The third Datsun product in India - the redi GO - is all set to enter the market in June 2016. The car made its global debut in India last month, and the bookings are already on at all Nissan dealerships across the nation. Now that we have already driven the Datsun rediGO, here are 10 things we would like to share with people who are planning to buy this product -
1. The Datsun redi GO is the second product based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance's CMF-A platform on which both the companies plan to bring in more cars in future. The first product built on this architecture was the Renault Kwid.
2. Besides the platform, the Datsun redi GO also shares its engine - 799cc, three-cylinder , petrol - with the Renault Kwid. This engine belts out a maximum power output of 53bhp at 5678rpm and a peak torque of 72Nm at 4386rpm.
3. Though the platform and engine of the car are the same as the Renault Kwid, this one is about 25kg lighter than the latter. The light weight results into faster acceleration. While the Renault Kwid touches the 100kmph mark from zero in 16.87 seconds, the redi GO achieves the same in 15.98 seconds. This also makes it the fastest car in its category.
4. The Datsun redi-GO is claimed to offer the best-in-class braking performance. It actually takes the shortest distance, among all entry-level hatches, to stop when the brakes are applied. The company claims that the redi GO comes to halt from 100kmph in 32.2 metres, while the Renault Kwid, Hyundai Eon and Maruti Alto 800 do it in 33 metres, 33.7 metres and 34.3 metres respectively.
5. Despite the fact that the redi GO is the shortest car in its category, it offers the best-in-class space to its rear occupants. It offers about 542mm rear space as against the Renault Kwid's 531mm, Alto 800's 440mm and Hyundai Eon's 442mm. Interestingly, the Datsun's new small car offers more knee room to its passengers than the Maruti Swift Dzire. The Dzire's rear space is 510mm.
6. Another best-in-class feature is the redi-GO's ground clearance - 185mm. The Datsun's small car doesn't just beat its direct rivals in this, it in fact offers more ground clearance than the Hyundai Creta and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.
7. The car's exterior remains largely similar to the original concept that was first showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. The vehicle's front-fascia features the company's familiar D-Cut grille, sweptback head-lights with chrome bezels and daytime running lights on the bumper. The side profile too looks good with prominent character lines, blackend pillars and sculpted wheel arches. The rear profile gets vertical tail-lamps, chrome strip on the tail gate and round-shaped reflectors.
8. While the rediGO's exterior looks aggressive, the interior is rather plain with all-grey dashboard, three-spoke steering wheel and 1 din audio unit. The vehicle's seats are quite comfortable thanks to its fabric and good thigh support. The front power window switches have been positioned right ahead of the gearbox. Since the steering wheel is quite light, it's easy to maneuver the car even in heavy traffic.
9. The Datsun redi GO measures 3429mm in length, 1541mm in height, 1560mm in width and has a wheelbase of 2348mm. It offers a turning radius of 4.73 metres which helps it zip through city traffic quite easily.
10. Though the Datsun redi GO is yet to launched, the company has confirmed that it would be launched in the price range of Rs 2.5 lakh - Rs 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom). The company has also revealed its mileage figure, it will return an impressive 25.17kmpl.
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