Nissan Xmotion SUV concept could point to next Rogue

Nissan's new Xmotion Concept looks to the future

On the inside, the Xmotion gets a little more concept-like, and Nissan says it's created to echo a traditional Japanese landscape. Other exterior features include a retractable roof box and an intricate rear light design.

"In the Xmotion concept, we explored the more rugged and powerful side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility", Albaisa said.

From the outside, the Xmotion stands out thanks to the large V-motion grille finished with black vertical louvres, while the gaping lower air vents - also seen on the Vmotion 2.0 concept auto - are inspired by Japanese architecture, according to Nissan. It is the finest combination of Japanese and American cultures in the form of unbeatable technology.

The Xmotion concept, a compact three-row SUV from Nissan, is ready for its close-up at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

The Xmotion rides on all-terrain tires wrapped around 21-inch alloy wheels, but that's about as far as its off-roady cues go.

Step inside via the pillarless doors, and find an interior drawing heavy inspiration from classical Japanese nature.

Six seats sit alongside a bridge of wood down the center of the vehicle created with ancient Japanese joinery techniques.

The cabin continues the adopted styling, offering space for six persons on three rows of two seats each, while a floating console is running through the center of the cabin.

But Albaisa's new vision shows up in details like the distinctive taillamp design which, Nissan suggests, "was inspired by the detail and warmth of "kumiko" Japanese woodwork and puzzles".

A "4+2" setup gives passengers in all three rows their own individual seats for added tranquility.

With Toyota's 4Runner seeing a sales surge, the Wrangler continuing to top sales for Jeep, and Ford bringing back the Bronco, perhaps the time is nigh for Nissan to explore the great outdoors once again. Meant to act as a virtual assistant similar to Siri, the digital Japanese koi fish inside the Xmotion concept swims across the panoramic screen encompassing the entire dashboard. The Xmotion is also equipped with Nissan's most advanced, innovative suite of driving-assist technology - Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

Accessing the Xmotion requires fingerprint authentication. There are also seven screens displaying vehicle information. Nissan says that this technique uses neither glue nor a single nail, and that it is known for its durability and strength. All of these screens can be controlled using hand gestures and eye movement, according to Nissan, although voice command also plays a key role in the Xmotion's HMI.

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