Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept Signals New Design Direction

The dynamic new look of Nissan’s V-Motion design language has been key to the success of vehicles like the new Murano and Maxima. From the aerodynamic floating roof and kick up waist line to the distinctive look of boomerang lamps and the V-Motion grille, few vehicles on the road can compete with Nissan’s new look in terms of style and seductiveness.

With the debut of the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept earlier this month at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, it is clear that Nissan is aiming to put even more distance between itself and its competitors in terms of heart-stopping looks.

“Technology is evolving. So is design. At Nissan, we see design as the ultimate expression of how customer see themselves, but also an expression of the vision and values of our brand,” Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “Vmotion 2.0 previews what the future designs from Nissan will be. And it is an insightful proposition of what the future sedan could be in the coming years.”

The Vmotion 2.0 concept advances the look of V-Motion with the evolution of the V-Motion grille, which takes on a 3D shape for a more textured face. The floating roof is threaded with silver accents and a carbon fiber finisher that accentuates the aerodynamic shape, and the look of the body is pronounced by sharp character lines that run from the rear fender up to the bold vents in the front, which are part of Nissan’s “Emotional Geometry” design language.

There are enough cool aspects of the Vmotion 2.0 concept that we could go on and on—from the outward-swinging front and rear doors to the “Gliding Wing” design of the dashboard to the ProPILOT graphic user interface to the fact that the emblems on the front grille and rear diffuser glow when the vehicle is in motion.

Being that a picture is worth 1,000 words, we invite you instead to feast your eyes.

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So impressive was the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 that it won the coveted EyesOn Design Award for Best Concept Vehicle, a prize bestowed only upon the industry’s most forward-thinking concepts. Here’s hoping that Nissan makes the futuristic look of its latest concept a reality sooner rather than later!

 

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Debuts in Detroit, Coming This Spring

Fresh off of seeing the Nissan Rogue break the automaker’s all-time single-month sales record in December with 40,477 units shipped, Nissan has revealed a new offering geared toward crossover shoppers who want something just a bit smaller: the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport.

“The new Rogue Sport is a perfect addition to the red-hot Rogue lineup, which is also adding a first-ever Rogue Hybrid model for 2017,” said Michael Bunce, vice president of Product Planning for Nissan North America. “With Rogue Sport’s slightly smaller dimensions and sporty maneuverability, it’s ideal for singles or couples without kids—or empty nesters—who want a sportier vehicle and can live with a little less cargo capacity than the current Rogue offers.”

Watch: Michael Bunce Leads the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Debut

Held up to the 2017 Rogue, the Nissan Rogue Sport boasts a 2.3-inch shorter wheelbase, 12.1-inch shorter length, 0.1-inch shorter width, and 5.6-inch shorter height, all of which serves to make it easier for navigating through cities and pulling into tight parking spots. Still, the Rogue Sport is comparable to its larger sibling in terms of headroom, legroom, hip room, and shoulder room, and its max cargo area is still impressive with up to 22.9 cubic feet with the second row upright and 61.1 cubic feet with the second row folded flat.

The Rogue Sport comes standard with a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline-four mated to an Xtronic transmission, which doles out 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. The Rogue Sport will be offered with Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield tech, including Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Forward Emergency Braking.

Set to be released this spring, the Rogue Sport will be offered in S, SV, and SL trim levels. Stay tuned for more information on this hot new crossover as it is released!

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Headed to Detroit

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is just a couple weeks away. The show is always exciting with new models and concepts revealed. One of the concepts we’re most looking forward to is the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept.

Nissan recently teased a picture of the concept and from what we can see it is definitely a bold, new design. Nissan says it “offers an advanced look at a future production sports sedan” and “previews a new energetic design direction that amplifies Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan.”

CarScoops.com thinks the concept may be the same car that Nissan shared at the Nissan 360 event this past summer. The images do look remarkably similar.

The Sports Sedan Concept will be joined by the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts that debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show.

We’ll be keeping our eyes on Detroit to see what Nissan unveils.

Nissan Resonance Concept is a Glimpse of the Future Murano

The Nissan Resonance Concept debuted at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, giving a glimpse at the company’s future design direction for crossovers. The concept heralds what the next-generation Murano may look like once it comes out.

Nissan has already confirmed the successor to the big crossover’s throne will be produced in Mississippi for the first time. The Resonance has a “floating” roof and dynamic head lamp arrays. It has a more athletic appearance than the current generation. Inside, the designers came up with a cockpit aimed to convey what “the future of first-class space travel might be”.

Nissan has not said what will be under the hood of the upcoming Murano, but the Resonance boasts an all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain with a small displacement internal combustion engine and an electric motor.

For more information about the Nissan Resonance or other Nissan vehicles, visit Lewis Nissan at http://www.lewisnissan.com for more details.

 

Nissan Resonance Concept Car

picture courtesy of autoblog.com

Nissan Hi-Cross Concept: the window to the future

This week at the 2012 LA Auto Show, Nissan debuted a concept that seems to be paving the way for all future Nissan crossovers. The Nissan Hi-Cross concept is more than likely a glimpse of the design focus that Nissan will base their future set of crossover SUVs off of.

The Hi-Cross is a crossover that is made for seven, and was originally based off of the Nissan Murano. The key difference is that it no longer uses Nissan‘s V6 engine. It now features a hybrid 2.0-Liter four cylinder engine that gather extra power from an electric motor similar to that of a 2.5-Liter engine.

The outside design has a little bit of old-school and new-school. Narrow headlamps and a high body frame give it its new futuristic look, as well as the new tailored rear-tail lights. Inside is a white leather interior that is off set with a black leather dashboard. To really sell its futuristic approach the seats are based off of trapezoidal shaping.

“The Hi-Cross concept interior design is far more practical than most show car interiors, displaying a more realistic view of what crossover customers are looking for in the real world,” Nissan executive Al Castignetti said.

To see the new Nissan Hi-Cross Concept, check out this gallery.

New 2014 Nissan GT-R trim set to target Women and Older Buyers

For 2014 Nissan has planned to release the Nissan GT-R with a few new updates. These updates will include improved performance and for the first time will be getting a new “Amber Red” trim level that will be targeted towards “Women, and slightly older buyers” according to brand chief Kazutoshi Mizuno.

The new trim level is designed to be more fashionable in the attempt to attract a different buy than the car currently receives. Though right now sales are doing well. The 2013 model GT-R already has so many pre-orders that Mizuno has had to ask that the Tochigi plant where the GT-R is built increase production capacity in order to meet the demand.

Along with the new trim level, the 2014 GT-R will receive improved performance, interior quality improvements, as well as a set of safety upgrades.

Check out a video of the new GT-R and Mizuno below.

The Nissan EXTREM: a new crossover

Now don’t go getting too excited. Sadly it won’t be coming to the U.S. anytime soon if at all. But either way it is too cool of a concept to not talk about. The new Nissan EXTREM is a crossover that is being planned for launch in Sao Pualo, Brazil. This concept marks the first ever vehicle that is being created specifically for Brazil.

“Brazil is a country of great natural beauty and it has a passionate, rich culture. But this is not always reflected in the cars on its streets, especially the more affordable locally produced vehicles which tend to be conservative in design, color and specification,” said Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer.

“EXTREM, with a dynamic, high-character design, is far from conservative. It was created to appeal to the country’s growing band of city-based young professionals who are passionate about design and want to make a personal statement. The lightweight two-door 2+2, has a dynamic stance, fresh surfacing, and a clear rugged ability to tackle the urban jungle everyday,” he added.

The design is based off of the Brazilian culture and energy. The Nissan EXTREM is a new genre of vehicles under the urban compact sports car category. The EXTREM will be powered by Nissan’s direct injection 1.6 Liter DIG-T engine that is turbocharged, a similar engine to that of the Nissan Juke.

For a preview of the Nissan Extrem check out the video below.

The Nissan Juke-R: A Power Juke

It was long ago confirmed that the Nissan Juke-R, a performance ridden version of the Juke crossover would begin production. Since then little has been said about the super SUV until now. Nissan has given a sneak peak of the Juke that got its inspiration from the Nissan GT-R supercar. That being said the first of only a handful of the Nissan Juke-R that are being made is ready for delivery to someone with much more money than the average American.

The production version of the Juke-R is much more powerful than the concept that was on display earlier in the year; being given the very same 3.8 Liter twin-turbocharged V6 given to the 2013 Nissan GT-R, the Nissan Juke-R is rated at 545 horsepower. That is substantially more than the 480 horsepower that the Juke-R concept had. Equipped with this souped up engine the Nissan Juke-R has a top speed of an astounding 170 MPH and can reach 0-60 MPH in under three seconds. This is not your typical SUV.

Nissan shortly announced the pricing of the Juke-R, and it falls roughly around $521,000. Though the Nissan Juke-R will be made in Europe, if you have that kind of money, getting it shipped to the U.S is the least of your worries. For the rest of who clearly can’t purchase one of these, the Juke-R will be featured in a new game for mobile phones, and likely others, called Asphalt 7: Heat, which will be available on iPhone and Android. Check out the videos below to check out the super-SUV and let your jaw drop.

The Nissan Juke NISMO

At the 2012 Paris Motor show that took place last week Nissan its newest variant of the Nissan Juke, the Nissan Juke NISMO. With most NISMO upgrades, you normally can expect some sports upgrades such as spoilers, body kits, leather interior with NISMO stitching, and most of all a power upgrade to the engine. But with the Nissan Juke NISMO we got most of that, the thing that was most lacking was the thing we all want the most. The engine upgrade.

Don’t get discouraged, there was a slight power increase in the sporty crossover, it now gets 197 horsepower up from the original 187 horsepower and 184 Lb.-Ft. of Torque; but that’s about it. Everything else seems to be apart of the appearance makeover. The interior gets a facelift and now is garnished in plenty of black suede and red stitching of NISMO that cover much of the crossover including the new bucket seats. The exterior gets a similar appearance treatment with a rear spoiler to help with downforce, a new more “mean” front spoiler to make the car look more aggressive. Though with only 10 horsepower added its hard to believe the Nissan Juke NISMO being any more aggressive than the Nissan Leaf.

That being said here is a nice video detailing the new Juke Variant. We can expect these to hit the European market first, then Japan, ending with the U.S., maybe by the time they get here they will add a few more horsies to the Nissan Juke NISMO.

The 2013 Nissan Sentra Debuts

After a long wait, and many attempts at a spy shot, the all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra makes its debut. And though it won’t be launched until later this fall, we have the information needed to peak your interest.

The 2013 Nissan Sentra follows in the footsteps of Nissan’s larger Altima sedan, in terms of design, upgraded technology, and most of all fuel economy. The Sentra offers premium touches for a compact such as LED running lamps, 17-inche wheels, and LED taillamps. Under the hood the new Sentra has actually received a downgrade, as the engine is decreased from a 2.0-Liter inline four to a 1.8-Liter unit. But on the flip side the compact has also lost 150 lbs compared to the former model. This being said the engine produces 130 HP and 128 Lbs.-Ft. of Torque and is mated to the company’s next-generation Xtronic continuously variable transmission. Only the base 2013 Nissan Sentra S is available with a six-speed manual transmission. The new CVT means that fuel economy is vastly improved, with most of the models rated a 34 MPG. Adding the extra-efficient FE+ trim package will net you a full 40 MPG on the highway with the new CVT!

In addition to the S, S FE+, SV, SV FE+ and SL, Nissan will offer an SR trim that adds unique five-spoke 17-inch alloys, sport front and rear fascias, a sport front grille, lower body side sill extensions, fog lights, a rear spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip. Sadly, no suspension or powertrain upgrades are included with the “sporty” SR, but inside, silver trim is mixed in with unique cloth seats.

So at last the long wait is over, well to see it at least, now we just have to wait for the new 2013 Nissan Sentra to hit lots before we can get our hands on one.