Datsun India recently launched the redi-GO for the Indian market. The model arrived with a price tag of Rs. 2,29,220 (Ex-Showroom, Mumbai). As we wait for the redi-GO to arrive on the streets, one more piece of news from the house of Datsun surfaces on the web.
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If reports are to be believed, the Go, Datsun’s first car for the Indian market, is likely to receive a 1.0 litre engine. The engine is the same unit that is due to make its debut on the Renault Kwid. It is said that the engine is likely to produce a power output of 65 hp for the India spec model while a minor push in the state of tune is expected for the export markets.
A power output of 65 hp is said to be ideal for engine of the hatchback whose kerb weight stands at 788 kg. The reason cited for replacing the current 1.2 litre engine with the 1.0 litre motor is that the current engine is expensive to manufacture as its parts are imported from other countries. Another considerable reason is that the said engine feels a tad overpowered for the Go.
As the 1.0 litre engine is under heavy localization, just as the rest of the parts of the Go, the company will be able to price the model lower as compared to its current price of Rs. 3,25,726 (Ex-Showroom, Delhi). One important fact that the company would have to take into consideration would be the changes that need to be made to the vehicle as the 1.0 litre engine was developed only for cars underpinned by the CMF-A platform.