Expected to launch after 2016.
By the end of this year, Datsun's portfolio in India will include the Go, Go+ and the small car based on the Redi-Go concept. However, Nissan, which expects over 50 percent of its sales to come from Datsun, knows that it has to further bolster the low-cost brand's representation, especially in segments that are growing rapidly.
Insiders have told Indian Autos Blog that a compact SUV/crossover will be a part of Datsun's offering in the mid-term. A person, privy to developments, put a timeline to the launch of the Datsun compact SUV, saying that it will come after parent Nissan launches its compact SUV in India within a couple of years.
The Nissan and Datsun compact SUVs will not be badge-engineered products though. For the Datsun brand, the crossover will be based on the Go's platform, which traces its roots to the Nissan V-Platform.
Like the Go+, the crossover will mainly target first time customers who "want something different". According to sources, these customers would have to purchase a hatchback or a compact sedan if not for the Datsun.
The Datsun SUV could also be sold in Indonesia and South Africa following its launch in India.
Competitors: Mahindra S101, Tata Nexon, Maruti XA Alpha
Expected Price: From INR 4.5 lakhs
Launch date: Post 2016