Datsun Cross 7 seater crossover makes global debut
What was showcased as the Go-Cross Concept by Datsun, is now showcased as Datsun Cross. It is based on the CMF-A+ platform.
The Go-Cross which was previewed by a near production design concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. It is based on Renault-Nissan’s CMF-A+ platform (a larger version of the redi-Go’s CMF-A). The concept was also showcased in Africa, at the 2016 Auto Expo.
Today, the car’s production ready variant made its global debut. Not very much different than the concept, the Datsun Cross adopts a bolder version of the brand’s design language.
Design highlights of the concepts include the signature chrome grille, LED-infused headlamps, auxiliary circular headlamps, LED foglights, grey lower body cladding, multi-color alloy wheels, LED lights and so on.
The Datsun Cross is a cross between an MPV and an SUV. It is also the safest Datsun car today as it gets dual airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control. Exterior features on offer include projector headlamps, LED DRLs, skid plates in the front and rear, roof rails, floating roof spoiler with LED stop light, 15 inch alloys, etc.
On the inside is an all black interior with seating for 7. On the dashboard is a standard steering wheel (no controls) with touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, USB, AUX, etc. Powering the Datsun Cross is a 1.2 L 3-cylinder petrol engine. This engine is offered in two tunes – 68 PS / 104 Nm and 78 PS / 104 Nm. The former is mated to a 5 speed MT while the latter is mated to a CVT.
To be launched in Africa next year, the new Datsun Cross will be aiming to take advantage of Africa’s love for crossovers. Estimated to be priced between INR 5-8 lakhs, the fourth Datsun model for Africa will compete with the likes of Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza.