The Japanese brand acts as the entry-level companion to the Nissan range – much in the way the Dacia brand compliments Renault throughout Europe and other locales.
The Nissan sub-brand has now decided to upgrade its Redi-Go model for the Indian market – where it sells three models – with a new one-liter engine. It’s actually the exact same powerplant used by the Renault Kwid, because the cars are actually sharing DNA. The mill gets its owner to 68 PS at 5,500rpm and 91Nm (67lb-ft) of torque at 4,250 rpm, just about the same as you would get in Europe on a variety of brands and models – from a Smart ForTwo to the Dacia Sandero.
The new engine comes to replace to older 0.8-liter, but has about the same fuel economy of 22.5 km/l versus 22.7 in the previous version. The engineers also fiddled with the 5-speed manual gearbox, and the company also claims the model comes with the best ground clearance in its class, with the small hatchback actually not being of the crossover variety. The interior features a new all-black appearance, with silver accents and piano black finish, as well as red stitching on the seats. “Today’s youth want a car that shows their personality with style, and the Redi-Go 1.0L is ready to meet their needs with more power and convenience,” comments Datsun’s VP, Jerome Saigon.