Nissan Xmotion hinting at future crossover?

Yolanda Curtis
January 16, 2018

Nissan unveiled the Nissan Xmotion concept vehicle at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

"In the Xmotion concept, we explored the more rugged and powerful side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility".

"The Xmotion Concept is a study in how seemingly disparate elements can gain power and strength through coexistence", said Alfonso Albaisa, the Cuban-born stylist who a year ago was named global design chief for the Japanese automaker.


They're created to look like mechanical tools, with the tire treads physically laminated over the 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

In order to accommodate the third row of seats while still providing plenty of cargo capacity, the Xmotion concept includes an aerodynamically designed retractable "rooftop box" to carry extra gear.

"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.


Featuring U-shaped sides, the SUV's unique tail lights were inspired by Japanese woodwork. The interior console uses kanawa tsugi wood joinery, more commonly found in religious temples and shrines, to hold its components together without resorting to nails or glue, while the kigumi instrument panel is another modern interpretation of a classic art. Nissan wanted the whole thing to look like it was cut from a single Japanese cedar tree, but in fact used genuine wood overlays to minimize the use of natural materials.

Inside, the Xmotion has seating for six, over three rows. "On the floor, we made a pattern that reminds the occupants of waves", Albaisa said in a statement. Open the rear doors and you can even see a hidden landscape - Mt. Fuji, in fact - at the third row.

The concept also makes use of Nissan's semi-autonomous ProPilot technology that debuted on several 2018 models, including the second-generation Leaf battery-electric vehicle. It's comprised of seven digital screens - five in the centre, one in the ceiling (digital room mirror) and a center console display. Images and info from the system are shown in the end display screens. And passengers can control entertainment, heating and air conditioning with hand gestures through a "floating commander" system on the console. The driver's smartphone is linked, the destination is recognized and weather info and music is activated.


It can also pick up "browsing" information about points of interest along the driving route and, in doing so, can enhance the experience of the journey, according to Nissan. The silver exterior shade looks like pewter and features scarlet accents. Japan's red and white colors were used in the interior, as well as touches of black.

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