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.
Nissan has left it open for their tuning and racing counterpart Nismo to create the new 2013 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, the racecar that will take place in the FIA GT1 racing circuit. This version of the GT-R Nismo GT3 is different than its past models as it uses the same twin-turbo V6 engine found in the street legal GT-R. The difference is that this engine has been tweaked to crank out 550 horsepower and 470 Lb.-Ft. of Torque. Another large difference is the largely tweaked camshaft timing as well as the added reinforcement to moving parts to ensure durability. This new power is mated with a six-speed manual transmission that helps send all the new found power to the rear wheels.
A new aerodynamics kit has been added to help with cornering and optimizing downforce. Though the GT-R Nismo GT3 is not street legal, it can be purchased for personal use, though you would be ordering from Europe, and the European costs would be roughly 270,000 Euros, which translates roughly to $429,000. So as only few select of us will be able to make that purchase, the rest of us can bask in its glory and which videos like the one below and be in awe of the Nismo masterpiece that it is.
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.