The Japanese carmaker created the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept as an embodiment of the essence of a true sports sedan. Its next-generation design is focused on creating a sporty style; the concept is essentially a four-door sedan that bears the aura of a real sports car. Nissan Sport Sedan Concept provides a glimpse into a future production vehicle with groundbreaking design and innovative driving dynamics.
Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at Nissan, remarked that the Sport Sedan Concept presents a highly emotional and energetic design direction, thereby taking the carmaker’s approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan to a whole new level. He quipped that the Sport Sedan Concept achieves this by pursuing exciting sports car design and proportions.
The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept is the third of futuristic concepts – following the Nissan Resonance and Friend-ME concepts unveiled in 2013 – with hallmark design cues that would make their way to future Nissan models. These design cues include the new V-Motion front aspect, boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights as well as "floating" roof. All of these distinctive design cues are meant to be applied into various Nissan models from sedans to crossovers.
Nakamura quipped that Nissan’s new design direction reflects the strength, power as well as capabilities of the engineering and innovation that has been the foundation of all Nissan cars. He said that Nissan is a brand for people who are looking to enjoy bold and passionate experiences and for those who dare to make non-conventional choices. Nakamura said that this is the reason why Nissan has a commitment to innovate in the field of automotive design.
The new Nissan Sport Sedan Concept features an exterior defined by its low, wide proportions. Its sportiness comes from the fact that its hood line and ground clearance are lower than traditional sedans.
On the other hand, the front end of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept features a "V-Motion" movement, which commences from its elegantly chromed grille and continues through the bonnet. The front end of the Sport Sedan Concept is also defined by large boomerang headlights that employ light emitting diode (LED) technology, a wide yet sloped windshield as well as a deeply scooped front fascia.
When viewed from the sides, the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept reveals a profile that exudes power and dynamism, thanks to its body side lines that give the flanks a strong sculpture while linking the wheels and tires. These lines lend the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept a strong sense of motion, making the four-door design study seemingly moving even when it is at a standstill. Further giving the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept more dynamics is the fact that it rides on custom 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped with low-profile 275/30R21 tires.
Moreover, the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept is provided with a distinctive silhouette blending seamlessly into the rear. The rear end is defined by boomerang rear combination lights and wide, deeply scooped rear fascia as well as by large chrome trunk accent and high deck.
Meanwhile, the new Nissan Sport Sedan Concept features a distinct "floating" roof that lends the vehicle a strong sense of lightness and openness. Nakamura remarked that the roofline of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept – just like on the Resonance and Friend-ME concepts – makes it appear like the vehicle has no pillars, thereby enhancing the feeling of sportiness and dynamism. He added that the roofline also lends the Sport Sedan Concept's a confident stance that elegantly combines a lower body and a streamlined cabin.
The new Nissan Sport Sedan Concept is wrapped in a distinct "Strad Amber" finish that takes inspiration from noted classic violins, including their rich finish and excellent craftsmanship. The Japanese carmaker was able to attain this exterior finish by applying an orange-amber topcoat over a base of gold paint.