Datsun has finally launched the Redi-Go 1.0-litre AMT in India at an introductory price tag of Rs 3.80 lakhs (ex-showroom). The AMT gearbox is available with the 999cc petrol engine which was already on sale in India with a five-speed manual transmission. The AMT is available across two trims options - T (O) and S. The prices for both the trims are as follows:
T (o) - Rs 3.80 lakhs
S - Rs 3.95 lakhs
Datsun is calling their AMT technology as Smart Drive Auto. The AMT transmission comes with a facility of the manual mode for better control over gear changes. It also comes with what Datsun calls “Rush Hour Mode”, which is essentially a creep function of the automatic transmission helpful in bumper to bumper traffic. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol mill powering the puny hatch churns out 67bhp of power and 91Nm of torque.
Appearance wise there is nothing to differentiate the AMT from the standard hatchback; not even the tell-tale AMT badges to differentiate it from the other siblings. However, the rudimentary music system gets Bluetooth connectivity as a welcome addition which wasn’t available in any other variant till date. The cabin continues to be an all-black affair with a black finish for the centre console, 2-Din music system, fabric seats, central locking, and front power windows. There are also daytime running lamps and a driver airbag for the top-spec trim. The hatchback can be had in five body colours – Ruby red, Lime green, white, grey and silver.
Now that the potent version of the Redi-Go comes sans the third peddle, it truly becomes a proper city hatchback. Its prices undercut that of its rivals like the Renault Kwid RXL AMT and the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Vxi AMT as well. The Redi-Go has kept the numbers moving for the Japanese carmaker in India. Now, the introduction of the 1.0L AMT will help boost the sales further as the car buyers will find it as an ideal choice in its price range. However, the Redi-Go still lacks the appeal of the other two competitors. But nothing can beat Redi-Go’s claim as the cheapest automatic car that you can buy in India right now.