Hi-Cross Concept is the latest vehicle from Nissan that made its debut today at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and according to our sources, the new vehicle previews the next-generation X-Trail. The Hi-Cross Concept carries a hybrid drive train which includes an electric motor (powered by a Nissan-developed compact lithium-ion battery) and a 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engine.
The engine delivers the performance potential of a 2.5-litre with the economy and emissions expected from a much smaller unit. According to Nissan, the new HEV drivetrain is based on a new technology developed for the front-wheel drive models, but modified to provide four-wheel drive.
The concept also uses Nissan's new generation XTRONIC continuously variable transmission, capable to achieves a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy over comparable previous generation CVTs.
The design of the car previews company’s design language, but don’t expect to see the model on the streets as it is. Built on an extensively revised version of Nissan's Hi-Cross Concept sits on a 2780mm wheelbase. It is 4660mm long, 1850mm wide and 1670mm tall, with 21-in. alloy wheels.
François Bancon, Deputy Division General Manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning Division , said: "Although this is purely a concept car, exploring potential ideas for the future, there is no ambiguity about its purpose. It is a high-riding crossover, hence its name: Hi-Cross Concept. "But the name does more than refer to its shape. The ‘Hi' refers equally to the idea of extended value, to the levels of innovation found in the drivetrain and, of course, to the excitement promised from the behind the wheel."