Spied: Datsun Redi-GO caught testing in Chennai
Datsun brand’s next product, an entry-level small car Redi-Go has recently been snapped testing. The Redi-GO secretly named as Datsun I2A, will be the second product after Kwid to utilize the cost effective CMF-A platform and was first showcased as a concept at the 2014 Auto Expo. Although completely camouflaged, what we could make out from the spy shots is that the Redi-Go production version continues to remain true to the concept but the styling is bit more conservative. The highly anticipated hatchback was expected to make an appearance at the the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo but for some reasons only know to Datsun the car was given a miss. Recent reports claim that Redi-Go will probably hit the domestic car market in H1 2016 within the price bracket of Rs. 2.5 – 3.5 lakhs (ex-showroom).
The design language of Datsun Red-Go Is quite the opposite of the Kwid. Just like the concept, the production version has a tall boy design, carries the striking short front overhang and gets skinny tyres. With subdued character lines and exteriors that give it a distinct look, the Redi-GO has neatly assembled tail lamps pointing upwards and a rear windscreen sits high. No information about the interiors is available as of now, but speculations are rife that the car would be sharing a lot of parts with the GO hatchback.
Nothing has been specified about its powertrain, but the 3-cylinder 0.8-L petrol engine that powers Kwid would suit the hatchback’s styling and dimensions. The 1.2-L engine that fuels the Micra, GO and GO+ culd also go under the hood of the Redi-GO as claimed by previous reports. The Redi-Go happens to be the third offering from Nissan this year, GT-R and X-Trail Hybrid being the other two. Once launched the Datsun Redi-Go will be seen competing with the likes of Maruti Alto, Hyundai Eon and recently launched Renault Kwid. The GO could not live up to the expectations of ruling the small car segment in India, we will have to wait till the launch to find out whether Redi-Go proves lucky for Nissan this time.
Spy images credit – Carandbike.com