Datsun redi-GO

Nissan's Datsun's new small car redi-Go is expected to be launched in India in June and the official bookings are scheduled to begin from May 1. But it looks like some of the dealers of the company have already opened the bookings for the upcoming redi-Go hatchback, and if the initial numbers are anything to by, redi-Go could be a possible game-changer for the company in the market.

A report by the Business Standard notes that the dealers of Datsun have started accepting the bookings for the redi-Go and the hatchback has received nearly 150 bookings in four days in Mumbai alone. This is interesting given that prospective buyers are booking the new hatchback even before the demo cars of the model hit the showrooms.

The redi-Go, the car based on the same Common Module Family (CMF-A) platform that of Renault Kwid, is also looking to replicate the success of the model in the country. The Kwid has garnered over one lakh bookings since its launch in last September. The redi-Go is expected to be priced at about Rs. 2.5 lakh.

To be powered by an 800cc three-cylinder petrol engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission, the new Datsun offering weighs just 660kg and is shorter than the Kwid. It comes with a ground clearance of 185mm and is expected to pack similar features of the Kwid. The redi-Go is also expected to offer better mileage.

The redi-Go is Datsun's third offering in the Indian market after Go hatchback and Go+ MPV and also the company's first model based on CMF-A platform.

[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]