The Datsun GO+ station-wagon has hit the gym and transformed itself to the Cross, a more butch looking vehicle that will be sold as a crossover. Apart from butch looks, the vehicle also gains functional bits such as additional ground clearance and a CVT automatic gearbox.
The Datsun Cross goes on sale in the Indonesian market first, where MPVs are very popular. It is expected to be brought into India as well given the fact that the GO+ already sells here and the Cross is more of a butch version of the former with almost no major mechanical changes.
Like the GO+, the Cross is powered by the familiar 1.2 liter-3 cylinder HR12DE petrol engine with outputs of 67 Bhp-104 Nm. A five speed manual gearbox is standard while a CVT automatic option is offered in Indonesia as an option. Changes to the Cross include styling. A key selling point is the 200 mm ground clearance.
The front end gets a new bumper, skid plate, revised headlamps and fog lamps, and also LED DRLS. On the side, there’s black cladding, larger 15 inch alloy wheels, roof rails and side skirts. At the rear, the vehicle gets a redesigned rear bumper, faux skid plate and a tweaked hatch lid design.
The interiors continue to seat seven in a 2+3+2 layout. The last row of seats are best folded and used for luggage as it gets too cramped for adults. Datsun has redesigned the dashboard for a more upmarket look and feel. It gets a black colour scheme and chromed bits.
The center console features a touchscreen infotainment system and the gear shifter has moved to a more conventional position. Overall, the Cross’ interiors feel much better than those of the Go and GO+. In terms of safety, the Datsun Cross gets twin airbags, ABS, EBD and ESP. None of these features are available on the Datsuns sold in India. We hope that Datsun gets a similarly spec-ed model to India.