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2019 Nissan IMq Concept

2019 Nissan IMq Concept

A look into Nissan’s future crossovers and electric cars

The Nissan IMq is a concept crossover that the Japanese firm unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.Part of a series of IM-badged concepts that also include the IMs and IMx, the IMq previews an upcoming subcompact crossover, likely the second-generation Juke, but also "signals the direction" of Nissan’s next generation of SUVs.

"Its styling reflects Nissan’s role as a pioneer and leader in crossovers, with a striking look that pushes the boundaries of what a European crossover can be," Nissan said, suggesting that the production version of the IMq will be Euro-spec only. This strengthens the scenario that it may preview a new Juke, which was replaced by the Kicks in the United States in 2018. On the other hand, it could also be a preview for the third-generation Qashqai, due in 2020. In the U.S., the Qashqai is sold as the Rogue Sport.

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2017 Nissan Micra Bose Personal Edition

2017 Nissan Micra Bose Personal Edition

A premium sound system rides with Nissan’s resident subcompact

The Nissan Micra is a good subcompact car that Nissan has relied on to compete against the likes of the Ford Fiesta and the Honda Jazz. It’s certainly made a name for itself in its segment, but the last thing you’d probably associate with the Micra is a premium sound system company like Bose. Then again, the auto industry is a business of never-ending surprises, and we were treated to one such surprise at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Nissan brought with it the Micra Bose Personal Edition, a special edition iteration of the subcompact car that was developed to celebrate the collaboration between Nissan and, you guessed it, Bose.

There is some initial surprise in seeing a car like the Micra get the full Bose treatment, but once that first reaction wears off, you’ll be happy to know that the Micra Bose Personal Edition is actually a pretty interesting offering. Sure, Bose is heavily involved, particularly when it comes to the car’s sound system, but the car isn’t just about Bose either. It also has a choice of unique paint colors and a wide range of added accessories courtesy of the car’s very own personalization program.

Yep, the Nissan Micra has its own version of Porsche Exclusive or McLaren Special Operations, relative, of course, to the quality and price point of its segment. Oh, and while we’re at it, the Micra Bose Limited Edition also has a trove of tech and standard equipment, all thanks to the fact that the whole run of limited edition models – 3,000 in total – are based on the range-topping Tekna trim.

As far as cars with personalities are concerned, the Nissan Micra Bose Personal Edition makes no bones about what makes it special. You can point to the fancy-schematic color scheme or the aforementioned menu of tech and equipment, but at the end of the day, this limited run version of the Micra is all about Bose.

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2016 Nissan X-Trail Premium Concept

2016 Nissan X-Trail Premium Concept

Designers doll-up the X-Trail for Geneva

Production cars and futuristic concepts aren’t the only things showing up for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Nissan is bringing a pair of customized crossovers that the automaker hopes will bring attention to the brand. Both the Qashqai and X-Trail examples have been remained with interesting paintwork and design cues, along with interior upgrades that bring added flair to the designs. Here, we’ll be focusing on the X-Trail.

Nissan says the X-Trail is “targeted for the ‘Premium Adventurist,’ who will be thinking of mountain adventures in the Alps or the Pyrenees.” While it’s hard to imagine the X-Trail soft-roader talking more than a dirt path, Nissan’s Global Design Center in Japan sees this as “pushing boundaries and exploring creative solutions to fulfill the broad range of the needs of the aspirational customers in Europe.”

Marketing hype aside, the X-Trail Concept does look swanky, especially with the matte gold accents, carbon fiber accent on the hood, and 20-inch wheels. The most disappointing aspect is knowing this concept will likely never see production – unless Nissan gets rave remarks at Geneva. In that case, the X-Trail could receive a similar appearance package sold in limited numbers.

For U.S. buyers, hope is completely lost. That’s because the X-Trail isn’t offered Stateside, but rather the Rouge, which granted is based on the same platform and has uncanny similarities. Secondly, Nissan’s statements about the X-Trail Concept detail how this design study was conducted with European customers in mind – something the U.S. is somewhat lacking.

Regardless of all that, let’s take a look at Nissan’s latest concept.

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2016 Nissan Qashqai Premium Concept

2016 Nissan Qashqai Premium Concept

The Nissan Qashqai goes premium and adopts a Nismo-inspired face

Introduced in 2007 on the same platform as the Nissan X-Trail and Renault Kadjar, the Nissan Qashqai has taken the mini SUV segment by storm with more than two million units sold as of 2016. A second generation arrived in 2013 with a better-looking exterior design, increased interior space, and upgraded engines, strengthening the Qashqai as a dominant force on the compact crossover market. With a significant update planned to arrive in 2017, Nissan has unveiled a Qashqai-based concept that previews the upcoming production model at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Showcased alongside the X-Trail Premium, an SUV built for the "premium adventurist thinking of mountain adventures in the Alps or the Pyrenees," the Qashqai Premium concept has been designed for the "premium urbanite." The crossover is aimed at drivers who dream of a weekend "absorbing the cultural highlights of a European destination city such as Geneva, Paris or Rome" and stands out by means of a premium appointed interior and a front fascia that’s significantly more aggressive than the standard model.

The Qashqai Premium concept was created by Nissan Design Europe (NDE) in London, and Nissan claims it has allowed the creativity of its design team to shine through this project. The brand didn’t say whether the Qashqai Premium will become a range-topping trim in the future, but the concept is equipped with the Piloted Drive 1.0 autonomous technology that will be introduced on production models starting 2017.

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2015 Nissan Sway Concept

2015 Nissan Sway Concept

Having showcased the Infiniti Q60 and the 370Z Nismo Roadster concepts at the Detroit and Chicago auto shows, respectively, Nissan joined the 2015 Geneva Motor Show with yet another study hinting at a future product. Named the Sway, the brand’s newest concept car is aimed at the compact (B-segment) hatchback market, one of Europe’s most crowded. Nissan says it benefits from the same "innovative design and product planning" that gave birth to the Qashqai and Juke, but the vehicle is far too futuristic compared to the company’s successful crossovers.

Should the Sway spawn a production hatchback in the next few years, the result will slot between the tiny Micra and the Pulsar. With the Pulsar reinvented to take on the popular Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, the Sway might just be a European competitor for the Polo and the Fiesta. Let’s have a look at what is arguably the most exciting hatchback concept car in years.

Updated 03/03/2015: Nissan unveiled the new Sway Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show - offering us a first glimpse at the company’s new hatchback.

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2015 Nissan Juke

2015 Nissan Juke

When Nissan introduced the Juke in 2011, its hip styling in a rather bland segment made it a near immediate hit. To this date, it is still the swan in a class filled to the brim with ugly ducklings. Add to that a base turbocharged engine that pumps out 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of twist that allows it to hit 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds, even with a cruddy CVT backing it up.

That was 2011 and now we are moving into the 2015 model year, so it is time for a mid-cycle refresh. And a refresh the Juke received, as Nissan unveiled the Euro-spec Juke at the Geneva Motor Show this week. Sure, a few of the engines won’t make their way to the U.S., but we did get a nice look at how Nissan added in its new design language and revised the only U.S.-bound engine: the 1.6 DIG-T.

Overall, the refresh is, well, refreshing. The Juke looks like a whole new car, despite sharing most of its sheet metal with the 2014 model. Unfortunately, the Juke’s interior is largely carried over, but the interior was never a complaint, except for cargo space, which was address with this refresh.

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2012 Nissan Hi-Cross Concept

2012 Nissan Hi-Cross Concept

Japanese automaker, Nissan, is keen on making an impression at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. While we don’t expect any supercar concepts to be shown at their booth in Geneva, we did find out that they’re bringing a couple of concept vehicles of their own, one of which, is the Hi-Cross Concept.

No details have been given on the concept crossover with Nissan opting to draw out the suspense courtesy of a teaser photo and a teaser video of the Hi-Cross. Based on what we can tell from the hazy green image - and video - the Hi-Cross Concept could very well be the eventual successor of the Nissan X-Trail.

With the tease of the Hi-Cross Concept officially underway, the total number of Geneva-bound Nissan concept vehicles comes up to two with the Hi-Cross joining the Invitation Concept, a prototype version of what could very well be a B-segment replacement for the "ancient" Nissan Note.

We’ll have more information surrounding the Hi-Cross Concept when Nissan officially pulls the covers off of it in Geneva. For now, check out the photo, watch the video, and try painting a picture in your head on what the Hi-Cross Concept is going to look like.

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2012 Nissan Invitation

2012 Nissan Invitation

Nissan will be unveiling a preview version of a new addition to the B-segment at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Invitation concept will be introduced next to the Micra city car and the Juke crossover. The production version of the Invitation will follow sometime in 2013.

The first details of the Invitation offered by Nissan state that the concept will combine "fresh style, innovation, and excitement." The concept’s sides are dominated by a distinctive character line, known internally as the "Squash Line," which adds a powerful dynamism to its profile with distinctive sculpted front and rear wings. The interior combines the latest technologies with high quality materials.

At this point, Nissan hasn’t revealed what engine will be used for the Invitation, but they have confirmed that it will offer an ultra-low CO2 emission target of under 100g/km. This tells us that we should expect to see the supercharged 1.0-litre engine already used in the Micra. However, whichever engine ends up underneath that hood, Nissan has promised class-leading levels of fuel efficiency and emissions.

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2011 Nissan Patrol Invader N40 by Invader Technologies

2011 Nissan Patrol Invader N40 by Invader Technologies

Of all the cars that are being penciled in for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, one of the most interesting has to be the Invader N40.

Unlike a lot of the tuning programs that are usually unveiled at a major show like Geneva, the Invader N40 isn’t based on a sports car or a luxury car. What it is is a Nissan Patrol, which, last we checked, isn’t exactly considered a tuning favorite.

Having said that, the Invader N40 is a different beast altogether. Built and designed by Invader Technologies, the N40 is considered the ultimate customization program for the Patrol, with about as many aerodynamic modifications as any other tuning program we’ve seen in quite some time.

The wide body kit is only the beginning of it. There’s also a restyled front end that features Invader signature LED lights to go with blackened headlights, and plenty of carbon fiber detailing added into the body panels of the SUV. On top of that, Invader also fitted the N40 with a brand-spankin’ new set of 22" forged multi-piece alloy wheels to give the SUV a far more aggressive stance and overall look.

Inside, the N40 sports plenty of other modifications, particularly the prevalent use of carbon fiber, high-grade leather, and Alcantara, three materials that you usually won’t find in a Patrol.

Invader has yet to reveal what they did under the hood of the N40, but one thing they did say was that it won’t come with the same 600-horsepower Invader supercharger that it’s previous creation, the L60, carried. It’s going to be interesting, to say the least, to see what kind of performance modifications they added to the N40 because if there’s one thing we know about these guys, it’s that they don’t hold anything back.

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2011 Nissan 370Z GT

2011 Nissan 370Z GT

While everyone’s attention at Nissan’s stand in Geneva was aimed at their new Esflow concept, the 370Z GT Edition sitting idly by almost passed by unnoticed. It’s a little unnerving, but it’s a good thing it didn’t escape altogether because it is a very cool car. The model was created as a special celebration of Nissan’s huge success in GT racing all over the world and as part of the celebration the special edition gets subtle suspension revisions, special racing strips, new wheels, and three special body color choices. The V6 engine remains unchanged.

"The 370Z is an iconic sports car and the GT Edition underlines its appeal to enthusiasts everywhere," said Pierre Loing, Vice President Product Planning, Nissan International SA. "The combination of outstanding performance and the dramatic looks of this very special 370Z more than lives up to the heritage of its illustrious forebear while its strong links to the race track shows its true pedigree."

UPDATE 05/18/2011: The Nissan 370Z GT will be going on sale in the UK on June 1, 2011, for a starting price of £35,000 - or about $57,000 at the current exchange rates. The model will be distinguished by three special body color choices, side stripes, and darkened 19” alloy wheels.

UPDATE 06/07/11: Auto Express has come out with a review for the Nissan 370Z GT. We don’t want to spoil anything because we want those guys to let you in on what they think themselves. Check out the video after the jump.

UPDATE 11/21/11: The Nissan 370Z GT Edition is dropping in the Spanish market courtesy of Nissan Motor Iberica. Interested customers might need to keep their Christmas bonuses on their pockets because the car will carry a pretty hefty price tag of €47,400 ($63,700) for the Black Pearl version and €49,850 ($67,000) for the Black Rose version.

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2011 Nissan Esflow

2011 Nissan Esflow

In the midst of all the debuts coming out of the Geneva Auto Show, Nissan has decided this would be a perfect opportunity to reveal the Esflow, their new electric concept. However, this isn’t just any old electric car like the Leaf. No, this is an electric sports car that will carry the setup of Nissan’s other electric with a RWD setup and a more stylish exterior.

The new Esflow concept is powered by two electric motors that are charged by laminated lithium-ion batteries. Each motor is designated to its own rear wheel, taking the Esflow from 0 to 60mph in around 5 seconds with an autonomy of 240kms (150 miles) on one charge.

The concept is said to take its color inspiration from glaciers with its highly reflective solidified liquid with blue tints. The hood of the car is stretched to capacity for a longer and sleeker look while the steeply raked, wrap around windscreen adds a touch of finesse to the vehicle.

We can’t imagine seeing this concept hit the production line, but it will be interesting to see what Nissan can get out of something like this in the future.

UPDATE 03/01/11: This review has been updated with the Esflow’s full specs, as well as new images.

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2011 Nissan Micra DIG S

2011 Nissan Micra DIG S

The 2011 Geneva Motor Show is turning into a regular environmental fair - with the exception of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 of course - and now Nissan is joining the bunch with a special Micra model. The new Micra DIG S will be powered by a petrol engine, but that engine will only produce 95g/km of CO2. Sales will begin Summer 2011.

The new Micra DIG S is powered by a 1.5 liter four-cylinder Direct Injection Gasoline-Supercharger engine that delivers a total of 98 HP and 142Nm of torque, while emitting only 95g/km for the manual version and 115 g/km for the CVT version. The car can hit a top speed of 112mph when coupled with a manual gearbox. The DIG-S uses the Miller cycle and direct petrol injection to raise the compression ratio to 13 to one for greater combustion efficiency and a supercharger for instant throttle response and added power.

"Ultra low emissions with no compromise when it comes to drivability means the Micra DIG-S sets new standards for the current generation of city cars. No other petrol-powered compact hatchback can beat its overall efficiency... and it is more than a match for an equivalent diesel. We have been able to achieve this ultra low CO2 figure in a cost effective package and without the complication of particulate filters needed to clean up diesel engine emissions and which are not entirely compatible with a car that spends much of its life in the city."

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2011 Nissan Juke

2011 Nissan Juke

The Japanese automaker Nissan has revealed the first official details on it’s latest crossover, the Juke, a CUV that will be coming to America this fall, before the car’s official debut in March at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. With an almost identical design to the Qazana concept, the new Juke was designed to "inject some masculinity and dynamism into the small car market" with its chunky wheels, wide tires, extended ground clearance and robust stance. Meanwhile the interior features a center console that was inspired by a motorcycle’s gas tank.

The European market will get three engine choices: one diesel and two 1.6 Liter gas burning units. The most powerful will be the new turbocharged MR16DDT complete with technologies like direct injection to deliver a total of 190 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque. Then there is a 16 valve naturally aspirated unit that produces a more economical 117 HP, while the 1.5 Liter dCi common rail diesel cranking out 110 HP takes over duties for the alternatively fueled crowd.

The new Juke will be offered in Visia, Acenta and Tekna trim levels, with a total of nine color choices for the exterior, including two shades of white, both solid and pearl, and three other hues unique to the Juke: Force Red, Haptic Blue and Machine Brown. One thing is for certain the new Juke will definitely turn the small CUV market on its head.

Updated 08/11/2010: Nissan today announced prices for the 2011 Juke crossover. The car will go on sale in October and will be priced at $18,960 USD. The 2011 Juke is available in eight models, each powered by a standard 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline Turbo engine rated at 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Hit the jump to see prices for each of them.

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2010 Nissan Micra

2010 Nissan Micra

Nissan unveiled today the fourth generation Micra at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Micra is built on Nissan’s all-new V-platform, and will go on sale in Thailand in March and European sales will begin in November this year.

For the European market the new Micra will be offered with a choice of two engines: both are variations on Nissan’s all-new naturally aspirated HR12 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine. Both of them are mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or Nissan’s all-new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

The new Micra will be offered with a new ‘parking space measurement’ (PSM) device with three skill levels (amateur, normal and expert), an Intelligent Key, Nissan Connect, Nissan’s accessible touch-screen combined audio and satellite navigation system, glass roof, automatic wipers, speed sensitive volume on the audio, a push button start-stop system in addition to a drive computer which supplies drivers with real time fuel economy information, cruising range and outside temperature.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Nissan Navara

2011 Nissan Navara

The Nissan Pathfinder won’t be the only one representing Nissan in the Geneva Motor Show.

Joining the Pathfinder as the second model to be revealed by Nissan at the Geneva Motor Show will be a facelift version for the Navara pick-up.

Similar to the Pathfinder, the Navara will receive exterior changes, improved engines and an enhanced interior quality. Sales will begin this April.

As with the SUV, the 2011 Navara will also come with at least two engine variants including a new 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine with an output of 230 hp and 550 NM of torque and a 2.5 dCi four cylinder engine with an amount of 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque.

As for exterior changes and modifications are concerned, the Navara will now come with a new bonnet, a revised grille and bumper assembly, a new headlamp design with distinctive projector styling and a new set of 16-inch (steel and alloy) and 17-inch (alloy) wheels. The interior modifications include revised door trims, new seat fabric, the addition of chrome highlights, revised dials and, depending on the model, the availability of Nissan Connect Premium with a new high resolution touch screen.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Nissan Pathfinder

2011 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show a facelift version for the Pathfinder SUV. Among the changes that’s rumored to come with the new Pathfinder include a number of styling modifications, new engines, new equipment line-up and an enhanced interior quality. Sales in Europe will begin this April.

The biggest news surrounding the face-lifted Pathfinder is that it will come with multiple engine variants, including a new 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine with an output of 230 hp and 550 NM of torque and a 2.5 dCi four cylinder engine with an amount of 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque.

The exterior changes include a new bonnet, a revised grille and a new bumper assembly, new headlamp design with distinctive projector styling and new 16-inch (steel and alloy) and 17-inch (alloy) wheels.

The interior modifications include revised door trims, new seat fabric, the addition of chrome highlights, revised dials and - depending on the model - the availability of Nissan Connect Premium with a new high-resolution touch screen.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Nissan Qazana

2009 Nissan Qazana

An AWD crossover with a motorcycle-inspired interior; this is how Qazana can be resume in just a few words. According to NIssan, Qazana is not just a concept car, it is also study into how a small car of the future could look.

At a first look Qazana is a two-door coupe, it also has a further pair of rear-hinged half doors to ease access to the rear compartment. One notable feature of the roof-line is the virtually straight cant rail above the doors which adds further to the strength of the profile. The roof itself has a pair of thin glass inserts running the full length of the roof which allow slithers of natural light into the cabin.

The front is dominated by four headlamps. Two lower circular lamps set within the bumper contrast with a pair of daylight running strips mounted high on the wings on either side of the bonnet: the look is of a rally car preparing for a night stage.

The shape of the center console and armrest has been inspired by the fuel tank and seat of a sports motorcycle. The dashboard is dominated by a centrally mounted screen. As well as doubling as a navigation display, it will deliver vital information relating to Nissan’s next generation fully electronic ALL MODE four-wheel drive with torque vectoring system and other advanced technical processes found on board, including integrated communications systems.

Press release after the jump.

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2007 Nissan X-Trail

2007 Nissan X-Trail

Owners liked the original X-TRAIL. So, nissan listened to them to understand how the all new X-TRAIL could build on the success of the original. That’s why the all-new X-TRAIL has a familiar look and similarly broad range of abilities. But is better and with added "X-TRAILness".
At a glance
All-new chassis and body design Four engine choices, including: Two new powerful DPF-equipped diesels, with.....automatic diesel option for the first time Genuine off-road (...)

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2006 Nissan Terranaut

2006 Nissan Terranaut

The Geneva Motor Show represents the world premiere of the Nissan Terranaut, a 4x4 vehicle which is intended for explorers and those customers with a spirit of adventure who want to travel to the extreme corners of the globe. While, at the other extreme is the Pivo battery-powered city car, first seen at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2005, which has been designed to serve customers who want freedom and mobility in the busiest of urban environments.

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