Detroit Motor Show: Nissan reveals Xmotion SUV concept

Nissan XMotion Concept

"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. The Xmotion has a retractable rooftop box, which expands to accommodate luggage then pulls back in to minimize aerodynamic impact.

Nissan's new Xmotion concept stands out from other concept vehicles with its stunning design, inspired by Nissan's Japanese heritage. It's still recognisably Nissan, thanks to retention of the "boomerang" headlamps, fascia and V-motion front grille. The mostly white interior trim is bathed in an ambient red glow, representing the two colours of the Japanese flag.

Described as the automaker's vision of a new Nissan design direction for 2020 and beyond, the three-row SUV concept - the name of which is pronounced "cross motion", so the company insists - is meant to blend Japanese culture and craftsmanship with American utility.

Step inside via the pillarless doors, and find an interior drawing heavy inspiration from classical Japanese nature.

The center console features traditional Japanese wood joinery; the same technique is used to build temples and religious shrines. Featuring three rows of side-by-side individual seats, it's created to provide a flawless space for a young couple, another couple and two children or pets in the third row. The headrest design on the seats also was inspired by kumiko woodwork, the company says.




Nissans vision of a future SUV is partially made from wood and as a digital fish living inside of it.

From the side, the Xmotion adopts a U-shape to its body panels, which Albaisa explains "presented a big challenge in changing from one surface to another while keeping the shape".

The Xmotion (which is pronounced "cross-motion") has three main displays, as well as left- and right-end displays that span the width of the instrument panel. In this way, the koi acts as a storyteller, connecting human and machine.

One cool feature of these screen is that graphics can move between the screens on the centre console and the ones on the dashboard. Fuji appears when the third-row door is opened, Nissan says, adding the colors of the Japanese flag - red and white - are used inside the auto, as is black to symbolize modern technology.

The Xmotion concept also uses a camera monitoring system in place of traditional mirrors. Acting as the car's infotainment system, the koi awakens via fingerprint authentication, which replaces a push-button ignition found in most cars today.

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