Datsun intends to expand its current range of offerings with a small, keenly-priced crossover. The Go-Cross Crossover concept shows a three-row, slightly raised vehicle built for a slightly more adventurous or outdoorsy buyer.
“The concept shows how we can create something new and different, despite using as much existing hardware as possible. In this way, we can ensure the finished result is within reach of our target audience – optimistic and fun-loving risers who are ready to move to the next stage in their lives. This is the Datsun Way,” said Vincent Cobee, Global Head of Datsun.
The Datsun Go-Cross Concept is made unique by wider 4x4-style fenders and extensive body cladding. The cladding extends down both sides of the car and includes underbody guards under the grille at the front and beneath the tailgate at the rear. Other distinctive features include dramatic LED headlights and LED tail lights to lend a high-tech look to the front and rear of the car.
The Go-Cross Concept is not planned to be a 4x4 vehicle but a few off-road mods have been added. The Datsun GO-cross Concept has a higher ground clearance than the Datsun GO to enable it to handle rougher terrain. It also wears 17-inch alloy wheels to help lift the centre of gravity.
Among its practical features is a fully integrated aerodynamic roof rack that sits atop the black painted roof.
Datsun was coy about details on what would power a small crossover but it will likely continue with the 1.2-Litre three-cylinder unit. It’s capable of 50 kW and Nm. Datsun South Africa is definitely interested in the little crossover but it’s too soon in the development stage to say whether it will come to SA.