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Datsun GO-cross concept debuts at Auto Expo

February 8, 2016

Newly reformed Datsun brand, still owned by Nissan, has unveiled a funky new SUV concept called the GO-cross at the Auto Expo event in India.

Datsun GO-cross concept

The iconic brand now builds vehicles for emerging markets, and so what better place to unveil the GO-cross than at Auto Expo. It’s seen as a potential insight into a future Datsun model for such markets.

Based on the existing Datsun GO compact hatch, the GO-cross is envisioned as a youthful and energetic crossover, featuring pumped wheel arches, fashionable dark alloy wheels, LED lights, a futuristic glass roof, and an integrated front skid plate.

No specifics have been mentioned in regards to the powertrain, however, the regular GO hatch is powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine producing 51kW and 104Nm. It’s designed to be as fuel-efficient as possible rather than offering outright performance.

Even though it is just a concept at this stage, a production model is expected to hit some markets soon heavily inspired by the GO-cross. Datsun executive design director Koji Nagano said:

“Although it is a pure show car at the moment, the Datsun GO-cross Concept is designed to meet the needs and preferences of a new generation of drivers. They are young, ambitious, fun-loving people ready to take the next stop in their lives.”

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.