Just a week after dropping a teaser of the upcoming Cross, Datsun has now confirmed that its new crossover offering will be equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission. Datsun is all set to launch the Cross on January 18, 2018, in Indonesia and might launch it in India as well, later this year.
Since it is based on the GO+, the Cross is likely to be powered by the same 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine. Besides the CVT, the Cross is also expected to get the standard 5-speed manual. The CVT is expected to be the same 5-speed X-Tronic unit that comes as standard with the Micra petrol in India as suggested by the press release. The GO and GO+ are not available with an automatic transmission as of now.
The 1.2-litre petrol motor of the GO and GO+ is also borrowed from the Micra. The Datsuns get a slightly lower state of tune (68PS/104Nm) compared to the Micra (77PS/104Nm). However, it remains to be seen whether the Cross, which is a premium product compared to the GO and GO+, will get the more powerful tune or not. The Micra petrol CVT returns an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 19.34kmpl whereas the GO+ (petrol 5-speed manual) returns 19.44kmpl. So expect the Cross CVT to return a similar figure.
Stay tuned to CD as we inch closer to the complete reveal of the Datsun Cross on January 18, 2018.