After the Datsun GO, Datsun GO+ and Datsun redi-GO, Datsun India will launch the crossover Datsun GO cross. A report from Autocar India says that the Datsun is aiming to price the Datsun GO cross below the Maruti Vitara Brezza.
The Maruti Vitara Brezza range starts at INR 7,23,962 (ex-showroom Delhi), which would mean a sub-INR 7 lakh (ex-showroom) base price for the GO-cross. The Maruti Vitara Brezza is a diesel-only offering currently, hence the high starting price. Datsun may price the GO-cross very aggressively, launching it with a petrol engine.
The Datsun GO-cross was previewed in concept form in Tokyo in 2015 and at the Auto Expo 2016. The concept car received a positive response, and the production version may have a design identity that is very close. The company will focus on the interior too, which plays a crucial role even in budget cars. It is aware of the fact that more than 80% of the Renault Kwid sold in India have a touchscreen infotainment system. The report suggests that Datsun may offer a similar feature in the GO-cross.
The Datsun GO cross will ride on the same low-cost version of the V platform internally known as 'V-'. Datsun's entire line-up is petrol-only currently, but for the sub-compact crossover, it may need a diesel engine.
When the production GO-cross would launch is unspecified, but expecting a 2018 launch does not seem far-fetched.
[Source: Autocar India]