Here we have devised a complete list of concepts from Nissan that are promising enough to spawn production versions in the years to come
Nissan makes its presence felt at almost every motoring show around the world by presenting its latest technologies and innovations as a way of showcasing its future aspirations and the direction in which its products will head towards – just like any other manufacturer but in a different approach.
The evolutionary approach in its design of the concepts is a testament to Nissan’s continuous thrive into developing new products. Here we are focussing on some of the latest conceptual studies you would definitely need to know as they have scope for production versions in the near future:
1. Nissan IMx
The electric crossover concept from Nissan broke covers at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show. The self-driving concept promises to give low centre of gravity and spacious interior. The Nissan IMx derives power from a couple of electric motors – one driving front axle and the other rear. The combined power output is rated at 429 hp and 700 Nm of peak torque.
The high capacity battery is claimed to deliver more than 600 km range on a single charge. The concept has connections with the Terra prototype by adopting some of its design cues. The IMx gets an alluring front end with sharp design elements and futuristic V motion grille, big wheels, glass finished roof, technologically brimmed cabin, etc.
It boasts advanced Nissan ProPILOT system for fully autonomous driving capabilities and when engaged, the steering wheel automatically retracts into the dashboard and the seats recline to offer relaxed and comfy experience. They get back into normal position when the ProPILOT mode gets disengaged. According to Nissan, the IMx takes inspiration from Japanese concepts of “ma” for sense of space and time and “wa” meaning harmony.
2. Nissan Vmotion 2.0
Nissan took the veil off the Vmotion 2.0 concept at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show and it definitely previews the company’s design direction for the future. The sports sedan is angular in appearance and comes with stylish features than what you see on the modern day road-going Nissan sedans.
For instance, it has rear hinged rear doors that is responsible for creating a wide cabin. Moreover, the floating roof appears to have disconnected to boast big glass area. The signature element of the Vmotion 2.0 concept is the V front grille that could be used in the future models.
Stepping inside the cabin, you will be treated with a large TFT screen and it takes the place of usual dials we often find. The unique steering wheel in oblong shaped and it suggests the focus towards self-driving operations.
3. Nissan Gripz
Nissan vowed a crossover concept that would send shockwaves into spectators at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and they delivered. The Gripz Concept takes inspiration from racing bicycles and the Nissan 240Z rally machine that won the legendary Safari Rally in the 70s. The concept displays a futuristic Z-born crossover with an unique stature.
It has high ground clearance and overall silhouette as a sportscar and quite a few will appreciate its boldness. It is no means to trash the Z’s sporting legacy but to take it to the next level but in a different crossover manner. Will we ever see a production crossover based on the aggressive Gripz concept? Only time will tell!
4. Nissan IDS
By the final year of this decade, several Nissan vehicles sold globally will be capable of autonomous driving. The Nissan IDS concept previewed the same idea even in 2016 at Tokyo. Described as “vision of the future of autonomous driving”, the Nissan IDS concept presented a sneak preview of the engineering and technological ideas and innovations that will drive the future Nissan models.
The Nissan Intelligent Driving technology will play a key role in the brand’s future and combined with higher range electric vehicle capacity, the Japanese company will make a big impact. The evolution of battery technology along with aerodynamic efficiency is important as well. The IDS concept had pillar less doors, fin shaped vertical fenders. lightweight carbon fibre construction and a 60 kWh battery pack.
It will learn and adapt to the driving conditions when turned auto while communication between owner and the car can be had through cloud and scheduling based on cloud data. Piloted drive mode with 360 degree surveillance, Light On Intention indicator, an outer dashboard with LED flash lights, wireless charging lane and remote piloted parking are other main features.
5. Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo
The Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo was said to be a dream project of a set of young designers at Nissan Design Europe. The embarked on a mission to develop a virtual car that would be exclusive to the minds of designers and on video game screens. The successful design led to the engineering team at the Nissan Technical Center in Japan took over and made it into reality.
After a number of simulations and technical evaluations, they came up with a stunning 3D model that would showcase the vision of a future supercar. The PlayStation 3 exclusive Gran Turismo 6(GT6) was presented at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom and it derives a slew of design cues Nissan’s performance based models. The 2+2 sports car incorporates racing technology mainly for aerodynamic use.
6. Nissan Sway
The Sway concept made way for the latest Micra retailed in international markets and it’s a captivating way of presenting the brand. Debuting at the 2016 Geneva motor show, it is 4,010 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,385 mm tall and has its interior inspired from the IDX concept of 2013. Designed at Nissan’s Atsugi design centre in Japan, it gave birth to the Micra that we can expect in the near future in India.
It has short overhangs allowing for a generous wheelbase. Based on the CMF platform, it is said to offer an efficiency for being more competitive following the leads of cars like Qashqai with advanced technology. It comes equipped with the now signature V-Motion front grille, floating roof, sporty proportions and so on.
7. Nissan Lannia
Nissan Lannia Concept was purely focussed on Chine and the brand’s growing band of customers there. It was designed by Chinese, and built by Chinese for the Chinese people, and also for other select markets. slotted as a “sedan theory-breaker,” the Lannia Concept spawned out of a partnership between Nissan Design China in Beijing and the Nissan Global Design Center.
Having made world premiere at the Beijing Motor Show, it gets a sleek and agile design package that Nissan says addresses the tastes and values of contemporary Chinese “Post-80s” trendsetters called “balinghou”. It boasts V-motion front grille, boomerang-styled headlamps, floating roof, angular LED tail lamps and diffuser built into the rear bumper.
8. Nissan IDx Freeflow
The IDx Freeflow is for people who seek natural and tasteful things in every aspect of their daily lives according to Nissan. The four-seater concept has selected mix of fashionable functionality and comfort as far as interior design is concerned – a living room inside a car where the occupants can relax the company boldly claims. It is more of a lifestyle companion rather than a hardcore coupe and is powered by 1.2 and 1.5-litre engines with CVT automatic transmission.
9. Nissan IDx Nismo
The creators involved in the IDx Nismo project grew up playing racing simulation games and Nissan says they had an inate desire to bring virtual driving experience to the real world. It takes the distilled heritage of Nissan’s erstwhile basic box-shaped racing vehicles and coupled it with new details to make it highly attractive.
Both the IDx concepts take influence from the Datsun 510. The IDx Nismo is about half metre wider than the Freeflow featuring carbon panels and side exhaust, along with 19-inch wheels. It uses a DIG-T turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine connected to a CVT.
10. Nissan XMotion
Nissan revealed the XMotion concept at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show and it previews a future compact SUV. The three-row concept accommodating six passengers has design influenced by Japanese culture and has utilitarian capability of American SUVs with new generation Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology. It features a sculpted body with unique U-shaped headlamps and evolved version of V-motion front grille.
Showing the rugged and powerful side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the XMotion has traditional Japanese craftsmanship in a contemporary manner and boasts tool inspired wheels and all terrain tyres with the tyre tread laminated over 21-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The retractable “rooftop box” is accompanied by an unique tail light design. The three rows have side-by-side individual seats while the interior gains seven digital screen portions.
The “digital room mirror” is in the ceiling and there is also a centre console display with modern instrument panel design. The infotainment screen can be controlled by gestures and even movements of the eye while there is also room for intuitive controls and voice command system.