Datsun is getting ready to launch their all new Redi-Go small car in Goa very soon. The cars have reached the Datsun Goa showroom or display and will be officially launched in the first week of June. Datsun had announced booking for the Redi-Go a few weeks back and one could book it by paying an advance of Rs. 5000.
First unveiled in concept form at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, the Datsun Redi – Go looked promising and smart enough to give the competition a good run for their money.
Built along the Common Modular Platform, the Redi – Go has a high 185 mm ground clearance and measures 3,429 mm in length and stands taller by 1,541 mm and uses a wheelbase of 2,348 0mm in length.
The Redi-Go has a tall crossover like styling and looks identical to the concept car. The face has the signature hexagonal grille, pulled back headlamps along with a sculpted bumper with LED day time running lights strips.
The side profile is tall and has kinked rear windows however it does look larger than the class it belongs too much due to the creased line that runs from the lower edge of the doors all the way upward and the small wheels which are pushed to the extreme ends of the car. There’s a prominent pinched rear end and high set taillamps and a bumper with reflectors on either side.
Step inside the Redi-Go an you’ll realise that the tall design does offer a lot of headroom and you do sit a bit high but legroom at the rear is a bit cramped and you do sit lower at the back. The dashboard has a simple design; the instrument cluster receives blue illumination, while the music system is a simple plain single din audio system while the round a/c vents get a chrome ring round them.
Datsun has given the Redi-Go plenty of storage spaces, there are two in the dashboard, one above the glovebox and one below the air con controls. Two cupholders and a coin holder also exist ahead of the gearlever. It also has a large boot space.
Powering the Redi-Go is a 0.8 litre three cylinder petrol engine developing the same power as in the Kwid and comes mated to a 5 speed gearbox and AMT gearbox and 1.0 litre engine could come later on in the Redi – Go.
Datsun is a budget brand and the Redi-Go is no exception, it does look different from the Kwid’s crossover styling, but Datsun wants to market the Redi-Go as a more urban product.
There’s no doubt the car does look and feel like it’s built to a cost, for instance the way the doors shut, it feels a bit flimsy, then there’s the single wiper system and the exposed metal in the door panels but beyond all that the Redi-Go is one of the best Datsun to be designed in India.
The tall design looks striking and the compact dimensions will be another boom in the city and most of the Redi – Go’s customers will be a first time buyer which will find favour in the market soon enough.
Nissan is betting on the Datsun Redi-Go to generate volumes and the fight among the rivals won’t be easy especially with established rivals such as the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 which has just got a facelift, Hyundai Eon and the Renault Kwid. Nissan currently has 215 sales and service outlets across 165 cities and will be totalling the count to 300 by end of March 2017.
Datsun’s current dealerships in Goa are located at Verna highway after the industrial estate while driving towards Margoa to cater to South Goa and a sales outlet in Porvorim which is on the highway near Teen Building soon after petrol pump.