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Datsun RediGo India Launch in May 2016

Snapshot: Datsun RediGo would be based on the same architecture as the Renault Kwid, while it previews the concept RediGo

Datsun, the cost-effective brand of Nissan, would launch the RediGo in May 2016 in the country, claims an ET report. The Redigo would be the company's third product in India, while the fourth vehicle - the GO-Cross - would join the Datsun family by the end of 2016. Just so you know, Datsun RediGo would be based on the same architecture as the Renault Kwid, while it previews the concept RediGo which was unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo.

Check out the Datsun GO-Cross concept unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo

Datsun RediGo would be using the Renault-Nissan alliance developed CMF-A architecture as the Renault Kwid. The exterior styling of the RediGo would be inspired from the RediGo concept. Though, the small hatch wouldn't appear identical to the Kwid, despite the platform being same. The ET report further states that Datsun was all set to showcase the production version of RediGo at the 2016 Auto Expo, but decided to withdrew it at the last instant due to less features as compared with Kwid. For those asking, Renault unveiled the 1.0L version of Kwid hatch with an AMT gearbox at the 2016 Auto Expo.

Mechanically, the Datsun RediGO would be powered by the Nissan's 1.2L, 3-cylinder petrol engine, which is on offer with the GO hatchback and GO+ compact MPV. It rubbishes all the rumours that claimed that the RediGo would carry either the 0.8L or the 1.0L petrol motor which comes with the Renault Kwid. For those wondering, the 1.2L petrol engine also comes with the Nissan Micra. The RediGO would be the entry-level model in Datsun range and would be priced in a range of Rs. 2.5-3.5 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom). It would be up against the likes of Maruti Alto K10, Hyundai Eon, and Renault Kwid.

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