Scheduled to be launched in 2018, the new Datsun Cross crossover will challenge the likes of Tata Nexon, Honda WRV and Maruti Vitara Brezza.
Nissan’s low-cost brand, Datsun has finally revealed the production version of the GO Cross concept in Jakarta, Indonesia. Called Datsun Cross, the new model is based on the modified V platform that also underpins the GO twins. The Datsun Cross 2018 model will also make its way to Indian market. Just to jog your memory, the vehicle was previewed in a concept avatar at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. This model is a seven-seater crossover based on the GO+ MPV, but it comes with significant changes inside and outside.
The Datsun Cross 2018 shares most of its body panels with the Datsun GO+, which is currently on sale in India. Not just design, the crossover shares mechanics with the sibling MPV. This model gets aggressive styling elements like body cladding, integrated roof spoiler, new front and higher ground clearance to offer a sporty look. While the exterior styling resembles the GO+ MPV, the cabin receives majority of changes. It comes equipped with a new dashboard, a touchscreen infotainment system and newly styled air-conditioning vents. The vehicle comes equipped with dual front airbags, ABS, stability control, rear parking sensors and seatbelts for all three rows as standard.
The Indonesian spec model is powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine that also powers the GO+ MPV. The Crossover also comes equipped with a CVT automatic option along with a five-speed manual unit. If reports are to be believed, the India-spec model could get a diesel engine as well. However, nothing concrete on the same has been revealed by the automaker. Upon its launch, this crossover will challenge the likes of Tata Nexon, Honda WRV and Maruti Vitara Brezza.
Datsun has already unveiled the new Cross model in the Indonesian market, while the official launch will take place in March 2018. In India, the vehicle is expected to be launched in the second half of 2018. We will update our readers as soon as Datsun India reveals anything on the same.
In the Indonesian market, the Datsun Cross is priced at Rp 163 million (approx 7.17 lakh). To be positioned above GO+ MPV, the new Cross comes equipped with several new features and a sporty body kit. Additionally, it will be the first Datsun car in India to feature a touchscreen infotainment system. The added features will increase the pricing of the car and we expect the new crossover to cost between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh in India.
The Cross is built on Nissan’s V-platform that also underpins the GO+ MPV and GO hatchback. However, Datsun engineers have tweaked the platform to offer more stable and safer structure. Despite sharing body panels and styling cues, the new Datsun Cross 2018 looks more like a compact SUV – thanks to its bold silhouette and a raised ground clearance. As mentioned in the beginning, the concept GO Cross was previewed at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. And the production model sourced some of its design cues from the concept. It is equipped with a chrome laden hexagonal grille, kinked LED headlights and large fog lamp arrangement similar to other Datsun cars.
The new Cross model looks like a rugged derivative of the GO+ MPV rather than all-new product. It comes with silver chromed bumper with black plastic extensions, auxiliary circular lamps and high bonnet line that adds to its sporty appeal. The side profile looks more like a MPV, featuring silver lower body cladding along with black plastic that runs across the body, roof rails, raised height and muscular wheel arches. At the back, the SUV gets big bumper with faux air-intakes, LED taillight enclosures and silver diffuser. Spy images reveal that the new model gets larger wheels and higher ground clearance. Also Read – Datsun Redi-GO AMT – All You Need To Know
Slotted below 4-meter in length, the new Datsun Cross 2018 model measures 3,999mm in length, 1,685mm in width and 1,550mm in height. It comes with a wheelbase of 2,450mm, while the ground clearance stands at 200mm. The boot space is likely to be around 300-litres. This crossover rides on new 15-inch alloy wheels shod with 175/65 R15 tyres.
The cabin of the GO Cross has sourced several features from the GO+ MPV. It was speculated that the car will be a five-seater; however, the vehicle will be a seven-seater car. This crossover comes with better material quality and fit and finish than the sibling MPV. The Datsun Cross 2018 gets all-black interior, revised dashboard and a touchscreen infotainment system and rectangular shaped air-conditioning vents.
The touchscreen infotainment system initially comes with basic connectivity features. However, Datsun will offer more connectivity features in the future. It is also expected that the company could introduce the GO twins with a touchscreen infotainment system. The company will launch the updated GO range in late 2018 or early 2019. The infotainment system comes with a 6.75-unch touchscreen unit along with AM/FM, MP3, USB, AUX-in, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity. In terms of equipment, the Datsun Cross gets manual air-conditioning, power windows with an auto up/down function, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, a rear wiper, automatic headlamps with a follow-me-home function, a power outlet, etc. Seats are wrapped in fabric, but misses out on headrest for even front occupants.
The Indonesian-spec model is powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, petrol engine that churns out a maximum power output of 67.06bhp at 5,000rpm along with a peak torque of 104NM at 4,000. It was expected that Datsun will tune this engine to offer more power and torque; that didn’t happen. Transmission options will include a five-speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox as optional.
For the Indian market, the company could also launch the diesel version of the car. It is expected to get a 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine that also does duty in the Micra hatchback. This engine is capable of producing a maximum power output of 63.1bhp and a peak torque of 160Nm. A five-speed gearbox driving the power to the front wheels of the car will come as standard. The petrol version will get the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that will be offered with Indonesian model. It will also get a CVT automatic option.
Similar to other Datsun cars, the new Go Cross will offer higher fuel efficiency. While the petrol version will deliver around 18-20kmpl, the oil burner will return close to 23-25kmpl.
– Kinked headlight with LED daytime running lights
– Large fog lamp assembly
– Body cladding
– Scuff plates
– Integrated roof spoiler
– Seven-seat arrangement
– ABS with EBD and brake-assist
– Power windows with an up/down function
– Rear parking sensors
– Touchscreen infotainment system
The new Datsun Cross crossover sits below 4 meter in length, which suggests that it won’t offer huge legroom and headroom space for front and rear occupants. Though, the company would design the cabin smartly to offer decent space to accommodate front and second row passengers comfortably. Though, the third row of seats will be good enough for kids only.
The Indonesian spec model is equipped with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), dual-front airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution), seat belts for all three rows as standard. The top-end model will also get rear parking sensor and engine immobilizer and others.
The new crossover will come with McPherson Strut with double pivot lower arm suspension at the front and H-type Torsion Beam unit at the rear. For braking, the crossover will get disc brakes at the front and drum unit at the rear. It will also get ABS with EBD and brake assist.
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