Report – Datsun redi-Go to launch in May 2015

Posted on: Dec 5, 2014 - 7:34pm IST

To be positioned below the Go.

Citing Business Week as the source, Kfz-Betrieb reports that the Datsun redi-Go which was unveiled at the Auto Expo earlier this year as a concept car, will be launched in May 2015.

Datsun Redi-Go IAB rendering
The redi-Go is based on a new platform which would also spawn a Renault derivative (XBA).

The sub-Go small car has its dimensions comparable to the Chevrolet Beat but appears to have a higher ground clearance and crossover-like design elements. The project was first born as the Datsun I2 (codename) and is taking shape in India at RNTBCI (Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre India).

Based on an all-new low-cost platform, the hatchback is likely to be powered by a newly developed 800 cc three-cylinder petrol motor. The car is reported to have a light kerb weight of 760 kg.

To be built at Renault-Nissan Alliance’s Oragadam plant near Chennai, the small car would be positioned in the sub-4 lakh segment, targeting the first time car owner.

Datsun redi-GO at the 2014 Indonesia International Motor Show side
The car would be powered by a new 800 cc three-cylinder petrol motor.

The platform will also spawn a Renault hatch codenamed XBA which is also taking shape simultaneously. Further technical details of the Datsun/Renault duo are not available now.

Also read: Renault XBA to be powered by a 0.8L engine

With the Datsun Go not meeting the company’s initial expectations, it would be a challenging task for Nissan to penetrate the compact city car segment which is dominated by Maruti. The recent publicity relating to the Go’s crash test failure has raised a lot of questions about Datsun’s attitude towards safety, and it would be interesting to see how the safety aspect of the redi-Go is marketed.

Competitors: Maruti Alto, Hyundai Eon, Tata Nano
Expected Price: INR 2.5-3.5 lakhs, ex-showroom
Launch Date: H2 2015

Datsun redi-Go Concept – Image Gallery

[Source: Kfz-Betrieb]

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7 thoughts on “Report – Datsun redi-Go to launch in May 2015

  1. Manish M Mishra says:

    Hi Shrawan, why should one compare Datsun go to swift, when price of Datsun go is comparable two step down model Maruti alto k10. If two step up model swift gets zero rating then wagon r and alto will be even much weaker then swift for sure. Then why just blame Datsun? Maruti is no different. It is like discussing which way it is better to die, to be thrown from cliff of high mountain or to be thrown from top of 100 floor sky scrapper ???

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    1. Hello Manish & Joy, wish to clarify. The Datsun Go and the base Maruti Swift both received zero stars in the crash test. However the top-end Swift with the airbags, scored higher, whereas the test concluded that even fitting airbags would not result in any improvement in the Go as they found the structure weak. Now this story is regarding a Datsun, and hence we ask how the company would defend the safety aspect of the redi-Go.

      When we do a Maruti Swift story, or a Maruti story, we will definitely raise the same point there.

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  2. Joy says:

    Hello IAB, don’t be biased towards some makers. I do agree Swift is slightly better than Go in terms of build quality. But getting a zero means it is nothing in terms of safety. Also, it scored just 3 with airbags. Definitely both cars must be criticized. Not only these 2, many entry level cars sold here in India.

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  3. hi2aravind says:

    Even Indian Swift structure is not found good, so why blame Go alone?

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    1. Hello, the structure of the Swift was not as weak as the Datsun. Fitting airbags in the Swift improved its score. The same could not be said for the Go.

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      1. kumar says:

        Shrawan it’s unfair to compare Go to Swift, It should be compared to Alto or EON.

        I wonder why EON and Alto were not part of the Crash Tests done?

      2. Hello Kumar, we haven’t compared the Go to the Swift.

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