Nissan has unveiled its new Qazana Concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. According to the Japanese carmaker, the Qazana Concept takes inspiration from a simple desire to have fun behind the wheel while showing that mind-numbing motoring could be a thing to be left behind.
The new Qazana concept crossover that will most probably determine future models of the smaller sibling of the Qashqai when it reaches production late next year at Nissan Sunderland plant. Fairly compact, the Qazana is 4.060 mm long. Although it is 30 mm shorter than the Ford Focus hatch, it is also 80 mm taller. Qazana would be suitable to the urban environment, thanks to its compact dimensions of 4,060 mm in length, 1,780 mm in width and 1,570 mm in height, with a wheelbase that measures 2,530 mm.
The styling of the Nissan Qazana Concept revolves around the four-headlight configuration of the front face with flared daylight running lights reaching to the top of the wings at the front, a high waistline and a stumpy rear end that was inspired by the new Nissan 370Z, and its specially L-shaped taillights.
Furthermore, the new Qazana Concept comes with a number of design features that link it existing Nissan Crossovers. These features include rounded elements such as the wheel arches and bonnet as well as signature rising window line at the rear, which are found on Murano and Qashqai.
Features in the Nissan Qazana Concept are lots of tricks that most probably won´t see production like for instance missing B-pillars, electrically operated doors, and the car sits atop 20 inch wheels.
Although the wheels of the Nissan are not much use in urban streets the carmaker insists that the design philosophy of SUV meets sports coupe will be an influence to the production crossover, an essential vehicle for the Sunderland factory.
The concept comes with an FWD system and the production version might as well come with the FWD option. It is also equipped with a torque vectoring system to divide the torque between each wheel and a ground clearance that's sufficiently high for a vehicle of its category.
Airflow is improved over and through the car by putting the main air intake through the lower black plastic inserts which come with large round holes instead of the upper grill.
The Qazana appears to be a revolutionary solution but essential elements of the concept indeed point to a production car of the future. The Japanese carmaker is optimistic with the concept claiming that if it was created in the 1960s it would have competed with bikes, buggies and camper vans. There is just nothing like it currently.