Datsun GO Cross debuts at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016, Production version could launch by end of 2016
The Datsun GO-Cross heralded its arrival at the Indian scenes by getting launched at the Auto Expo 2016. The GO-cross concept was revealed last year at Nissan Global Headquarters in the Tokyo Motor Show arena and previewed a potential crossover for our domestic market. It was the revived Japanese company’s second concept car revealed in a year and half. Following the footprint of Datsun GO hatchback and GO+ MPV, the concept exhibited a rather fresh take for the brand attempting to enter into the highly-demanding crossover segment that is being exploited to full-effect by some of the biggest car manufacturer’s in the auto industry.
The Datsun GO-Cross features a quirky front fascia with a large characteristic hexagonal grille with thick chrome bezel, silver lower body cladding, aggressive front and rear bumpers and curved LED headlamps. In addition to the nifty headlights and LED foglamps, the tall-riding crossover comprises of chrome wheels and roof rails ensuring a muscular outer structure.
It could be offered in both five and seven seater configurations and will rival against the recently launched Mahindra KUV100. It will be built on Renault-Nissan Alliance’s flexible CMF-A architecture and is expected to be launched in the second half of 2016.
The Datsun GO-Cross is more likely to be offered with a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, 12 Valve, DOHC diesel powertrain that also propels the GO+ MPV. This motor is capable of producing a maximum power of 64.1 bhp at 5,000rpm and 140 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. Transmitting power to the wheels could be a five-speed manual gearbox and the possibility of an automatic version can’t be ruled out of the equation.
The evocaticve Datsun brand’s revival was announced back in 2012 and its first Indian product was the GO hatchback rolled out of production lines in March 2014 before the GO+ MPV joined the lineage the following year. The Redi GO and GO Cross SUV will play significant role in establishing a tighter bond with the Indian customers when launched.