Yesterday we reported on Renault and Honda’s crossover concepts at the Auto Expo in India.
These models were built to show that both these manufacturers are working on small crossovers to compete with the Nissan Juke, Ford EcoSport and Peugeot 2008.
It seems this segment is going to be the next best thing, because we woke up this morning with the news that Volkswagen, Chevrolet and Datsun also intend to join the battle.
Volkswagen unveiled an updated version of its Taigun concept. We’ve seen it before, but this time it seems to be near production ready. VW has already confirmed that it will be put into production.
The Taigun concept comes with a 1,0-litre, three-cylinder TSI engine with 81kW/175Nm on tap. Even more impressive is the claimed fuel consumption of 4.7 l/100km, which gives it a theoretical range of more than 1000km on a single tank of fuel.
Not to be outdone by VW, Chevrolet introduced the Adra concept. Designed exclusively in India, this beefy little crossover measures in at under four metres.
Chevy has not given word on whether it’ll make it into production, but we’re willing to bet that a toned-down version will inevitably end up on showroom floors.
The crossover we’re most interested in, however, is the Datsun redi-Go concept.
As we know, Nissan is re-launching the Datsun brand as a means of selling cheaper cars to the masses. This means the redi-Go, if it makes it into production, will likely be the cheapest crossover the world has ever seen.
Not much else is known about it at this stage, but we do know South Africa is one of the countries Datsun will be sold in. Will we be one of the first countries to get it? At this stage, we can only hope.