10 Most Fun To Drive Hatchbacks In India
We Indians buy cars for a variety of reasons. Some buy for only ferrying themselves and their family members and friends from point A to point B, some buy for fulfilling their business purposes. However, there is one section of buyers in India, which buys car for the pure driving pleasure and to fulfill their craving and love for automobiles. They drive cars to enjoy every bit of it - the way the engine kicks down, the way the gears shift with precision, the way the steering handles with a certain perfection. There are very few such cars which fulfill these requirements and wishes of driving enthusiasts of India, for the market is more tilted towards making feature rich and fuel efficient cars
However, there exist some budget hatchbacks which do fulfill the aforementioned criteria of giving a thrilling experience every time its driver is behind its steering wheel. Some cars are purposely built to give a focused driver’s appeal, while some of them have unknowingly became the cars which are more targeted towards functionality, general appeal and fuel efficiency. Following is a list of ten such hatchbacks in the Indian mass market for cars, which are made for those driving enthusiasts which do not have pockets deep enough to splurge on a proper sportscar, but then these cars are worthy enough to be fun to drive as well as practical at the same time. Here you go:-
List of MUVs available in India
India has always been one country, where all the aspects and facts related to unity get affirmed with facts. Be it its cultural and linguistic diversities or the bonds between different generations, everyone has been coexisting with dignified unities. And when it comes to families, the Indians have always shown a warm bonding between all the members, speaking in particular.
Speaking of the automobile industry, given the varying needs of different members of families, the need of a single vehicle complying to all of these needs in a single package has risen in recent times. This is why the segment of multi utility vehicles (MUVs) has seen a positive growth in recent times. This upward growth of MUVs is the reason why all the manufacturers are trying to have a piece of profit in this category, and are not shying off by experimenting too. In the last two years, we have seen everything starting off from a sub four meter compact family wagon to a full fledged luxury seven seater.
In this feature story, we are throwing some light on all the seven seater MUVs which are existing in the Indian market, catering to varying needs of different people, or to be specific, families. Here is a complete list of all the MUVs available in India:-
2019 Datsun redi-GO Sport
Datsun has introduced a special edition model of the redi-GO hatchback in India, the new special edition model was introduced just before the festive season and is available only with the top-end, ‘S’, grade only.
Datsun introduced the redi-GO hatchback in India recently and it is the entry level offering from the Nissan owned brand. The small car rivals the likes of the Tata Nano hatchback, the Maruti Alto800 and the Renault KWID. Offcourse it does not provide plenty of space inside and neither has rich features like its rivals. But the redi-GO has definitely hit the sweet spot in the Indian market with its pricing.
The special edition Redi-GO Sport on the other hand only gets some cosmetic updates and few other additions inside. Although there are no changes under the hood but this becomes one of the best selling cars from Datsun.
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Six Entry Level Small Cars Making News In India
There is no doubt in the fact that small cars is the most competitive car segment of the Indian market and also is one of the toughest. We cannot also deny the fact that this segment is also the driving force behind the car sales in India. Those Auto manufacturers doing business in India knows very well that they have to launch atleast one small car if they want to push sales volume in the country.
Recently we have seen plenty of new offerings in this particular entry level segment while some impressed the crowd others are still trying to make a name. Some of the major auto manufacturers who actually launched their new offerings in this segment include Datsun, Renault and Tata while definitely the most loved autlo brand when it comes to small cars is Maruti. Now that there are plenty of options available in the market we tried to pick out 5 best choices in this segment and arranged it according to their prices to make things easier for you all.
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Datsun Introduces GO & GO+ Style Edition (TVC, Images & Many More)
Datsun has decided to introduce a limited edition Go and GO+ in the India dubbed as the Go and the GO+ ‘Style’ edition. These new edition not only gets new exterior colour option but few extra options on the interior as well. The limited ‘Style’ editions of Datsun GO and GO+ are available only in the ‘T’ grade with all the dealers across the country.
Talking about features both the vehicles gets a new Blue exterior colour besides the already available White and Ruby colours. The exterior gets a new roof rails, an additional rear spoiler and also body graphics especially for this limited edition ‘Style’ Logo. Apart from the exterior the interior also gets a dual tone Black and Beige tone. Apart from that the interior also gets a piano black instrument console with a dash of silver finish accents on them.
Besides these special features which are available with the special edition cars, the other standard features includes follow me headlamps, speed sensitive electric power steering, power windows, mobile phone holder, auxiliary in and USB charger. Both the GO and GO+ also benefit from a powerful Air conditioning and also gets central locking as well.
Both the Datsun GO and Datsun GO+ is powered by a single 1.2 litre, 3cyliner petrol unit which is capable of producing about 68 Bhp of peak power and 108 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox which sends all that power to the front wheels. Both the Datsun GO and Datsun GO+ promises to deliver an impressive fuel efficiency figures of 20.6 kmpl.
The Datsun Go hatchback ‘Style’ Edition is priced is priced at INR 4,06,974 whereas the GO+ is priced at INR 4,77,552 (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. Both these cars will be sold in limited numbers in between the month of August to October 2016.
Watch Sona Mahapatra and Ram Sampat recording the Datsun Redi Go song: Video
Sona Mahapatra and Ram Sampat, both of them are well known personalities in the Indian music arena. Recently they recorded the new song for the TVC of the Datsun Redi Go. The song is peppy and portrays the character of the Datsun Redi Go.
The Datsun Redi Go is the latest hatchback on offer from the Japanese automaker. It comes with a tall boy stance featuring sharp headlamps, hexagonal chrome garnished front grille, muscular cuts and creases at exterior. The interior of the car comes with a minimalist appearance featuring just the necessary things. It is spacious and comfortable.
The power source for the car is the 0.8 litre TCe petrol engine which also does duty under the hood of the Renault Kwid. The engine is paired with a 5 speed manual gearbox and churns out 54 hp of peak power at 5678 rpm and 72 Nm of peak torque at 4386 rpm. The car can accelerate 0 – 100 kmph in just 15.98 seconds. It also delivers 25.17 kmpl of ARAI certified fuel economy. The car is powered at INR. 2.39 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi).
What’s making the Datsun Redi Go Hot
Datsun Redi Go is the latest compact hatchback from the Japanese automaker. It’s been less than one month, and the car has sold more than 3000 units in India. Since it was first spotted the car made headlines in the Indian automotive space. Due to the success of Redi Go the Datsun has become the fastest growing brand in June in the country. No wonder, the Redi Go is one of the hot cars of India at present. We wonder what makes the car so hot, that people desire it so much. Here are some of the reasons, which might make sense.
The best cars to drive in India’s city traffic
Indian roads are notoriously congested, and at times the driving or riding in the Indian cities becomes nightmares for the vehicle owners. And now with every single day passing the volume of traffic on the Indian roads are increasing rapidly, which is leading to more traffic jams, late entry to office and many other troubles as well. People who dreams of large luxurious cars, finally end up getting nightmares as commuting in city with larger cars are pretty much taxing.
Now to get rid of that problem you can opt for either public transport system, which is economic but very tiring on other hand, or you can avail a small car which can take you to your destination without much hassle. Here come the 7 ideal cars for better city commuting in India.
Datsun Redi-Go Prices Starts From INR. 2, 39 Lakhs
All of us are quite excited about the newest product from Datsun. This entry level hatchback which is a direct rival of the Renault KWID picked up quite an attention. Although Datsun has introduced the car formally infront of the media as well as public but they haven’t yet announced the prices yet but recently we have came to know that the Datsun Redi-Go which is Datsun’s newest hatchback and underpins the same platform which also supports the Renault KWID will be priced from INR. 2.39 Lakhs (ex showroom).
That’s right the Datsun Redi-Go hatchback will be launched in the Indian market on 7th June and the bookings for this newest hatchback has already started from 29th May onward. The Redi-Go hatchback is being manufactured at the Oragadam Chennai factory and this will be targeted towards the first time car buyers of the country. The car will rivals the likes of the Maruti Alto800, the Hyundai Eon and its very own brother the Renault KWID.
The Renault REdi-GO as you all already know by now will be powered by a 799 cc engine inline three-pod four-valve DOHC unit which also does duty under the hood of the Renault KWID. This engine produces about 53 bhp of maximum power at 5678 rpm and 72 Nm of peak torque at 4386 rpm. The engine is paired to a five-speed manual transmission which sends all that power to the front wheels.
Five Cars Creating Headlines This June
The year 2016 has been seeing a surge in the car launch in Indian market. Several automakers have been launching or unveiling their upcoming new models or the facelift versions of the existing models. The month of June is no different as well. Automakers like Mercedes Benz, Mahindra & Mahindra and Datsun is launching their new products in Indian market, while the Volkswagen has chosen the month to reveal the pricing detail of its upcoming compact sedan Volkswagen Ameo. On the other hand, the Porsche is also beginning the booking process for its upcoming Macan 2.0L, which is about to hit the market later this year.
So far, several automakers have created headlines with their products in Indian automotive space in June 2016. Here let’s take a look at the cars creating headlines in June.
Datsun Redi Go is ready to launch, arrives in dealerships
Japanese automaker Datsun is gearing up to launch their latest compact hatchback Redi Go in India in a few days. Prior to the launch in early June the Redi Go has been started reaching the dealerships across the country. The Datsun Redi Go is a tallboy designed compact hatchback which was unveiled a few days ago.
The Datsun Redi Go sports a muscular appearance with sharp creases and cuts. The front profile boasts chrome garnished hexagonal radiator grille, sharp headlamps with chrome highlights. The lower front fascia boasts LED daytime running lights at the place of fog lamps. The side profile comes with sharp cuts and muscular appearance. The rear profile also gets the beefy vibe. The car comes with tall appearance, which indicates the spacious interior. Inside the cabin the Datsun Redi Go gets a minimalist yet very practical appearance, with three spoke steering wheel, a large analog dial consisting instrument cluster, sleek stereo console at the centre console.
Power source for the car is a 0.8 litre SCe petrol engine which is also working under the hood of the Renault Kwid. The engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission churns out 54 PS of peak power and 74 Nm of peak torque. The engine is known to deliver 25.17 kmpl of fuel economy.
Three important cars launching in June 2016
The year 2016 has already marked the launch of several important models by various automakers. Maruti-Suzuki has already launched their first compact SUV Vitara Brezza, which has garnered immense popularity within very short time. Mahindra launched their compact hatchback KUV 100, which comes in guise of a compact SUV. Mercedes Benz recently launched its range topping SUV GLS in India.
In upcoming months several other important models are expected to launch in Indian market. The month of June is going to see the launch of three very important models in the country. Let’s take a look at the cars expected to launch in June 2016.
Top 5 Fuel Efficient Petrol Cars in India you can buy under INR. 5 lakh
Indian customers have been known for their love for diesels, but in recent times as the government and courts implementing bans on diesel vehicles, the other fossil fuel petrol is coming in focus. The petrol cars are so far cheaper than the diesel powered cars. Although petrol cars are not known for their fuel efficiency, but we found some cars available in Indian market, which offer amazing fuel economy, even in some cases more than diesel ones.
For your convenience we made a list of petrol cars with great fuel economy available under the Rs. 5 lakh pricing slab. So what you get here is the list of 5 petrol cars, which comes with cheaper price tags and great fuel economy. That’s economic during the purchase and post purchase as well. The cars include several Maruti-Suzuki cars, and among others Tata Motors has the Tiago. Recently unveiled Datsun Redi Go also comes at the top models in the list, alongside the Renault Kwid. In fact, both the Renault Kwid and the Datsun Redi Go is at the top of the list jointly.
Let’s take a look at our list.
Datsun Redi Go: Facts You Need to Know
Datsun Redi Go is the latest offering from the Japanese automaker in Indian market, which is all set to hit the showrooms of the country in a few days. Datsun has been operating in the Indian automobile market for quite some time. Despite launching the models like Go, Go+ Datsun is yet to receive the desired success in Indian market. Now the automaker has introduced the Redi Go compact hatchback, which adorns a completely different design language; which is stylish, urban and appealing. Bearing the Yukan design language the Datsun Redi Go looks muscular and bold. Inside the cabin it offers plenty of space and comfort with practicality.
Here we will take a look at the interesting facts about the car.
Booking for Datsun Redi Go commence on 1st May
Datsun unveiled their latest compact hatchback Redi Go in India on 14th April, which also marked the global debut of this small car. The booking process for the car is commencing from 1st May onwards, and interested customers can book the car at just INR. 5000. The delivery will begin from June onwards.
The Datsun Redi Go comes as a compact and sporty looking small hatchback, which looks appealing and not actually dull like Datsun’s other previous offerings. Datsun Redi Go is based on the CMF-A platform which also houses the Renault Kwid, which is a very popular compact hatchback with SUV like appearance in India, launched few months back. The Datsun Redi Go not only shares the same platform with Kwid, but also the powertrain is same. The Datsun Redi Go is powered by the same 800 cc SCe engine which is available under the hood of Renault Kwid. The engine gets mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and churns out 54 PS peak power and 74 Nm of peak torque. Later the hatchback might get a 1.0 litre engine following the Renault Kwid’s 1.0 litre engine inclusion.
Design wise the Datsun Redi Go gets sharp headlamps with LED units, hexagonal front grille with chrome highlight and honeycomb design. The lower front bumper gets LED strips, while the side profile gets alloy wheels, muscular cuts and creases. The interior is practical and stylish and sports minimalist attempt on the feature front.
Spec comparison: Datsun Redi Go vs Hyundai Eon
Datsun has just unveiled their latest compact hatchback offering Redi Go in India, which marked the car’s global premiere. The Datsun Redi Go eyes the entry level compact hatchback segment of Indian market, which is very much popular and very demanding in the country. With an expected price range between INR. 2.5 lakh to INR. 3.5 lakh it is expected to give several compact hatchbacks tough competition, which include Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800, Renault Kwid, Hyundai Eon.
Today, we decided to bring you a spec sheet based comparison between the two competitors Datsun Redi Go and Hyundai Eon. The Eon was first introduced in Indian market in 2011, which became quite popular due to the interesting styling, curvy design, compactness, practicality and affordability. But, since then 5 years passed by; competition grew rapidly, several new cars made entry to the market.
Now, let’s take a look at these two cars, how they face each other.
Spec comparison: Datsun redi-GO vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800
Datsun just unveiled their latest offering in Indian market in form of Redi Go. First showcased at the 2014 New Delhi Auto Expo as a concept form, Datsun unveiled the new compact hatchback four years later. The new compact hatchback looks stylish and very much urban. Although Datsun is not so popular brand in Indian market, but the Japanese automaker is expecting a sales boost with their latest offering, when they launch the car in mid May.
Datsun Redi Go is all set to compete against popular compact hatchbacks like Renault Kwid, Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon. Comparing all these cars, it can be said, that Datsun Redi Go boasts a much more stylish appearance than the other three cars.
Here we will take a look at the Datsun Redi Go and its competitor Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800. Let’s see, how these two cars stand against each other.
Datsun redi-GO hatchback Debuts In India; Deliveries To Commence From June
Datsun took the wraps of the much anticipated production spec redi-go hatchback in Delhi today. This will be their third offering in the Indian market after the Go and the Go+. The Datsun redi-Go is second model which underpins the Renault-Nissan alliance based CMF-A platform after the Renault KWID.
As far as the styling is concerned, Datsun has not made much changes to the redi-Go concept which was showcased at the 2014, Delhi Auto Expo which is definitely a good thing. Take a look at it and you will love everything about this new hatchback, this hatchback blends compact crossover & urban hatchback styling perfectly.
Towards the front the hatchback gets sharp looking pulled back headlamps which come with integrated turn indicators as well, while the DRL’s are positioned towards the lower half of the front bumper. The front profile of the hatchback is also dominated by the huge hexagonal grille with the Datsun logo in the middle.
The side profile unlike the other cars of its segment gets a tall stance last but not the least the new hatchback also gets an impressive 185 mm ground clearance as well. Towards the rear things looks identical to the sketches released by Datsun few days ago. The rear profile of the hatchback gets vertically stacked taillamps and separate reflectors positioned towards the lower half of the contoured rear bumper.
Under the hood like we already informed you before the redi-Go hatchback share the same 800 cc, three cylinder petrol unit with the KWID hatch, this engine is also paired to a 5 speed manual transmission. However there is a fair chance that Datsun will also offer the more powerful 1.0 Unit with the AMT Transmission along with this hatchback at a later stage.
2016 Datsun redi-GO
As promised Datsun has unveiled their newest hatchback in India; their newest offering is actually based on the redi-Go concept which they showcased at the 2014, Auto Expo New Delhi. Datsun tried to establish itself as a brand by offering low cost cars in Indian market and although we cannot actually call them successful yet In India but after their resurrection in the year 2013, Datsun really have adopted clever strategies to engineer and sell their cars.
Datsun is currently being owned by Nissan and right now they have a stronghold in the markets of Indonesia, South Africa, Russia and India. Both their products offered in India includes the Go and the Go+ definitely has their own unique appeal and although they are not the best selling vehicles of their segment but actually is able to provide a tough competition to their rivals.
Datsun has shared Nissan’s engine and platform on their products and their upcoming redi-Go hatchback will also not be different either because it will be built on the same CMF-A platform which underpins the Renault KWID (The CMF-A platform has been designed and engineered in India and was developed under Renault and Nissan alliance). We also have to mention the fact that the Datsun’s upcoming hatchback redi-Go will also use the same engine from the KWID but will also rival the car at the same time.
However unlike the Renault KWID the redi-Go will have a completely different character and offcourse a fresh new styling which the Datsun official’s thinks will be appreciated by the Indian buyers.
Although not much information is available at this moment about this upcoming hatchback but we have gathered all the information and tried to provide you our first impression of the Datsun redi-Go hatchback.
Update 14.04.2016:- Datsun has taken the wraps of the redi-GO hatchback today and they have also said that the pre-bookings will commence from 1st May while the deliveries will begin from 1st June onward
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Comparison: Datsun redi-Go Vs Renault KWID
Datsun is all set to take the covers off their newest hatchback in the Indian market on April 14th 2016. Now almost all of you know by now that Datsun has showcased the redi-Go concept hatchback for the first time at the 2014 Auto expo New Delhi and fortunately they have decided not to make too many changes to the production variant of the hatchback in terms of styling and what was also surprising was the fact that Datsun decided to not change the name as well.
According to the recent reports the redi-Go hatchback will be powered by a sub 1000 cc engine and thus it will compete directly with the likes of the other entry level hatchbacks like the Alto800, Hyundai Eon and the segments current favorite car the Renault KWID.
Datsun has decided to borrow the same CMF-A platform from the Renault KWID and even its petrol engine. We have already provided our first impression of the upcoming hatchback and now we are here to provide you a spec comparison detail between the Datsun redi-Go and the already existing Renault KWID.