Nissan has revealed what it calls the Xmotion Concept at the Detroit Auto Show. This concept SUV is providing a glimpse of what Nissan has in mind for its future design direction. XMotion may also cast some light on yet another SUV Nissan may produce.
The Japanese automaker is making it rather clear this vehicle is a preview of the brand’s future. Designers say the Xmotion features understated beauty with sculpting along the side panels and new u-shaped headlights that may become a new Nissan trait. An evolved version of Nissan’s v-motion grille serves as the face of this vehicle.
Nissan says the strategy with the concept was to converge Japanese culture and traditional craftsmanship with American-style utility and new-generation Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology.
“In the Xmotion concept, we explored the more rugged and powerful side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Bold and powerful forms and proportions are, upon closer inspection, contrasted with aspects of traditional Japanese craftsmanship expressed in a contemporary way,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “The exterior’s combination of western and eastern concepts continues inside the Xmotion, where advanced connectivity and autonomous technologies mix with modern Japanese digital art and cultural craftsmanship. At a glance, Xmotion may appear to have a minimal design language, but a closer look reveals layers of detail that make this concept exceptional.”
Despite offering seating for six, Nissan refers to the Xmotion as a “compact SUV.” The compact proportions may be credited to an electrified powertrain, though the company isn’t talking about what actually propels this vehicle. That said, the wheels are pushed to the corners of the vehicle and the design proportions certainly hint of electric, leading to additional interior space than that of a conventional compact.
The seating for six comes by way of a “4+2” seating layout, which six individual seats housed inside a rather bare (simple?) interior. The interior is highlighted with a total of seven screens, some of which are controlled with eye movement and gestures.
“We envision the Xmotion concept to be a highly functional SUV that can be driven every day, yet can take the owners and friends to a national park or recreation area on a whim,” Albaisa said. “With its combination of style and technology, this concept fulfills Nissan’s mission of moving people to a better world.”