Nissan’s low cost car brand Datsun has come up with the Go-Cross compact SUV concept. The sub-4 meter vehicle was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show and a production version could be built in a year or two. However, the RediGo hatchback, which is based on the CMF-A platform and that shares parts with the Renault Kwid will be launched first.
The Go-Cross is expected to follow later, and is likely to be positioned above the Go+ MPV in terms of positioning. The Go-Cross shares its platform with the Go+MPV, which means that it could be priced very competitively, much below the Ford Ecosport. It could be the resurrected Datsun brand’s most premium vehicle yet.
Nissan remains mum about the Go-Cross’ mechanical details. Given its sub-4 meter length, a 1.2 liter petrol engine and a 1.5 liter turbo diesel engine (K9K unit likely) could make it to the crossover. It remains to be seen whether the Go-Cross will go a Go+ and offer 7 seats, or if it would stick to a five seat layout, a-la-Ecosport.
Even as we await more details, it must be said that brand new Datsun concept looks quite good. Muscular lines all around give it the appeal of an SUV, while high ground clearance will be standard. Will the Go-Cross be the vehicle that finally makes Datsun a successful brand in India? Time will tell.
Production of this compact SUV will happen both at India and Indonesia. Apart from these two countries, the Go-Cross is likely to be exported to emerging markets around the globe. As far as India’s concerned, extensive localization and a very competitive price tag are two expectations around this exciting new crossover.