Datsun Redi-GO AMT launch in India by early 2018 – to challenge Renault Kwid AMT and Maruti Alto K10
Comparable to the Renault Kwid, the Datsun Redi-Go hatch is accessible with a choice between 2 powertrains, the 800-cc and the 999-cc variants. Considering that fact that Renault offers the AMT on the latter, we believe the Redi-Go too will get the AMT on its 1-litre models. This motor makes 68PS at 5,500rpm and generates 91Nm at 4,250rpm and will continue to do so in the Redi-Go AMT as well.
The Datsun Redi-Go MT models are assessed between Rs.2.41 lakh to Rs.3.74 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai. We assume the prices of the AMT variant to go up by Rs.40, 000 compared to an equivalent variant with manual transmission. The AMT Datsun Redi-Go AMT will locks horns with the Alto K10 AMT and the Renault Kwid AMT in India. Datsun first launched the redi-GO in India back in 2016 with an 800cc engine and followed it with a 1.0-litre unit in 2017. Now, Datsun is all set to launch the redi-GO AMT in India offering more option for car buyers.
The automatic variant of the redi-GO, like its cousin Renault Kwid, will come equipped with a 5-speed AMT gearbox mated to the 1.0-litre engine, while the 0.8-litre unit will continue to employ the existing 5-speed manual gearbox. Regarding the power output, the 999cc iSAT engine produces 67bhp and 91Nm of torque and comes mated to the AMT gearbox. While the Renault Kwid uses a rotary dial system, it’ll be interesting to see if the redi-GO too will get the rotary dial or the conventional gear stick.
With regards to the features, not much is likely to be transformed from the manual gearbox variant. The Datsun redi-GO AMT will continue to get the LED daytime running lights, all-black cabin, and sporty red accents for the seats, and silver finish on the AC vents and the horn pad. The redi-GO 1.0-litre model features a regular CD player, USB, AUX-in, no Bluetooth, and the driver side airbag will be offered as an optional feature on the top variant. Currently, Datsun sells the 1.0-litre redi-GO in the T (O) and S variants, so the AMT is also expected to be offered in these variants. The Datsun redi-GO AMT price is expected to be in the range of Rs.3.5 to 3.7 lakh ex-showroom. Upon launch, the Datsun redi-GO AMT will compete with the Maruti Alto K10 AMT and the Renault Kwid AMT in India.