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Aggressive Nissan Xmotion Concept Hints At New Era For Future SUVs 15
Posted by Joel V. Patel in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Galleries, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Videos, video on 01 15th, 2018

Nissan’s recent concepts have sported some radical designs that have been hard to call boring. The latest concept from the automaker, the Nissan Xmotion Concept, made its first appearance at the Detroit Auto Show and the SUV is an exciting preview into the future for the brand.

 As a concept, the Xmotion looks like it’s been styled by a child who just started to play with Legos, but in a good way.

Nissan’s current SUVs feature round designs that don’t really stand out, but the Xmotion concept doesn’t have that issue. It’s boxy, chunky, bulky, and rugged. It mimics the IDx sports car concept from a few years ago, but in a larger, more rugged design. We think it looks good.

While radical, there are a few design cues that can be found on some of Nissan’s current vehicles. The boomerang headlights, which are on the Murano, make an appearance, as does the brand’s V-motion grille – also found on the Murano. The wheels are especially unique and carry a post-apocalyptic look to them. Overall, the Xmotion concept looks like an answer to the Toyota FT-AC Concept that debuted at the LA Auto Show.

The inside is where things start to get really weird. The concept combines traditional Japanese elements, like wood from a Japanese cedar tree, with a futuristic design, which includes its unique 4+2 layout. Oh, and there are seven digital touchscreens to play with on the inside.

Speaking of the interesting seating position, there are three rows in the vehicle with two seats for each row, allowing for a total of six passengers to be in the vehicle at one time. An elongated center console that appears to run throughout the entire length of the cabin is positioned in between the seats. The center console, interestingly, is also made out of wood.

Automakers are moving towards placing large, massive screens in their vehicles, but the current trend involves one screen, like Tesla with the Model 3. Nissan decided to embrace a screen-heavy future and it’s bold. The entire dashboard is lined with screens: three large ones in the middle with two smaller ones on the side. A sizable screen on the ceiling, which Nissan calls a “digital room mirror,” replaces the traditional rearview mirror. Lastly, there’s a screen in the center console.

The screens can be controlled by gestures and eye movements, which sounds like it would be incredibly distracting. But Nissan claims that a voice command system and intuitive controls will help keep the driver focused. The level of tech in the car doesn’t stop there, as fingerprint authentication is used to start the Xmotion concept. And upon startup, an opening sequence that consists of a virtual personal assistant in the shape of a Japanese koi fish jumps from screen to screen. When the vehicle’s in autonomous mode, the assistant stays on the main screen, assisting with navigation and other mundane tasks.

Another major tech feature is the inclusion of Nissan’s semi-autonomous ProPilot system, which should take the hassle out of driving. Nissan hasn’t said anything about the Xmotion concept’s powertrain, besides the fact that it comes with the brand’s Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system.

There are a ton of other little features that can easily be overlooked on the car, but the best part of the Xmotion concept is that it makes Nissan relevant again. And the automaker has finally made something that we can be excited about. The concept would’ve fit in better with the high-tech crowd at CES, but we’re happy Nissan brought the SUV to Detroit.

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Future Cars: Can A New Nissan Stagea Answer Our Skyline Wagon Prayers? 13
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Skyline, Nissan Stagea on 01 13th, 2018

For many petrolheads, there’s nothing more enticing than a high-performance wagon. Sadly these days, the offerings are fairly limited unless you want something German and very expensive.

Nonetheless, one wagon that has always caught our attention is the Japanese-market Nissan Stagea. Produced between 1996 and 2007, it was a Skyline-based and -infused, turbocharged V6 powerhouse with immense cult status.

So what could a modern day Stagea look like? Let’s envisage further.

Muscular Design

This study adopts Nissan’s current styling philosophy incorporating a dominant V-shaped grille, wedge headlamps and sheetmetal surfacing inspired by the upcoming new Altima. The front fenders, hood and a-pillars are a deliberate ploy to visually link it with the current GT-R, somewhat appropriate since the two nameplates have shared mechanicals in the past.

Like the original Stagea, it has shorter than usual rear doors and long side glass. Lower door scollops flick down towards the rear wheels for that go-fast appearance; whilst the rear is finished off with a vertical tailgate, quad exhausts and boomerang-styled LED tail lights.

VR And Variable Compression Powerhouses

The 1st and 2nd generation (WC34 & M35) Stagea were offered with a range of Skyline-based powertrains, including the RB-series in 2.0, 2.5T and 2.6-litre Twin Turbo (260RS) guises. Later on, the M35 era employed VQ-series engines in 2.5, 2.5T, 3.0 and 3.5-litre formats.

Whilst those were good engines, today’s power game has moved on. Nissan’s 298 kW/399hp, 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 (VR30DDTT) would do just nicely here. Power would be sent to either the rear or all four wheels, via a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Oddly, the most interesting variant could come in the form of Infiniti’s latest Variable Compression-Ratio engine. Code-named KR20, this 2.0-litre turbocharged unit debuted in the 2019 QX50. It combines decent power with diesel-like efficiency, making for a potent entry-level option.

Rivals Of The Past And Present

Many of the Stagea’s past competitors have been put out to pasture due to the obsession with SUV’s, low sales and ever-tightening emissions standards. Mid-size wagons like Subaru’s Legacy GT-B, Toyota Caldina GT-T and Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4 were a hoot to drive and are dearly missed.

Today, the competition is rather varied and restrictive depending on where you live in the world. On the smaller side, a new Stagea would battle against VW’s Golf R wagon, Skoda Octavia vRS and Subaru Levorg. And if price weren’t an issue, you could add Audi’s RS4, Volvo V60 Polestar and AMG’s C63 wagon to the mix too.

Nevertheless, no matter what make, model, size and price scale you’re looking at, the more wagons there are, the more the world will be a better place. Hope you’re reading Nissan…

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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Nissan Drops Another Detroit Crossover Concept Teaser 12
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Film, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Videos, video on 01 12th, 2018

Nissan has released the third and final teaser video for their upcoming crossover concept which will debut at the North American International Auto Show next week.

The company is staying tight-lipped about the model but the latest clip reveals the concept will be a relatively small crossover that features aggressive side skirts and massive alloy wheels. We can also see the model will have boomerang-shaped headlights, a rakish windscreen, and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.

One of the more interesting aspects of the teaser video is that it shows the concept has something mounted on the roof. Since the concept is a crossover, it would be natural to assume this is a roof rack but Nissan has been touting the model’s “intelligent mobility” technology so it’s possible that the mysterious object could be related to autonomous driving technology.

Regardless of what’s on the roof, the video also gives us a glimpse of the interior and it shows the concept will have a minimalist cabin will have a rectangular steering wheel. The traditional instrument cluster has also been jettisoned and replaced by a widescreen display that spans the width of the interior. The display also appears to have two side view displays and this suggests the side mirrors have been replaced by video cameras.


Nissan IMx Concept Makes U.S. Debut At CES 11
Posted by Brad Anderson in CES, Electric Vehicles, Galleries, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Reports, SUV on 01 11th, 2018

The Nissan IMx Concept has made its U.S. debut at this year’s CES convention, and has taken center stage at the automaker’s booth.

Like the concept that was first unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the IMx on display in Las Vegas is painted in a shade of matte white that’s contrasted by a selection of bright red accents. Throw in a set of huge wheels with silver and black spokes and you have a head-turning concept that we hope won’t get too watered down in the production version.

The Japanese company recently confirmed that its new EV will not share its underpinnings with the Leaf, but use a bespoke platform instead.

Power for the IMx comes from two electric motors delivering a combined 430 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, while a large battery pack results in it having a range in excess of 373 miles (600 km).


Nissan Leaf Grand Touring Concept Joins A Flurry Of Tuned Studies For 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon 21
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Electric Vehicles, Nismo, nissan, Nissan Concepts, nissan gt-r, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Note, Nissan NV300, Nissan Rogue, Nissan X-Trail, racing, Tokyo Auto Salon on 12 21st, 2017

Nissan has announced a bunch of premieres for next year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, which opens its gates on January 12, one of them being the Leaf Grand Touring Concept.

The show car is not as aggressively styled as the Leaf Nismo that debuted two months ago, but it does get a few interesting bits, such as the two-tone black and matte silver finish.

No images of the interior have been released yet, but the automaker describes it as “stylish and sophisticated” thanks to the addition of some special accents. We wouldn’t be surprised if some of these features will be adopted by a new trim level of the electric car called ‘Grand Touring’, in the Japan at least.

The ‘Grand Touring‘ moniker has been used again on an X-Trail Concept, which will go under the spotlight at the Tokyo event as well. This version of the SUV, which is known on our shores as Rogue, is aimed at those loving the outdoors, and it gets a special exterior graphic, and some different trim in the cabin.

There’s also a Nissan NV 350 Caravan Grand Touring Concept heading to the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, which goes for an ‘off-road look’ as well, equipped with BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, special exterior accents and decals, and minor tweaks inside.

Nissan has a few more surprises in store too for the event, including the Fairlady Z Heritage Edition, a special version of the 370Z, the Note e-Power C-Gear, an “outdoor version” of the vehicle, and three new concept cars called Serena e-Power Autech, Note e-Power Autech, and X-Trail Autech.

Elsewhere, visitors to the brand’s stand will also get to see the GT-R Nismo, Note e-Power Nismo, X-Trail Nismo Performance Package, Serena Nismo, Leaf Nismo Concept, and Motul Autech GT-R racer.


Nissan Coming To 2018 CES With New Technologies, IMx Concept 21
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Autonomous, CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, new cars, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Videos, Tech, video on 12 21st, 2017

Electrification, autonomous and connected driving are currently all the rage in the automotive industry, and Nissan wants to be at the forefront of these technologies.

Announcing their presence at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which starts on January 7, the Japanese automaker said it will unveil “a very interesting future technology regarding vehicle control, which may cause a lot of thinking”, although it wouldn’t provide any more information on the subject.

Anyway, Nissan’s CES stand visitors will also have the chance to see the IMx Concept that was revealed last October at the Tokyo Motor Show. Believed to influence the styling of the next-generation Rogue Sport, which is known as Qashqai in Europe, it’s underpinned by a new EV platform and powered by two electric motors.

It’s also equipped with a new version of Nissan’s ProPilot system, which allows it to drive on its own and, once engaged, the steering wheel ‘magically’ disappears into the dashboard and the seats recline. Not something we expect to see in the near future, but it does show the way things are heading…

The new generation Leaf will also be on display in Las Vegas, demonstrating its ProPilot Assist and e-Pedal features, as will the updated Rogue, which also sports the semi-autonomous driving technology, in addition to other novelties, for the 2018MY.



Nissan Gets Into The Star Wars Spirit With Six ‘Last Jedi’ Concepts 29
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, LA Auto Show, Movie Cars, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Rogue Sport on 11 29th, 2017

When you hear the word “rogue,” do you think of a Star Wars movie or a Nissan crossover? Well the creators of each want you to think of both, and to that end have revealed an array of concept cars at the LA Auto Show.

Made to promote the upcoming theatrical release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the six vehicles have been individually crafted to take on the spirit of the sci-fi franchise and its latest installment.

There’s an Altima sedan done up to emulate the TIE Fighters deployed in the First Order’s Special Forces squadron, with a multi-panel windshield, special wheels, full body wrap, and speakers to play TIE Fighter and blaster sounds.

It’s joined by three different takes on the Maxima – one channeling Kylo Ren’s black and silver facemask, another emulating his TIE Silencer spacecraft with its distinctive wings, and a third made for Captain Phasma of the First Order in silver with black and red.

Given the title of the last film, it should come as no surprise that the Rogue is well represented here as well. There’s one done up like Poe Dameron’s X-wing starfighter – complete with a BB-8 droid popping out the roof – and a Rogue Sport taking on the design of an A-wing fighter in blue and white.

Of all the concepts on display at the LA show this year, these seem the least likely to enter production. But they will be making their rounds of the local shows once this one’s done.

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Nissan IMx Concept Could Influence Next Qashqai And Rogue Sport 30
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Autonomous, concepts, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Qashqai, Reports on 10 30th, 2017

Presented in Tokyo last week, the new Nissan IMx won't be put into production, but it will reportedly help influence the design of the brand's next-gen compact SUV.
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New Nissan Leaf NISMO Concept Drops Quirky For Sporty 25
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Electric Vehicles, Galleries, Nismo, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Leaf, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017

During the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan unveiled a NISMO-tuned Leaf EV, wearing a bulbous aero kit that didn't really scream "sporty".
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Nissan Got Its “Tesla” On In Tokyo With Stylish IMx Concept 25
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Galleries, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017

Nissan is looking to usher in a new era of intelligent mobility, and the IMx Concept recently unveiled in Tokyo is a big sign of things to come.
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Nissan’s IMx Crossover Concept Is All-Electric And Fully-Autonomous 25
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Galleries, new cars, nissan, Nissan Concepts, SUV, Tech, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017

An all-electric and fully-autonomous crossover concept, dubbed the Nissan IMx, has just premiered at the Tokyo Motor Show.
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Here’s A Better Look At Nissan’s Electric SUV Concept 24
Posted by Brad Anderson in concept, Electric Vehicles, nissan, Nissan Concepts, SUV, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 24th, 2017

A new image has surfaced online showing Nissan’s electric SUV concept bound for the Tokyo Motor Show.
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Nissan Reveals Two More Concepts For Tokyo, The e-NV200 Fridge And NV350 Paramedic 19
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concept, Electric Vehicles, japan, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 19th, 2017

Set to debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show alongside the Leaf Nismo and mysterious concept car, are two new studies by Nissan.
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Nissan Teases Mysterious New Concept For Tokyo 17
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concept, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Videos, Tokyo Motor Show, video on 10 17th, 2017

Nissan has released a teaser video which previews an all-new concept for the Tokyo Motor Show.
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Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept Unveiled Prior To Tokyo Show Debut 3
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concept, Electric Vehicles, Nismo, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Leaf, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 3rd, 2017

After previewing the new Leaf Nismo Concept yesterday, Nissan has now pulled the cover off the show car officially, ahead of its public debut set for later this month, at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
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