Nissan automobile company has been trying hard in recent years to increase its stake in the budget segment of the Indian automobile market. In addition to its own cars, Nissan is also pushing its low-budget subsidiary, Datsun, which is, as of now, doing mediocre in terms of sales with its models.
Datsun already has a number of cars in the “Go” range. With three models already playing on the roads, the company has unveiled a new model in this range which would be a compact crossover which is christened as the Go-Cross.
Be it any degree of low budget, the company has always focused on providing quality along with delivering a value for money pack. Keeping this in mind, let’s check out how the new crossover can be expected to work out in the market.
Datsun Go-Cross 2017 Features
The new Datsun Go-Cross has been given a good amount of aggressive features all around. Considering that there weren’t many restrictions while designing the automobile, the designers have considered adding a tinge of fierceness in it, much more than most of its competitors. The overall designing looks very much similar to the current breed of Datsun cars. The large hexagonal shaped front grille gets the similar mesh radiators. The projector headlamps sit on swept back clusters with LED DRLs underlining. There is a big skid plate under the curvy and bumpy front lip spoiler. The fog lamps on the bumper have also been given a touch of LED.
The additional plastic skirting along the lower profile of the car is thick and imparts aggression, especially on the wheel arches. The presence of roof rails makes the scheme of things more delightful. The concept models showed that the car had 6-spoke alloy wheels. The rear section of the car also comes with the same aggression as the other parts with a sculpted designed tailgate and tail lights with reflectors.
Being far away from the launch, the company has not revealed the designing yet. However, considering the other models, especially the Datsun Go Plus, the interiors are expected to be very plush and comfortable considering the price tag. The seats are spacious and comfortable with good quality upholstery. The button bits are of good quality and you won’t feel any such of cheap materials. We aren’t expecting to see any such fancy comfort features like rear vents or heater. Having said that, automatic climate control might be added as a premium feature to the top end variant, considering that it is a compact crossover.
The current models have just the driver’s side air bags as a standard feature. However, considering that the present set of safety norms have become stricter than before. We can easily expect two front airbags as well ABS (Anti-lock braking system) on the front disc brakes. The rear wheels will continue to get drum brakes as usual. It will also be getting engine immobilizer and child safety lock.
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The Datsun Go-Cross is expected to get the same engine that presently powers the Go Plus. If so, the Go-Cross will be powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine which will be capable of making a peak power of 67 bhp at 5,000 revs per minute and a peak torque of 104 Nm at 4,000 revs per minute. The power will be transmitted to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox as standard.
The compact crossover will be good enough to be returning with a mileage of around 19.5 km’s per liter. But there has been no official confirmation about the same. More of the details will be known once the production-ready version is unveiled.
Whether a budget-friendly compact crossover can make it big in the Indian market or not, only time will tell. However, considering the company’s reputation with the previous models like the Go, Redi-Go, and Go-Plus, which wasn’t a sales sensation by any means, the Go-Cross will also be a silent performer.
The Datsun Go-Cross price is expected to start at around Rs. 5 lakhs and go up to Rs. 10 lakhs, which will make it the most expensive Datsun car in India. Once launched, it will be competing against the likes of other similar cars like the Maruti Suzuki VitaraBrezza, S-Cross, and the Honda WR-V.