The concept previews future styling and technology for the automaker

Lately, Nissan’s autonomous vehicle efforts have focused primarily on the brand’s ProPilot technology, with hints that future iterations of popular models (such as the Qashqai and Leaf) could be instilled with self-driving features. Now, it looks like we’re getting better insight into what Nissan has planned with the Vmotion 2.0 concept car, which was just revealed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The striking, sporty-looking four-door not only previews future tech, but it also gives us a glimpse at Nissan’s next-gen styling language. All told, the Vmotion 2.0 is an attractive, luxurious, spacious sedan designed to meet the demands of hard-working business types, all while giving a nod to Nissan’s styling and technological future.

In Nissan’s own words, the Vmotion 2.0 “combines a high sense of style, emotional design, roominess, comfort and technology to make the mobility experience seamless for busy professionals constantly on the go.”

Of course, with a name like Vmotion 2.0, you gotta ask – where’s Vmotion 1.0? To answer that, we gotta look back to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, when Nissan brought us the Sport Sedan Concept. That car helped usher in the V-motion language we know today, characterized by a prominent v-shaped chrome band across the nose. V-motion can be seen across the current Nissan model lineup, with this newest concept pointing towards the language’s next evolution.

Starting in front, we find the chrome band has grown, extending down close to the pavement and stretching further from side to side in a prominent, 3D shape. These lines set the tone for more hard angles and cuts in the side intakes, which are repeated in the flanks with arrow-like creases. There are wraparound rear windows, a floating C-pillar, and a floating roof, while in back are “boomerang” taillights that add visual width. Nissan says the looks is meant to emphasize aerodynamic efficiency using something called “Emotional Geometry” design language.

Ingress and egress is aided by wide-swinging rear suicide doors, which in conjunction with the lack of a center pillar, adds to the car’s sense of cabin space. Complementing this is an extended wheelbase and lots of horizontal surfaces. Comfort is upped thanks to leather upholstery with thread-less quilting on the inserts.

There’s a few more interesting tidbits on the Vmotion 2.0 worth checking out, so read on.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan Vmotion 2.0.

New Look, New Tech, More Comfort

Styling

At first blush, the Vmotion 2.0 looks very much like a concept car that’ll never hit production. It’s too angular, too aggressive, and too loud for general consumption. It’s a look that’s supposed to get people’s attention, but not necessarily their money, right?

So it would seem. But Nissan has been busy updating its styling the last few years, and V-motion seems to be doing some good things overall. Just look at the latest Maxima – the border between the Vmotion 2.0 and the present-day Maxima actually appear a bit hazy when you drill down to it.

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Note: Nissan Vmotion 2.0 pictured on the left, 2017 Nissan Maxima pictured on the right.

How much of the Vmotion 2.0’s styling will make it to dealers remains to be seen, but if I were to guess, I’d say a good portion of the look will indeed hit production.

Also of note is the paint job, which uses a silver overlay with copper undertones, offering a variable hue when viewed at different angles. Carbon fiber finishes it off.

Technology

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Nissan says it’s seeking to introduce something called “Intelligent Mobility,” which is PR speak for a lineup that can boast zero emissions and zero fatalities. And while the brand didn’t reveal anything concrete on the Vmotion 2.0, the concept does come with lighting around the Nissan badge and rear diffuser that’ll glow different colors to indicate the car’s current drive mode, whether it’s human- or robot-controlled. And that’s useful if you’re a pedestrian in a city full of autonomous and semi-autonomous cars.

Comfort

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Inside we find something called a Gliding Wing Design, which integrates the instrument panel and infotainment screen into one seamless dash-mounted display. In back, passengers get a smaller display, but it mirrors the information and function of the main dash display for control no matter where you’re sitting. The steering wheel is more like a steering square, a design that Nissan says helps to keep the display visible.

Materials used include Zebra wood in the floor and door panels. There’s also Bose Ultra Nearfield Speaker technology for infotainment, which apparently adds “situational” awareness” for the driver by limiting sounds headed to him or her to only those needed for operation of the vehicle.

Conclusion

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That’s it for now, but stay tuned for our full written review!

Overall length (Inches) 191.3
Overall width (without door mirrors) (Inches) 74.4
Overall height (Inches) 54.3
Wheelbase (Inches) 112.2

Press Release

Nissan today revealed Vmotion 2.0, a new concept vehicle that signals the company’s future sedan design direction and Intelligent Mobility technology. It combines a high sense of style, emotional design, roominess, comfort and technology to make the mobility experience seamless for busy professionals constantly on the go. The vehicle was revealed during a press conference at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

Nissan Vmotion 2.0 is the evolution of the “V-motion” front design signature seen on many of today’s Nissan products, such as the Murano mid-size crossover and Maxima 4-door sports car. Vmotion 2.0 takes the design a step further by forming an intelligent three-dimensional shape to create the volume and architecture of the vehicle. In this concept, the V-motion grille becomes the main fuselage, allowing for extremely sharp yet expressive surface language, accented by crisp character lines that resonate throughout the body.

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Providing hints at the future of “Nissan Intelligent Mobility” – Nissan’s roadmap to achieve zero emissions and zero fatalities – the lighting around the front Nissan emblem glows to indicate when the vehicle is in ProPILOT mode, which is envisioned to provide autonomous driving support technology on urban roads and at intersections. Wrap-around rear glass and the floating C-pillar also provide an impression of intelligent and efficient aerodynamics.

The car’s silhouette is characterized by a “floating roof,” with a line flowing seamlessly from the steeply-raked A-pillars to the trunk lip. A unique carbon finisher with thin silver threads accents the roof line. An extended wheelbase shows off the car’s generous cabin, while the distinctive body surface is defined by Nissan’s “Emotional Geometry” design language.

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The rear of the vehicle exudes class and strength. The signature boomerang-style taillights emphasize the width of the vehicle. Similar to the grille, the rear diffuser glows when the car operates in ProPILOT mode. The dynamic high-tension body is crafted in a warm silver paint with copper undertones. With a layered effect for the paint finish, a glimpse of the body at different angles reveals a subtle but different hue.

“Copper is an emerging color trend in many industries, including fashion, product design and interior design. We wanted to introduce shades and hints of copper while mixing it with other metals such as satin silver and chrome,” said Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

The front and rear doors swing outward, creating a large pillar-less open space that invites stepping into Nissan Vmotion 2.0’s spacious cabin. The dashboard continues the “Gliding Wing” design theme, which integrates the instrument panel and infotainment system for both the driver and passenger. The single continuous horizontal display integrates the ProPILOT graphic user interface (GUI). For rear-seat passengers, the center console features a smaller screen, which can serve as an extension of the main display.

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Seats are comfortable and supportive, upholstered in supple leather with a unique threadless quilting on the inserts that gives the look of an exquisite handbag. The steering wheel is designed to allow the driver and passenger to clearly see all the display infotainment without any interruption, enhancing a seamless GUI experience. Thanks to its unique design, the cabin provides the driver and passenger supreme comfort when the car is in ProPILOT mode. The center console’s simple layout includes a multi-functional touchpad to operate the infotainment system. The surface materials throughout the interior convey luxury and sophistication, including natural Zebra Wood applied on the floor and on the inner doors.

The innovative Bose UltraNearfield™ Speakers including new sound management technology is available for Vmotion2.0. This technology increases situational awareness for drivers. It can control the direction and distance of sound to generate a 360-degree sound field around a driver, delivering different sounds clearly and simultaneously.

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Nissan Vmotion 2.0 features Nissan Intelligent Driving, one of three core elements of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Nissan Intelligent Driving helps provide a safe and comfortable driving experience through technology such as ProPILOT, which is envisioned to ultimately allow the vehicle to drive in autonomous mode – not just on the highway and in heavy traffic conditions – but also on urban roads with

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