Datsun Redi-Go AMT is a five-speed unit that is offered only in the select 1.0-litre engine equipped variants
Nissan’s budget brand Datsun has just introduced an AMT transmission into its top-selling Redi-Go entry-level small car and its deliveries have begun officially from yesterday. Bookings had already commenced across all Nissan and Datsun dealerships in India at an initial amount of Rs. 10,000 right from January 10.
Underpinned by the CMF-A global architecture, the RediGo has the mechanical bits and platform shared with the SUV-esque Kwid. The Japanese manufacturer has long been expected to launch Automated Manual Transmission equipped variants ever since the much-talked-about Kwid 1.0L entered sales in November 2016.
The existence of AMT will enable the new Redi-Go customers an option to choose between two transmission and to address the first-time buyers who largely prefer the two-pedal system in recent times. It is the same unit that can be witnessed on the Kwid but it does not have a rotary controller for toggling between automatic and manual modes.
It has a regular stick function with R N D controls and switching to M enables manual mode. Unlike the Kwid AMT, it gets a creep function called Rush Hour which is said to enhance the ease of driving. The top-of-the-range S variant and the T (O) are the only grades to feature an AMT-equipped 1.0L engine.
The base level trims will continue to derive power from the same 799 CC three-cylinder, DOHC, inline, i-SAT, petrol motor which is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 53 bhp at 5,700 rpm and 72 Nm peak torque at 4,400 rpm. It is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Presently, the tall-riding Redi-Go carries a price tag of Rs. 2.41 lakh for the base model and it goes all the up to Rs. 3.75 lakh for the range-topping Gold Limited Edition (ex-showroom prices, Delhi). The Redi-GO is currently offered in T(O) and S trims with the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine and the trims have been expanded to accommodate the AMT.
With a price difference of around Rs. 22,000, the T (O) AMT comes priced at Rs 3.81 lakh while the S AMT costs Rs. 3.96 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). As the manual counterpart, the 1.0-litre AMT equipped engine develops a maximum power output of 67 bhp @ 5,500 rpm and churns out 91 Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm.
No cosmetic and interior modifications have been made to differentiate the AMT variants from the regular version. In terms of features, it comprises of an audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, hands-free calling and audio streaming. The new system will also be sold with the regular T (O) and S trims on the 0.8L and 1.0L variants. Stay tuned to our website to read the comprehensive review of the AMT version!