Although Nissan certainly plans on plenty of celebrating this year for its 80th anniversary, it’s going to be hard to top the recent introduction of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept. The futuristic concept made its world debut recently in Detroit, at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, and represents a fresh approach to a traditional area of Nissan expertise.
In the words of Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer for Nissan: “The Sport Sedan Concept shows a new, highly emotional and energetic design direction that takes Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports-car principles to a sedan to the next level. The Sport Sedan Concept captures that essence with bold and exciting sports-car design and proportions.”
It also heralds something for drivers to celebrate, since Nissan made it clear that the concept “previews a future production vehicle intended for owners with a passion for cutting-edge design and driving dynamics.”
Also helping matters is the concept’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which sends more than 300 horsepower through a sport-tuned Xtronic CVT.
Now, it’s still too early to tell how closely that production vehicle will hew to the path set by the concept, but there are some specifics to look forward to, including:
- Nissan’s new “V-Motion” front appearance
- Premium exterior illumination with boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights
- Hidden pillars that create the look of a “floating” roof
- Upscale cabin cues like quilted seating, metallic accents and dimensional, diamond-shaped graphics
“Our new design direction mirrors the strength, power and capabilities of the engineering and innovation that serves as the foundation of every Nissan vehicle,” added Nakamura. “Nissan is a brand for people seeking bold and passionate experiences, and who are willing to make choices outside of traditional boundaries. That’s why Nissan is committed to breaking new ground in automotive design, as expressed in the stunning new Sport Sedan Concept.”