Nissan Xmotion sports blocky good looks, previews new SUVs

Hope Soto
January 17, 2018

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 vehicle and using the traditional wood joinery technique of kanawa-tsugi.

In order to accommodate the third row of seats while still providing plenty of cargo capacity, the Xmotion concept includes an aerodynamically designed retractable "rooftop box" to carry extra gear.

Although the vehicle that debuted Monday morning is officially nothing more than a show auto, Nissan says the Xmotion "signals (its crossover) design direction for 2020 and beyond". At the front, the automaker's traditional V-motion grille is also modified over production cars, with a wider spread and a deeper inset. Overall, the entire interior of the XMotion is aimed towards depicting a Japanese river, atop which sit traditional Japanese elements such as the bamboo and lace-like seating.

Nissan has unveiled its Xmotion concept, which is a "design exploration for a potentially groundbreaking compact SUV". Though large 21-inch alloy wheels, that hold extreme off-road looking tyres, and blocky contrast bumpers and side skirts fit the concept design memo. He said that it has a little of American utility and Japanese aesthetic craftsmanship in its design. With three rows of side-by-side seats, Nissan reckons the layout is well suited to ferrying around a young couple, another couple and either children and pets in the third row.

Inside, the Xmotion concept's crafted interior design symbolizes a Japanese landscape, honoring Nissan's roots while incorporating advanced graphic user interfaces and autonomous driving technologies.

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Before the 2018 NAIAS opens to the public from January 20 to January 28 at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit, automakers show off new models and make world debuts in scheduled press conferences.

The cedar-wood veneers used on the console and IP came from one tree in Japan's Yamagata prefecture. It's comprised of seven digital screens - five in the centre, one in the ceiling (digital room mirror) and a center console display. 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 vehicle, as is black to symbolize modern technology.

You should when Nissan comes up with systems like this: It comes with fingerprint authentication, which is used to start the Xmotion concept.

The displays and infotainment system can be controlled by gestures and eye movements.

Fingerprint authentication atop the centre console starts the auto.

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