This is the Datsun Cross – a new seven-seat crossover that becomes the brand’s third compact model in Indonesia, after the GO hatchback and GO+ MPV. The Cross was first previewed by the GO-Cross concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, and is targeted at developing markets.

The Cross’ design remains true to said concept, retaining cues like the prominent fog lamps, which are placed below the “eagle eye” projected headlights with signature LED daytime-running lights. Other features include a hexagonal-shaped grille, silver accents in the black lower apron, underbody protection and protective body cladding.

Also fitted are a set of 15-inch alloy wheels with tyres that Datsun says are “specially developed from a rubber compound that gives better performance and economy.” The chromed roof rails are standard, and can handle weights of up to 30 kg.

The exterior colours for the Cross covers a range of seven shades including two metallic colors – amber and copper. Other available colors include two solid shades – white and black – and three additional metallic shades – gray, red and silver.

Referring to official figures, the Cross measures 3,995 mm long, 1,670 mm wide, 1,560 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,450 mm. It also has a ground clearance of 200 mm, along with a turning radius of just 4.6 metres.

Inside the black interior, you’ll find fabric seats and space for up to seven people (following a 5+2 setup). The simple dashboard layout features a three-spoke steering wheel, analogue instrument cluster, manual air-conditioning system and a 6.75-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Datsun claims the Cross is the only vehicle in its class equipped with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) as standard on all variants. Under the VDC umbrella are systems like ABS, EBD with brake assist, traction control and brake-limited slip differential (B-LSD). Other safety equipment includes dual front airbags, safety belt warning lights and automatic headlights.

As expected, the Datsun Cross is an Indonesian Low Cost Green Car (LCGC), carrying the familiar HR12DE 1.2 litre engine as the rest of the range. On the Cross, the mill makes 68 or 78 hp, along with 104 Nm of torque. In addition to a five-speed manual transmission, there’s also an X-Tronic CVT – the latter is a first in the Datsun line-up.

The car will be produced at the Nissan/Datsun plant in Purwakarta, West Java, with the first deliveries planned in March. Detailed pricing and variant information will be provided later, but bookings are now open starting from 163 million rupiah (RM51,318).