Nissan-owned Datsun sub-brand has started the trial production of the upcoming redi-Go hatchback at the Renault-Nissan alliance plant in Oragadam, Chennai. The yet-to-be-launched small hatchback, the redi-Go, will share the CMF-A platform that also underpins the Renault Kwid. The redi-Go is the third vehicle for India by Datsun after the Go hatchback and Go+ MPV.
According to a report by ET Auto, sources close to company have confirmed the trail production of the redi-Go. The produced model is expected to be used for the testing as well as homologation purposes prior to the official launch. Full-scale production of the small car would likely brgin closer to the launch, which is touted in the third quarter of 2016.
Few recent reports claimed that Datsun is looking to replicate the success story of the Renault Kwid with a low price tag for the redi-Go. To make sure the company does achieve that, the redi-Go may get a price range cheaper than that of the Kwid, however, the car will pack almost the same features as that of the Kwid, save for the touchscreen system.
The countless spyshots so far indicate the redi-Go will have same silhouette of the concept model unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014. Under the hood, the redi-Go is speculated to get a three-cylinder petrol engine with a five-speed manual transmission. The model is also likely to come equipped with an automated manual transmission (AMT) variant as there is an increasing demand for AMT models in the country.
With more than 95% localisation, the redi-Go from the house of Nissan Datsun is expected to carry a price tag of under Rs 3.5 lakh for the top spec version in the country.