Nissan debuts new Xmotion SUV concept

Nissan's new Xmotion Concept looks to the future

Nissan Xmotion Concept “Signals Design Direction for 2020 and Beyond”

"It draws inspiration from the Japanese aesthetics and techniques", said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president of global design.

To accommodate the third row of seats, the XMotion has a retractable rooftop box.

With the Xmotion concept, Nissan hopes the new design and upcoming Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies will ultimately be a feasible means of mobility for the future.

"There are, of course, some signature Nissan design elements immediately apparent in the Xmotion, including the 'boomerang" headlamps and familiar V-motion grille which, here, is eve wider and deeper, adopting a more three-dimensional execution.

Nissan has used the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit to unveil its Xmotion SUV concept, blending off-road ruggedness, generous seating capacity and compact dimensions.

The Xmotion concept's 21-inch alloy wheels and all-terrain tires play tricks on the eyes, as the design makes them appear bigger than they actually are.

At the rear, the Xmotion sports a simple design with a large single-piece tailgate and a curved tail-light design that uses hologram technology and is inspired by Japanese puzzles and woodwork.

The XMotion concept's interior is influenced by Japanese landscapes, with the floor representing a river and the center console a bridge connecting front and rear passenger spaces.

A "4+2" setup gives passengers in all three rows their own individual seats for added tranquility. With three rows of side-by-side seats, Nissan reckons the layout is well suited to ferrying around a young couple, another couple and either children and pets in the third row.

A prominent feature on the Xmotion is the Human Machine Interface (HMI), which Nissan calls "very simple". There are also seven screens displaying vehicle information.

Like many Nissan concepts, this one uses elements of Japanese culture or nature as an influence, despite an SUV being a largely American creation. The interior is a full-on tribute to Nissan's home country of Japan, for example the lower portion of the dashboard is wood and has been made with a joining technique that eschews fasteners or glue. It's all unlocked - and the engine started - by fingerprint, and the external mirrors are replaced by cameras.

When rumors first rippled that the Xterra was making a comeback as part of the Frontier's redesign, a Nissan VP of product planning hinted that the brand is strongly considering bringing a rugged, off-road-oriented SUV to market. The vehicle is packed with sensors for hand gestures and eye movements that work with the infotainment system, climate control, and the door-to-door digital dashboard.

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