"Bold and powerful forms and proportions are, upon closer inspection, contrasted with aspects of traditional Japanese craftsmanship expressed in a contemporary way", said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. The Xmotion has a retractable rooftop box, which expands to accommodate luggage then pulls back in to minimize aerodynamic impact.
"There are, of course, some signature Nissan design elements immediately apparent in the Xmotion, including the 'boomerang" headlamps and familiar V-motion grille which, here, is eve wider and deeper, adopting a more three-dimensional execution.
The idea behind the Xmotion is to blend Japanese culture-which the interior is steeped in-with American tastes for utility vehicles, which are clearly projected on the exterior.
Nissan took the wraps off the Xmotion - say "cross motion" - concept at the Detroit auto show on Monday, using the sharply-styled compact crossover to showcase Japanese heritage and aesthetics, and demonstrate how contrasting design attributes can coexist in a single vehicle.
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. In a nod to that past, Nissan has invited a new generation of craftspeople from Kyoto, Japan's GO ON project to demonstrate several ancient techniques during the show. The interior console was built based on a method of traditional Japanese nailless wood joining known as kanawa tsugi. Featuring three rows of side-by-side individual seats, it's created to provide a flawless space for a young couple, another couple and two children or pets in the third row. The taillight design, Nissan says, was inspired by Japanese woodwork and puzzles. From the side and rear angles, I see a lot of Volvo XC40 inspiration - and that's a good thing. The center console, interestingly, is also made out of wood. 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 centre console display.
We wouldn't bet on the next Rogue looking exactly like this, but the Xmotion concept should still be useful in charting the design direction of upcoming Nissan SUVs and crossovers.
When rumors first rippled that the Xterra was making a comeback as part of the Frontier's redesign, a Nissan VP of product planning hinted that the brand is strongly considering bringing a rugged, off-road-oriented SUV to market.
Accessing the Xmotion requires fingerprint authentication. The screens and infotainment system can be controlled by voice, gestures or eye movements.