Nissan Xmotion concept adds dose of style to family crossover lineup

Nissan Xmotion concept adds dose of style to family crossover lineup

Nissan Xmotion concept adds dose of style to family crossover lineup

With vehicles like the Juke and Murano, Nissan has tried to blaze a trail away from traditional two-box SUV/CUV designs, and that's again the case with the new show auto.

To accommodate the third row of seats, the XMotion has a retractable rooftop box. Nissan cites both natural and urban landscapes as its inspiration in designing the Xmotion, which the automaker says is pronounced as "cross-motion".

Nissan has finally pulled the veils off its latest concept vehicle, the Nissan Xmotion, at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

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. He said that it has a little of American utility and Japanese aesthetic craftsmanship in its design.

The interior design is also very innovative, with Nissan applying the Japanese "kigumi" design ethos that is inspired by structures in nature. That means the floor of the Xmotion is a river, the centre console acts as a bridge - and the main console of the vehicle uses a joinery technique usually found in Japanese temples and shrines. Called a "4 +2" layout, it's created to provide a ideal space for "a young couple, another couple and two children or pets in the third row".

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Nissan said careful attention was paid to the wood grain, texture and even the aroma to look and feel as if the whole instrument panel and console were cut out of a single Japanese cedar tree. The sharp angles continue along the side of the Xmotion and around the back. The cabin is futuristic to say the least using space-age materials while also retaining the old-school wood work.

A prominent feature on the Xmotion is the Human Machine Interface (HMI), which Nissan calls "very simple".

Perhaps the most interesting part of the auto is the huge digital display panel that span the dashboard's width.

Like many Nissan concepts, this one uses elements of Japanese culture or nature as an influence, despite an SUV being a largely American creation. It's comprised of seven digital screens - five in the centre, one in the ceiling (digital room mirror) and a center console display. Nissan says the koi connects you with the vehicle most effectively. Hmm. Acting as the car's infotainment system, the koi awakens via fingerprint authentication, which replaces a push-button ignition found in most cars today. The auto is packed with sensors for hand gestures and eye movements that work with the infotainment system, climate control, and the door-to-door digital dashboard.

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