Nissan has used the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit to unveil its Xmotion SUV concept, blending off-road ruggedness, generous seating capacity and compact dimensions.
The Japanese manufacturer has said the exterior gives a hint as to the future design direction of its SUVs, including a revised version of its signature 'V-motion' grille, which has taken on a more utilitarian and boxy look.
From the outside, the Xmotion stands out thanks to the large V-motion grille finished with black vertical louvres, while the gaping lower air vents – also seen on the Vmotion 2.0 concept car – are inspired by Japanese architecture, according to Nissan.
The thin, LED boomerang-style headlights give the Xmotion an aggressive, futuristic look and contain the high-beam, low-beam, turn signals and positioning lamps – all of which can switch intensity based on the function.
A tough, rugged image is cultivated through the presence of a black front bumper, wheelarches, side sills and rear bumper, while 21-inch black alloy wheels and all-terrain tyres also add to the purposeful look.
At the rear, the Xmotion sports a simple design with a large single-piece tailgate and a curved tail-light design that uses hologram technology and is inspired by Japanese puzzles and woodwork.
Camera-operated slimline door mirrors, scarlet red accents along the roofline and a roof-mounted storage pod finish off the exterior look.
Inside, Nissan says it has used traditional construction techniques and materials with a modern design aesthetic, evidenced by the wooden centre console extending through to the rear of the car and using the traditional wood joinery technique of kanawa-tsugi.
The unique ‘wood bridge’ design has allowed for a three-row, six-seat arrangement, fit for adult occupants in the front two rows and children or pets in the rear.
Japanese cedar is also used on the lower half of the dashboard with the top half featuring a cockpit-spanning multimedia and instrument cluster screen, while the centre console uses a tablet screen in place of buttons and a gear lever. Sensors are also used around the cabin to detect driver inputs for the entertainment and air-conditioning systems.
The steering wheel features a racecar-like square design, while the seats come with a see-through headrest look with scarlet red accents.
Operation of the vehicle is started by fingerprint authentication and, once done, drivers are greeted by the vehicle’s virtual personal assist, which takes the form of a koi fish.
The personal assistant can link to the driver’s smartphone and automatically determine factors such as the destination, while activating information concerning the weather, music and vehicle systems.
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.