Datsun, Nissan’s low-cost car brand, has revealed the ‘Go-cross Concept’ at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show that might become a part of Datsun Go and GO+ family range in emerging markets. The Datsun GO-cross looks more like a crossover version of the redi-Go concept that had made its debut at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Though with features such as plastic cladding around the body, roof rails, 5-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, etc, it looks more rugged.
According to the company, the Go-Cross — designed by a dedicated team in Japan — is based on the same platform as the the GO+ MPV. By the looks of it, both the vehicles share very little design elements except for the rising shoulder line. The new concept also sits higher than the GO+, and features a bigger D-Cut grille, a higher bonnet line, a massive bonnet and taller body sides.
“Our challenge was to create an unmistakable crossover which kept some iconic design cues from the Datsun GO+ yet, at the same time, was distinctly different. The Datsun GO-cross Concept is proof positive that Datsun’s design language is consistent yet flexible enough to shape every kind of vehicle,” said Koli Nagano, executive Design Director, Datsun.
Since the Datsun Go-cross is in early concept stage and the company is yet to finalise if it will go into production or not, no technical details were revealed. The company also revealed its plans of launching an entry-level hatchback based on the CMF-A platform that also underpins the Renault Kwid. The scheduled hatchback will take its design cues from the redi-Go concept, and will derive its power from the Kwid’s 0.8-litre petrol unit.