading automakers throughout the world. But the most important spectrum of the hatchback market continues to be the entry level A-segment, which is currently led by the Maruti Alto 800.

The famous French automaker, Renault too has managed to make a significant mark in front of the Alto, with its SUV-ish looking Kwid. And now, another potent rival is making an entry to disrupt the success run of the Alto 800, Hyundai Eon, and Renault Kwid. Christened as the Datsun Redi-Go, this new entry-level hatchback was showcased in its concept avatar at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. And believe us, if Datsun engineers have managed to retain more than 60% design cues from the Redi-Go concept, the production-spec Datsun Redi-Go will undoubtedly take the Indian buyers for a joyful ride.

With such an important launch coming our way, we at MotorCruze list 3 major USPs of the Datsun Redi-Go, that make it a worthy launch to wait for.

Datsun Redi Go concept front

1. Distinguishing Design
In terms of Design, the new Datsun hatch will only compete with its cousin sibling, the Renault Kwid, as the Alto 800 has a relatively plain styling that simply can’t stand against these French rivals. The Redi-Go hatchback is based on the same platform that underpins the Renault Kwid. Hence, it will likely get dimensions similar to that of the Kwid, while the design has been significantly differentiated. While the Kwid gets sharper lines, Datsun has given the Redi-Go a smoother profile. Hence, the Redi-Go doesn’t portray itself to be something it isn’t meant to be. Vertically stacked taillights, a high mounted rear windscreen, and a prominent kink in the Redi-Go’s shoulder line give this new Datsun hatchback its unique identity.

2. Potent Powertrain
Though official specs haven’t yet seen the light, sources close to the company suggest that the Redi-Go engine options on offer would feature the same 0.8-litre mill that powers the Renault Kwid. But what takes the cake here is the fact that this new Datsun hatchback might feature an all-new 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder diesel engine that has been developed in-house by Nissan Motor Company. Developing around 55 hp of power, this new engine will likely make the Datsun Redi-Go diesel the first oil burner in its segment.

3. Mouth-watering price margin
Datsun Redi-Go Price in India is expected to be starting from around the 2.5 lakh rupee mark, thus significantly undercutting its head-on rival, the Renault Kwid. As a result, the new Redi-Go will offer a lot more value for money as compared to its sibling.

For more in-depth details of this new hatchback, you might need to wait for the Datsun Redi-Go launch in India, which is scheduled for the 14th of April 2016. Till then, stay tuned to MotorCruze for a host of updates around the Indian automotive market!