Though the CMF-A was originally conceived to be a diesel-free platform, things appear to have changed somewhere down the line, at least as far as Datsun is concerned. The Datsun Redi-Go diesel variant is said to be under development for a 2017 launch.
According to Autocar professional, Nissan is working on a 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel motor which would be introduced on the Redi-Go low-cost small car. While further details of the engine are under wraps as of now, the publication estimates the power output to be in the vicinity of 55 bhp.
It’s to be noted that Nissan has outsourced the development of a modular 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine family to Hinduja Technologies (a subsidiary of Hinduja Group), which was previously known as Defiance Technologies. The objective of the project is to come up with a flexible engine platform which can adopt either petrol or diesel fuel with minimal modification. The petrol version had already been test fired and we think the diesel engine that Autocar Pro is talking about is a derivative of this platform.
Thanks to a high level of component sharing, engineering a diesel version based on the flexible platform would consume less lead time and development costs, which means, Nissan would be able to come up with aggressive pricing.
After being surprised by Renault Kwid‘s pricing, Nissan is apparently banking on the Datsun Redi-Go diesel variant to make inroads in a highly competitive small car segment. The Kwid is not likely to use the new oil burner. However, at the time of its world premiere (reported to be on April 14), the Redi-Go will be available only with the 800 cc petrol mill that is derived from the Kwid.
Datsun Redi-Go Concept – Photos
Via – Autocarpro.in