Japanese car maker in India, Datsun, is likely to introduce its first compact SUV model – the Datsun GO Cross, in our country the next year. It was first revealed as a concept model at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and in 2016 in the India Auto Expo. It will be placed above existing range of Datsun in India.
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Internally this car is known as EM2. This new Datsun GO Cross is a compact SUV that will face competition from cars like the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. With the GO Cross, Datsun will enter the growing crossover segment in India and this will be the flagship model of the company. The current line up of cars from Datsun comprises of the GO hatchback model, the GO+ MPV and the redi-GO which has been recently launched.
Based on the GO+ model, the GO Cross concept car comes with a distinguished front portion with a hexagonal radiator grille, sweptback LED head lights, LED fog lights, a brawny looking skid plate and plastic cladding. However, in order to keep the price comparable with rival cars, not all of these features may be included in the actual production model of Datsun GO Cross.
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Stepping inside, the cabin of the Datsun GO Cross concept model features a 5 seater configuration. As far as the designs of the interior are concerned, it bears resemblance with most of the elements from the GO+. This crossover model will be available in both petrol as well as diesel engine options. In India, the Datsun GO-Cross model is expected to be driven by a 1.2 litre petrol engine which is the same as the one that powers the GO hatch back and GO+ MPV. This engine delivers a maximum of 76 bhp at 6,000rpm with a torque of 104Nm at 4,000rpm. Transmission functions will be carried out by a 5 speed manual gearbox. On the other hand, the 1.5 litre dCi diesel engine will be the same as that of Nissan Micra. The car company has not yet declared the details regarding engine of this crossover car.
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The Datsun GO Cross car is expected to be made from locally manufactured components. Thus based on these localized low cost platform, the Datsun GO Cross on road price is expected to be of the range from 5 to 7 lakh, comparable to its rivals in the market.