In India, the Datsun GO Cross might come with two powertrain options – a 1.2-litre, DOHC petrol and a 1.5-litre In-line diesel.
Based on GO+ MPV platform, the Datsun GO-Cross will challenge products like Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza.
Datsun GO Cross is the next model under Nissan’s low-cost brand that will soon join the likes of GO hatchback, GO+ MPV and redi-GO. Tailored for the emerging markets, this would be fourth model from Datsun in India. The company which was resurrected by Nissan few years back is yet to witness success in India. With the GO Cross in the pipeline, things are looking up for Datsun.
The model raked in good reviews at the last year’s Auto Expo and based on that the company is apparently expediting the production. That said, the car was earlier believed to take final shape within 2-3 years, but people in the know opine, Datsun could debut the production version at the 2018 Auto Expo. Internally known as EM2, the crossover will foray into the highly competitive sub-four-meter SUV segment currently ruled by Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. Due to its crossover-like styling, other similarly priced models like Mahindra KUV100 and Maruti Ignis also come in the radar.
In a bid to achieve aggressive pricing, Datsun will manufacture it at parent company’s production unit that comes under Renault-Nissan alliance. Visually, the car will have an assertive front end with elements like chrome finished hexagonal front grille with honeycomb backdrop, pulled back LED headlamps, LED fog lamps and skid plates. While on the inside, the crossover is likely to come with a choice between five and seven seat-layout. The engine set-up could include a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre oil burner with a standard five-speed manual gearbox.
The GO Cross is yet in developing stage and we expect it to launch early next year. It is likely that the production version of GO Cross may appear at the 2018 Auto Expo. While Datsun is tight lipped about the launch plans, we will update our readers with the exact launch date, as soon as there is an official announcement. Read More – Datsun Redi Go – All You Need To Know
|Base Model||Rs 5 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 10 lakh|
The upcoming car will be based on the low-cost platform with extensive localisation. This would aide cost cutting and positioning it well against the rivals. Considering the comprehensive localisation for GO Cross, we expect it to fall between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom).
|Engine||1.2-litre, 3-cylinder Petrol|
|Maximum Power||76bhp @ 6,000rpm|
|Maximum Torque||104Nm @ 4,000rpm|
|Engine||1.5-litre, 4-cylinder In-Line Diesel|
|Maximum Power||63.1bhp @ 4,000rpm|
|Maximum Torque||160Nm @ 2,000rpm|
|Petrol||18kmpl – 20kmpl (Estimated)|
|Diesel||23kmpl – 25kmpl (Estimated)|
The petrol and diesel engines are likely to be frugal with the estimated mileage rated at 18kmpl and 23-25kmpl respectively.
– 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
Sharing underpinnings with GO+ MPV built on Nissan’s V platform, the GO Cross is expected to be lightweight akin to its sibling. With a bold silhouette and a raised ground clearance, the crossover resembles a compact SUV. In fact, it overpowers most of the compact SUVs from the current lot in visual terms.
The aggressively crafted front profile with key elements like chrome laden hexagonal grille, LED headlamps, silver chromed bumper with black plastic extensions, LED fog lights, auxiliary circular lamps and high bonnet line altogether bestow a bold look. On sides, it sports silver lower body cladding, 5-spoke alloys and roof rails. The rear end is a far cry from its hatchback sibling, featuring bumper with pseudo air-intakes, LED taillights enclosures and silver diffuser.
Information deeming GO Cross interior is limited, but it is expected to source some features with the GO+ MPV. The material quality, fit & finish is likely to be better as opposed to other models. And there could be a touchscreen infotainment system on the top-spec variant with optional safety tech including ABS and dual front airbags.
The carline will be offered with petrol and diesel engines in manual version. While Datsun has not revealed engine details, it is expected to use a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol unit with 76bhp of maximum power at 6000rpm and 104Nm of peak torque at 4000rpm for the petrol variants. Diesel powered GO Cross is likely to plonk a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder, in-line oil burner with 63.1bhp at 4000rpm and 160Nm of torque at 2000rpm. Both the engines will be mated to a conventional five-speed manual unit.
Based on the elongated Nissan V platform, the new Datsun Go Cross looks better than most of the SUVs currently on sale in the country. This sub-4 metre SUV will be offered in both petrol and diesel fuel options, and in both manual and automatic versions.