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The much anticipated 7-seater crossover, the Datsun Cross was revealed in Indonesia. The Datsun Cross is based on the Go+ and was first showcased as a concept at the 2016 Auto Expo in India. The crossover is based on the Renault-Nissan's CMF-A+ platform, which is necessarily a larger version of the redi-GO's CMF-A chassis.
The near-production ready Datsun Cross features body cladding, halogen projector headlamps, front fog lamps, LED position lamps, faux skid plates on the front bumper, sides and rear, roof rails, a roof spoiler and rear wiper.
The Datsun Cross features 15-inch alloy wheels, which is quite stylish, shod with 175/65 R15 tyres, chrome-finished tailpipe and honeycomb grille with chrome bordering make up the exterior changes compared to the concept vehicle.
Just like the Datsun Go and Go+, the interior of the Cross features an all-black theme, similar instrument cluster and steering wheel. The Cross though differs itself with silver garnish, which is featured on the centre console as well.
Regarding comfort and convenience features of the Datsun Cross, the crossover gets a 6.75-inch touchscreen unit which supports AM/FM, MP3, USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, along with the two-speaker set-up.
The Datsun Cross is the most feature-rich product from the carmaker with features such as automatic headlamps with a follow-me-home function, front and rear power windows, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors (ORVMs).
Additionally, the crossover also comes with a power outlet, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control (called VDC), traction control, rear parking sensors and seat belts for all three rows as a standard fitment.
Talking about the engine specifications of the Datsun Cross, the crossover is powered by the 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine, which powers the Go+ in India, producing 68bhp and 104Nm of torque, but now comes with the option of a CVT automatic gearbox, along with the 5-speed manual gearbox. Braking duties of the Datsun Cross are carried out by discs at the front and drum at the rear.
There is no official confirmation from Datsun if the new Cross will be brought to India. That said, with the concept showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, Datsun has all the reason to increase its product lineup in the country. The Datsun Cross will rival the likes of Mahindra KUV100 NXT, Maruti Celerio X and the upcoming Ford Figo based cross-hatch.
Datsun has to price the Cross competitively in India to gain a foothold in the Indian market. Also, with known as a mass market and low priced cars, with the Cross, the company can establish itself as a mass market as well as a feature-rich carmaker in India.