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Nissan Xmotion concept wins EyesOn design award

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Nissan Xmotion concept wins EyesOn design award

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If you followed the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week, you already know just how much there was to see. That’s why we are still covering the show a week afterwards. One of the concepts I liked the look of was the Nissan Xmotion concept.

Concepts are a bit like Marmite. Most people either like them or hate them. I have a foot in both camps. I dislike many concepts because they are mere flights of fancy to fill space on a show floor that could otherwise be taken by real cars. Models that will never hit production and are just there to make you think the automaker in question is cool.

On the other hand, concepts from more reliable automakers can give you a real glimpse into the future. Nissan is one of those automakers and the Nissan Xmotion concept is once such glimpse.

Nissan Xmotion concept
The Nissan Xmotion concept is a crossover concept. Pronounced ‘cross-motion’ it seats 6 and can go almost anywhere thanks to high ground clearance and all-terrain tires. It is a very angular design which doesn’t usually work in a vehicle. Somehow, this design works fine.

The bulky front end is very upright and has a large bash plate underneath that curves around the bottom. A large grille with side inlets and angular lights gives that modernist appeal that I still don’t fully understand. An upright profile, rising beltline, sloping roof and low profile roof box makes it look rugged and capable while also futuristic.

A video of the Nissan Xmotion concept:


The inside looks just as modern with a very minimalist cabin full of smooth lines and digital screens. Apparently inspired by Japanese bridge design, the inside of the Nissan Xmotion concept is as intriguing as the outside. It looks comfortable despite being super modern and while pared back in the extreme, still looks like a nice place to be.

‘In the Xmotion concept, we explored the more rugged and powerful side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Bold and powerful forms and proportions are, upon closer inspection, contrasted with aspects of traditional Japanese craftsmanship expressed in a contemporary way’ said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design at Nissan.

‘The exterior's combination of western and eastern concepts continues inside the Xmotion, where advanced connectivity and autonomous technologies mix with modern Japanese digital art and cultural craftsmanship.’

Ignoring the usual designer-speak, the Nissan Xmotion concept is certainly one I would like to see hit production. 

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