Datsun has let the initial euphoria of the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show settle on the first media day (28th October) to launch its new crossover concept today. Called the Datsun Go-Cross concept, it is not a Go with mere rough road package and we thank the company for that!
With the entire world, especially the Datsun’s primary market India, going crazy over crossovers, it’s only logical for Nissan’s budget brand to venture into this lucrative territory. In terms of design, the Go-Cross concept adopts an imposing stance while retaining the familiar front fascia with hexagonal grille. It packs in a mean looking silver front bumper, LED foglights, a sophisticated LED headlamps and the old Skoda-Yeti style auxiliary circular lamps.
The side profile is characterized by a huge ground clearance, silver lower body cladding, a proper SUV like silhouette, roof rails and chrome finished wheels. The neatly executed rear fascia hardly has any resemblance to the Go or Go Plus MPV. A silver diffuser, LED tailight and pseudo air intakes on the bumper round off a design which doesn’t feel like a low-cost undertaking at all.
The Datsun Go-Cross crossover SUV is underpinned by the GO Plus’ elogated Nissan V platform which is known for its light kerb weight. Like the existing Datsuns, the Go-Cross would enter production in both India and Indonesia.
Expect the India-spec production version to use Renault’s famed 1.5-litre K9K in its 85 PS avatar with a manual transmission. Given the heavy localization levels of the platform in India (Nissan Micra, Sunny, Datsun Go, Go Plus, Renault Pulse and Scala use this platform), pricing should undercut the Duster, putting the Go-Cross smack in the middle of the Ford EcoSport territory. And is sure looks long enough to pack a third row of seats!
The Datsun Go-Cross could just be that game changer the brand is looking for!