Meet the new Nissan Xmotion Concept. That’s “Cross” motion to you. [Animation Credit: Nissan]
Oh look, it’s another crossover! Nissan’s been known to produce some visually striking concepts in recent years, and 2018 is no exception. The company rolled out their latest offering at this year’s North American International Auto Show. Meet the Xmotion – that’s pronounced “Cross”motion – concept. If squared-off, chunky styling appeals to you, then you’ll love this model. But that’s not the best part. No, the best is yet to come when you look inside.
The Exterior Seems to Borrow Styling Cues from the Volvo XC40
There seems to be a fair bit of Volvo XC40 in the styling of this car. Boxy all around, broad shoulders, flared wheel arches and black cladding. Depending on your opinion of the XC40, that may or may not be a bad thing. Regardless, the Xmotion Concept’s exterior styling exemplifies the intention of the engineers. Nissan wanted to marry American utility with Japanese craftsmanship and technology. On its face, by virtue of the Xmotion’s body statute and Nissan’s reputation for reliability, they’ve succeeded.
Nissan touts a sort of “visual simplicity” with the Xmotion Concept’s design. They took inspiration from mechanical tools for the 21-inch alloy wheels, and other interesting features include a retractable rooftop box and unique lighting designs, front and rear.
Screens, screens everywhere!
It’s not unusual for concepts to sport otherworldly styling, but the Nissan may take it to a new level, depending on your perspective. The company claims their inspiration for the floor design from a river. The center console represents a bridge, gently arcing from the front to the rear. That’s not the best part though – that would come when you take a look at the dashboard.
Forget knobs and buttons – that’s so 2000-and-late. Okay, horrendous pop reference aside, traditional knobs and buttons aren’t so tomorrow’s world. Instead, Nissan’s giving you a bank of screens in the Xmotion Concept. There are seven – count them, seven – digital screen portions throughout the cabin of this concept. Three “main displays” comprise the instrument cluster. Then there are two in front of the passenger, one in the center console, and a “digital room mirror” in the ceiling. All the displays and the infotainment system can be controlled by gestures and eye movements, as well as touch. That way, the driver can control everything easily and safely. Anyone see the second episode of Black Mirror on Netflix? That’s what this reminds me of.
The Xmition is function following form, claims Nissan
Of course, as this is a concept, there’s no word on whether this will actually head to production, much less if our motoring future in the Xmotion concept will be dominated by screens.
Nissan Xmotion Concept Photos [Credit: Nissan]