The new-gen Datsun Redigo will come with considerable cosmetic tweaks and more safety features.
The Japanese auto manufacturer launched the facelifted Datsun Go and Go+ more than two months ago with significant updates in terms of the exterior, the interior, and the performance. Now, the attention has been shifted to another flagship Datsun product, the Redigo. First introduced to the Indian auto market in 2016, up to now, the Datsun small hatch has not received any facelifts. Projected to be launched in 2019, the Datsun Redigo is likely to get a considerable revision to help Datsun increase its sales.
The facelifted Datsun Redigo will be launched in 2019
Commenting on the updated design of its product including Datsun Redigo , Alfonso Albaisa, Executive Design Director, Nissan stated,
"There is a natural evolution happening in Datsun that is not visible to you yet and is really linked to a new platform. And with the new platform, we have created a whole new design language for Datsun which we will start teasing probably within a year or so. It was a great opportunity to really look at the brand, really look at where we are and really look at the story of Datsun. And the group is considering how we can talk about the great history that Datsun has and what kind of cars we should be designing that represent the history."
He further explains that the current styling will give way to a more muscular one. Like other Datsun products, the new Redigo will also become more amber, lighter and safer than the outgoing model, thanks to the new platform. Now, let's come to a more detailed explanation of the changes that the Redigo is anticipated to take, once launched in India.
1. Datsun Redigo Refreshed Exterior
Taking the design cues from the Go hatchback, the facelifted Datsun Redigo is anticipated to feature a new exterior design and a more top-notch cabin. Top variants will sport LED DRLs and fog lamps in the front; an electrically adjustable outside rearview mirror and alloy wheels on the side profile; and a rear wiper/wash.
The Datsun Redigo exterior will witness considerable updates
2. Datsun Redigo Tweaked Interior
Inside the cabin, the Redigo hatchback will be equipped with a tilt adjustable driving wheel, brand-new dashboard. There will also be a touchscreen infotainment system in the top-of-the-line variant, which is taken from its elder sister, the Go hatchback.
3. Datsun Redigo Additional Safety Features
Having said that, the most note-worthy updates will be the addition of more safety features, from the standard to the more advanced ones. The existing Redigo does not conform to the forthcoming safety regulations which will take effect in April 2019. It is equipped with only a side airbag for the driver (solely on higher-spec variants) and does not get ABS in any variants. To resolve these problems, Datsun is expected to equip the 2019 Redigo hatchback with
Dual front airbags
Anti-lock braking system
Rear parking sensors
Speed limit system
Reinforced body shell
Rear parking camera on the top variant
The 2019 Datsun Redigo is expected to feature a top-notch cabin
In the meantime, the new Datsun Redigo is expected to continue to be powered by the current 0.8L and 1.0L petrol motors. While the former can produce a max power of 54PS and a peak torque of 72Nm, the latter is good for an output of 68PS against 91Nm. For the former, the transmission duties are undertaken by a 5-speed MT gearbox; however, for the latter, besides a 5-speed MT unit, there is also a 5-speed AT one, both of which send power to the wheels of the hatchback.
2019 Cherokee Engine Types
0.8L petrol engine
1.0L petrol engine
Datsun Redigo is one of the most well-known hatchbacks with the Indian auto buyers for its affordable price. In fact, it is the most reasonably-priced hatchback in both Datsun and Nissan’s portfolio in India. Nissan-Datsun has witnessed poor sales for the past few months. For Nissan, the Kicks SUV is expected to help the Japanese automaker recover its sales. For Datsun, the new Datsun Go and Go+ have attracted some attention from the customers, but that’s not enough. The facelifted Datsun Redigo are expected to do what the Go twins have failed to do.
Currently, the Datsun Redigo is priced in the range from Rs 2.56 Lakhs to Rs 4.17 Lakhs. The facelifted version is expected to be priced over the outgoing one by Rs 5,000. Once launched in India, its direct competitor will continue to be the Maruti Alto and the Tata Nano whose production has been ceased.