Nissan is well-known for creating groundbreaking crossovers as well as sports utility vehicles. At the 2018 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show), the Japanese carmaker has unveiled a new design study that signals its design direction for 2020 and beyond – in the form of the new Nissan Xmotion three-row SUV Concept.
Pronounced as “cross motion,” the Xmotion concept explores the possible design for Nissan’s future compact SUV. It features a striking exterior that looks into the future with its sculpted body and menacing front end, as well as a well-crafted interior inspired by Japanese landscape. Just like a purposeful traditional SUV, the Xmotion comes with a high stance, bulked-up fenders, high-utility proportions as well as all-terrain-ready wheels and tires. The new Xmotion delivers American-style utility while taking inspiration from Japanese culture, and also fusing traditional craftsmanship with new-generation Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology.
The new Nissan Xmotion concept sports a bold evolution of the brand’s signature V-motion grille, now wider and deeper, to the point that this new form was the inspiration behind the name of the concept. The new grille dons horizontal bars inspired by Japanese architecture, featuring a blade-like appearance with deep carbon color and high-gloss finish. Nissan hopes to employ this evolved V-motion grille for future production crossovers and SUVs.
Another Nissan signature design element applied on the new Xmotion is a set of so-called "boomerang" headlamps that resemble forged steel blades on the design study. These headlamps integrate all functions-- high beam, low beam, turn signals and positioning lamps -- into a single unit, with lighting intensity and color changing according to the function. On the rear, the rear lights take inspiration from kumiko, or Japanese woodwork and puzzles.
Meanwhile, the new Nissan Xmotion concept dons U-shaped bodyside highlights that deliver a smooth, continuous visual flow from front to rear fenders. The new Xmotion rides on rugged, metal-crafted 21-inch aluminum wheels physically laminated by all-terrain tires, making rubber become tires part of the rims.
Inside, the new Xmotion combines traditional Japanese elements and futuristic technological lifestyle cues, as made possible by using traditional construction techniques, craftsmanship and materials. The spacious interior – thanks to a long wheelbase and wheels pushed out to the corners – delivers "4+2" passenger layout, featuring up to three rows of side-by-side individual seats. The third row of seats was achieved by employing a retractable "rooftop box" that could accommodate a variety of bags.
Designers were inspired by the imagery of a Japanese landscape in creating the interior of the Xmotion, with a floor that represents a river and the center console – employing a traditional Japanese architectural wood joinery technique called kanawa tsugi -- serving as a bridge connecting the front and rear passenger sections. The design of the instrument panel, meanwhile, is a modern interpretation of the traditional kigumi wood joinery.
While the exterior makes use of special shade of silver, carbon fiber weaving and scarlet accents, the interior is wrapped in red, white and touches of black.
In addition, the new Nissan Xmotion is equipped with a simple Human Machine Interface (HMI) as well as seven digital screen portions. It is also fitted with a camera monitoring system instead of traditional door mirrors, displaying images and other information on the end screens.