Nissan Xmotion presented at Detroit Motor Show

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At the ongoing Detroit Motor Show, Nissan has shown the Xmotion concept, a design exploration for a compact SUV. Making its world debut, the six-passenger, three-row Nissan Xmotion (pronounced “cross motion”) concept fuses Japanese culture with American-style utility and new-generation Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology. The Nissan Xmotion concept’s exterior features a dynamic existence with understated sculptural beauty, with unique U-shaped highlights and a bold evolution of Nissan’s signature V-motion grille.

Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Said, “In the Xmotion concept, we explored the more rugged and powerful side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Bold and powerful forms and proportions are, upon faster inspection, contrasted with aspects of old-style Japanese craftsmanship expressed in a contemporary way.” The visual simplicity of the Xmotion concept exterior is compared by the rugged, metal-crafted wheels and all-terrain design. The mechanical tool-inspired wheels and all-terrain tyres coexist as one piece, with the tire tread physically laminated over the 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Additional exterior features include a retractable “rooftop box” and a unique tail light design inspired by Japanese woodwork. Featuring three rows of side-by-side individual seats, it’s designed to provide perfect space for a minimum of 5-6 persons.

Albaisa added, “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 look, Xmotion may seem to have a small design language, but a closer look reveals layers of detail that make this concept exceptional.”

The interior includes a total of seven digital screen portions. Three main displays and left and right end displays span the width of the instrument panel. There’s also a “digital room mirror” in the ceiling and a center console display. The Xmotion concept’s instrument panel design is a modern interpretation of traditional kigumi wood joinery. By using the kigumi structure in the console and instrument panel, the vehicle’s interior suggests a robust bone structure. The displays and infotainment system can be controlled by eye movements and gestures. Intuitive controls and a voice command system allow drivers to focus on driving, helping them access various information in a smart, easy and safe manner.