Nissan India to showcase Datsun Redi-Go at 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi
After witnessing massive success with the Duster, we can say that Renault has pretty much got the right formula for the Indian market. The fact that we Indians love big cars, has made the French multinational automobile manufacturer go on and make similar vehicles for our market. The fact that Renault is following the UV mantra is very evident with the launch of the Lodgy MPV and with the recent unveiling of the Kwid.
At the event where the Kwid was revealed to the whole world, CEO of Renault, Nissan and Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn said that the Datsun Redi-Go will be launching in 2016. With the company now focussing on capturing the mass market segments, sources also reveal that the affordable and low-cost hatchback from the Datsun stable will be officially showcased at the upcoming 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi.
Though the final model of the Datsun Redi-Go is still not ready, the car that will be showcased will be a pre-production model. The hatchback is expected to launch in the second half of 2016 only because the company is yet to get the necessary approvals and certificates from different government bodies.
Nissan had showcased the Datsun Redi-Go concept at the 2014 Auto Expo, which grabbed a lot of attention. However, the production version is said to be much more toned down in comparison to the concept. Like the Kwid, the Redi-Go will be based on the CMF-A (Common Module Family) platform that resulted from the Renault-Nissan alliance. Ghosn also mentioned that the two companies will not sell any more vehicles that will feature just a change in company names. As a result, the Renault Kwid and the Datsun Redi-Go will not be visually similar to each other in any way.
The Redi-Go will get a newly developed 3-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission. It may even get an AMT unit, as demand for the same has been growing at a rapid pace. To maintain a clear distinction, the Redi-Go is expected to be priced around Rs. 2.75 lakhs which is lower than the Kwid (Rs. 3-4 lakhs).