Jakarta - Datsun is gunning for a slice of the compact crossover market with the not-so-adventurously-named Datsun Cross, revealed in Indonesia on Thursday.
Until now the budget brand has concentrated solely on entry level cars, so the Cross is a clear and clever attempt to move a notch or two upmarket.
Though the Cross evidently shares its basic bodyshell with the Go+, it has been treated to some serious decorating both inside and out.
To that end, it has a completely redesigned front end inspired by the Cross concept, as well as raised suspension, black body cladding, 15-inch alloys and a large rear spoiler.
Inside stylists have done well to mask its budget car origins with a more modern central air vent design, new instrument dials, metallic and mock-carbon trimmings and, perhaps most importantly, a 17cm touchscreen infotainment system. Like the Go+, the Cross offers seating for seven.
The Datsun Cross gains some much needed safety features too, in the form of dual front airbags, ABS and stability control.
There are no major upgrades under the bonnet however, where you’ll find the familiar 1.2-litre, normally aspirated triple, but Datsun is now offering a 57kW alternative to the standard 50kW version. Also on offer for the first time is a CVT transmission.
But is it coming to South Africa? We are still awaiting feedback from Datsun SA, but in our book it would certainly make sense to offer it here.