Datsun Go-Cross concept
Datsun Go-cross launch likely to be earlier than expected . Pictured: Datsun Go-Cross conceptNissan News

Datsun, the low-cost brand of Japanese auto-maker Nissan is reportedly looking to launch its next offering the Go-cross crossover in India earlier than expected. A report of Auto Car India says that the fourth offering of Datsun in India could come in 2017.

Previous reports had said that the Go-cross is likely to be launched in India only in 2018. Now according to the latest report, Datsun is said to be impressed with the responses the Go-cross garnered when it was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 in February and the company is looking at bringing out this model sooner than planned. With the Go-cross, Datsun will also be looking to have more localised components to keep the price in check. The Go-cross, which is based on the Go+ MPV, is likely to get a price tag starting at Rs. 4.4 lakh to 4.6 lakh.

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. Datsun Go-cross is also likely to get updated interior.

In India, Datsun Go-cross is expected to be available in both five-seater and seven-seater versions. Under the hood, it is likely to get 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 64bhp of power at 5000rpm and 140Nm of peak torque at 4000rpm.

[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]