Nissan has finally unveiled the Resonance Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and gave the world a glimpse at what’s about to come. As expected the Resonance Concept shows the direction of the next-generation Nissan crossovers. Moreover, the Resonance previews the successor to Nissan’s crossover that will be built in Mississippi for the first time.
According to the official press release, the Resonance Concept was created at Nissan Design America in San Diego, CA and features an open, airy architecture highlighted by a unique "floating" roof that was created using the thin A-pillars, large full-length glass panel and flowing D-pillar design. The interior is welcoming yet exclusive and features the latest technologies.
The Resonance Concept is powered by a fuel-efficient hybrid electric drivetrain that includes Nissan’s "one-motor, two-clutch" system, which combines a smaller displacement internal combustion gasoline engine with an electric motor/lithium-ion battery and advanced management system. The Resonance Concept also features Nissan's next-generation Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).
When it came to the interior, the design team focused on showing how a first-class travel in space of the future could look. In essence this means an interior that is exclusive but at the same time welcoming. It should also be one that displays premium features which are also cutting-edge. As such, the interior has that “VIP lounge” having its own light premium-stitched leather seats. Overall, it showcases authentic sophistication. The open glass roof has some elements that appear to be floating like the roof lining. With this, it gives the vehicle an airy lightness feel to it while giving it a better sense of space.
This roof also allows the model to have that distinct panoramic view of the outside. The inside clearly offers a good amount of space and this impression is highlighted further by the sculpted door panels and the center console with its deep and elegant shape. The details are truly exceptional and by adding in the sequential welcome lighting, it helps occupants experience more drama and warmth especially when going inside. There is also the way the light on the inside is able to put emphasis on the natural wood pattern of this vehicle’s cabin, clearly now more contemporary.
Meanwhile, the instrument panel is truly cutting-edge and floats on the console. This gives the driver a way to access all of the communication and infotainment features. Further, the technology has been layered in a graphical manner which results in the visual depth and holographic experience. This is then used in order to sort the information and rank them in terms of importance.
Francois Bancon said that the interior of the Resonance is the best example of the modernity that many of the crossover buyers of today want. These are customers, he added, that prefer to have a wonderful experience rather than traditional indulgence. He continued by saying that the cabin’s structural design is both structured and open. Finally, Bancon revealed, the interior is much like its exterior, which is able to not only redefine the segment but also push it beyond its limits.