Datsun entered the entry-level hatchback segment with the redi-GO in 2016. This was then followed with addition of a sportier cosmetic update in September 2016. And now we have learnt that Datsun will be giving the rediGo a facelift that will be launched in India in the next couple of months. In addition to the new design, Datsun will also offer a 1-litre motor along with an AMT unit.
The Datsun redi-Go shares its underpinnings with the Renault Kwid and is based on the CMF-A platform. While the Renault Kwid is a more premium offering, the Datsun redi-Go was aimed at those looking for a spacious entry-level hatchback. The details on the facelift are still not clear, however we believe Datsun might add certain premium bits to enhance its appeal.
The Datsun redi-Go comes with the Renault-developed 799cc petrol motor. This unit makes 54PS of power at 5,678rpm and generates 72Nm of torque at 4,386rpm. We believe the 1L motor that will make its way into the facelifted rediGO will be the same unit that powers the Renault Kwid. The 999cc motor puts out 68PS of power and 91Nm of torque. Similar to the Kwid, this unit too will be carried in the same state of tune. In additional to the 5-speed manual gearbox that is offered as standard, Datsun might also look at offering an AMT unit on this motor.
Datsun has sold a total of 3,940 units of the rediGo in July 2016 while same dropped to 1,548 units in December 2016. We believe the facelift will help Datsun push the rediGo more aggressively in the Indian market. In addition, the updated redi-Go can be a stronger rival to the Maruti Suzuki Alto and Hyundai Eon.