In India, the Datsun GO Cross will take on the likes of Ford EcoSport, Honda WR-V and Tata Nexon.
The Datsun GO-Cross might come with a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol and a 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine options.
With the arrival of new models, the compact SUV segment is going fierce in India. With an aim to tap this space, some of the car manufacturers will launch the updated version of their existing models. While Hyundai will come up with an all-new Carlino based sub-4 meter SUV, Renault is preparing an all-new sub-4 meter SUV on Kwid’s platform. While Nissan will bring in the all-new Kicks compact SUV, its low cost brand – Datsun will launch the GO Cross crossover. Just to jog your memory, the Datsun GO Cross first broke cover in its concept form at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. Based on the Micra’s V-platform, this new model will be a sub-4 meter in length. Internally known as EM2, the Datsun GO Cross will go up against the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Honda WR-V. Due to its crossover-like styling, other similarly priced models like Mahindra KUV100 NXT and Maruti Ignis also come in the radar.
– Datsun has confirmed that the production version of the new GO Cross will have its world premiere on January 18, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The vehicle will first go on sale in the Indonesian market, followed by other developing nations including India. The crossover will share mechanics with the GO twins – i.e. 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 5-speed gearbox.
– Prior to its official unveiling, the production-ready GO Cross has been captured on camera in Indonesia. The spy pictures reveal some of its design and styling highlights. The vehicle design seems inspired by the GO+ MPV. Though, it will have more rugged body panels, body cladding and bumpers. Continue reading…
– Hexagonal grille with chrome bezel
– LED fog lights
– Auxiliary circular lamps
– Chromed finished wheels
– Silver chromed bumper with black plastic extensions
– LED headlamps
– Silver lower body cladding and roof rails
– Rear bumper with pseudo air intakes
– Silver diffuser and LED taillight
– High ground clearance
– ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
– EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution)
– Dual front airbags
– Engine immobilizer
– Rear parking sensor
Datsun’s all-new crossover, GO Cross is ready to see a release in the Indonesian market. While the official unveiling of the vehicle will take place on January 18, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia, the carmaker has already begun accepting pre-orders for the vehicle. The GO Cross sub-4 meter crossover concept had its India debut at the 2016 Auto Expo. It was speculated that the company could showcase the production-ready model at the 2018 Auto Expo. However, Nissan and Datsun are not participating in the 14th edition of this biennial event. While the official launch date and details are yet to be announced, it is expected to hit our shores in the second half of 2018. Read: Datsun redi-GO AMT – All You Need To Know
|Base Model||Rs 5 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 10 lakh|
The upcoming car Datsun crossover will use Nissan’s V minus platform, which is currently developed in India. This low-cost platform has been built with extensive localisation and shares lots of components with GO+ will surely help the carmaker price the vehicle well against its arch rivals. Considering the comprehensive localisation, the new Datsun crossover could be the most affordable offering in its league. The Datsun GO Cross price in India is expected to start from Rs 5 lakh for the base model, and go up to Rs 10 lakh for the range-topping variant. Production of this five-seater crossover will take place at the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s manufacturing facility in Chennai. Picture Gallery – Datsun GO Live Concept
As mentioned in the beginning, the GO Cross will be built on Nissan’s V platform that also underpins the GO+ MPV. However, it is likely to be lightweight akin to its sibling. Visually, the crossover looks more like a compact SUV – thanks to its bold silhouette and a raised ground clearance. In fact, it overpowers most of the compact SUVs from the current lot in visual terms. Featuring chrome laden hexagonal grille and flanked by LED headlamps with daytime running lamps, the face of the crossover looks quite aggressive.
Design elements such as silver chromed bumper with black plastic extensions, LED fog lights, auxiliary circular lamps and high bonnet line add more to its sporty appeal. The side profile gives MPV-like impression, but features silver lower body cladding, roof rails, raised height and muscular wheel arches offers a bold look. The flared wheel arches are likely to be fitted to 15-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels. The rear end is a far cry from its hatchback sibling, featuring bumper with air-intakes, LED taillights enclosures and silver diffuser.
The overall length of the new GO Cross compact SUV will be below 4 meter. While its length stands at 3,999mm, the width and height measure 1,685mm and 1,550mm respectively. The vehicle sits on a wheelbase of around 2,450mm. The sub-4 meter SUV is likely to come with a ground clearance of around 180-190mm, which is sufficient enough for Indian road conditions. The boot space is likely to be around 300-litres.
Information deeming GO Cross interior is limited, but it is expected to source some features with the GO+ MPV. Media reports suggest that the GO Cross could be offered in five-seat layout. The material quality, fit & finish is likely to be better than other models in its category. The list of features might include a 6.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration, multi-functional steering wheel, power windows with an auto up/down function, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, a manual AC unit and a rear wiper. The infotainment system will offer USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity features.
|Petrol Engine||1.2-litre, 3-cylinder|
|Maximum Power||76bhp @ 6,000rpm|
|Maximum Torque||104Nm @ 4,000rpm|
|Diesel Engine||1.5-litre, 4-cylinder In-Line|
|Maximum Power||63.1bhp @ 4,000rpm|
|Maximum Torque||160Nm @ 2,000rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & CVT|
Engine details of the new Datsun crossover are still under the wraps. Though, it is reported to share its mechanics with the GO hatchback and GO+ MPV. Powering the Indonesia-spec model could be a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine making a top power of 67.06bhp at 5,000rpm, while generating a peak torque of 104Nm at 4,000rpm. Though, these figures could be different for the GO Cross. In India, Datsun could also launch the diesel powered model. It could be power packed with a 1.5-litre K9K diesel motor that also does duty in the Micra hatchback. This in-line oil burner pushes out a maximum power of 63.1bhp at 4000rpm against 160Nm of torque at 2000rpm. While a 5-speed manual transmission will be standard across the carline, the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) automatic gearbox could be an optional offering. Read: Datsun redi-GO 1.0L First Drive Report
|Petrol||18kmpl – 20kmpl (Estimated)|
|Diesel||23kmpl – 25kmpl (Estimated)|
The new Datsun crossover could be introduced with both petrol and diesel engine options. If the GO Cross shares its powertrains with the GO and GO+, it will be as fuel efficient as its younger siblings. Mileage figure for the petrol model might stand around 18kmpl, and the diesel version could offer fuel economy between 23kml to 25kmpl.
The range-topping model of the GO Cross crossover will be equipped with decent safety and security features. It is likely to get ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), dual front airbags, rear parking sensor and engine immobilizer. Safety equipment such as dual front airbags could be standard across the carline, while the ABS with EBD will come as optional offering.
Measuring less than 4 meter in length, the new GO Cross crossover won’t offer huge legroom and headroom space for front and rear occupants. Though, smart interior design would give decent space to accommodate five adults comfortably. The third row of seats will be good enough for kids only.
Datsun equips the crossover with McPherson Strut with double pivot lower arm up front and H-type Torsion Beam rear suspension unit. The braking mechanism of the car will include disc at the front and drum at the rear. Braking will be further assisted by ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System).
Equipped with modern styling and spacious cabin, the Datsun GO Cross could be a good option for buyers looking for a new compact SUV with decent cabin space and efficient engine setup. Additionally, it is expected to be the most affordable compact SUV in India that will give it an edge over Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza. However, it will lack several high-end features that are offered on its rivals.