Datsun GO-Cross
Datsun GO-CrossIBTimes India/Ken Sunny

Nissan's low-cost brand Datsun is likely to launch the GO-Cross in India by the end of this year. The platform of GO-cross, which was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 in February, is based on the same concept as GO+ MPV.

Although it was rumoured earlier that the GO-Cross would come to the Indian market in 2017, a recent report of MotorOctane says that the crossover offering of DatSun could be launched in the country by the end of 2016. DatSun GO-Cross could be the fourth product of the company in India after GO hatchback, GO+ MPV and the yet-to-be-launched redi-Go. DatSun is readying its small car redi-Go for the Indian market. The redi-Go, which is currently in its testing phase in the country, is expected to go on sale in the domestic market by May this year. It was reported earlier that the trial production of the upcoming redi-Go hatchback has started at the Renault-Nissan alliance plant in Oragadam, Chennai.

The GO-Cross model, which is likely to sport a less boxy rear design compared to the GO+ MPV, is expected to include features like larger alloy wheels, roof rails and a roof-mounted spoiler. It is expected to have a higher ground clearance with skid plates in the front, rear and the sides.

In India, Datsun GO-Cross is expected to be available in both five-seater and seven-seater versions. Powering the GO-Cross is likely to be a 1.2-litre three-cylinder DOHC 12-valve motor that's present in the GO and the GO+. The engine is likely to be tuned to churn out 64 bhp of power at 5000 rpm and 140 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm.

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