A concept that looks like something that can be rolled out tomorrow
The Vmotion 2.0 is what a car from the future looks like.
I t’s no secret Nissan has been on a roll the past few years. This may not be as evident in the local market, but everywhere else in the world? Nissan-Renault alliance has consistently ranked as the fourth largest carmaker with over 5.5 million units sold, with more than 50% of that coming from Nissan alone. Much of this success lies in the newer models that offer dramatically better style, performance, comfort and utility over their rivals in various vehicle classes.
With Nissan’s large—and still growing— consumer base, it’s no wonder the marque is investing heavily on concept studies to gauge market reaction to possible future models and style themes. Here, the V motion 2.0 takes the V motion design language, currently worn by many of the vehicles that have contributed to the brand’s growth, to the next level of evolution.
Revealed at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, the new concept builds upon the signature look of the Murano crossover and the Maxima sports sedan to push the boundaries of automotive design. It does this by making “an intelligent three-dimensional shape to create the volume and architecture of the vehicle.” The V motion grille becomes a large centerpiece, with everything else styled to complement the theme. It is not all for the sake of show, however; the vents on either side of the fascia look like air intakes meant to aid in cooling the generously sized Brembo brakes behind the in-your-face-but-not-for-production-spec alloys.
Above the vents are LED-like lighting elements that integrate with the bodywork cleanly to become part of the muscular fender bulges. The top edge of the headlamps also continue rearward to form distinct character lines that draw attention to the flanks. A few more character lines are chiseled on the sides, creating a powerful, always-in-motion impression. An interesting detail that bears mentioning is what seems to be exit vents incorporated into the character line, just behind and above the leading and bottom edge of the lower line. The slant of the lower body detail also
mimics those on the lower leading edge of the front inlets, suggesting working aerodynamics instead of purely styling elements.
The greenhouse, too, continues to push forward the floating roof element, evolving to a continuous A-pillar-to-C-pillar arch instead of the traditional three-pillar arrangement. The arch allows for what looks to be an expansive panoramic glass roof that ends with the trunk’s leading edge; the roof supported by a center spine situated parallel to and above the interior’s center console, which runs from the dashboard to the rear passenger seats.
A standout design element is the center-pillarless door arrangement with rear suicide doors. This opens up the entire side of the vehicle to afford ultimate accessibility to the beautifully crafted interior. The sculpted seats boast finishes and design elements that belong more in an art gallery than in a car. The sides of the headrests exhibit a pinhole pattern; these are actually part of the Bose Ultra Nearfield speaker system that generates an immersive 360-degree sound arena around the driver.
In the cockpit, a steering wheel with an abbreviated top permits an unobstructed view of the single-piece widescreen display that spans almost two-thirds of the bi-level dashboard. Every bit of information can be displayed on this ‘Gliding Wing’ screen, and may be accessed via both the center-console control knobs and the touch surfaces that are within easy reach of both driver and passenger. A smaller screen slides along the rear part of the spine to share information and controls to rear passengers.
The zebrawood finish on the door panels are particularly commendable; it’s so wellexecuted and would be a welcome feature in the production version. The hybrid half-carpet, half wood floor—not entirely pratical but certainly stylish—bears a simular pattern.
Featuring the Nissan Intelligent Mobility system designed to achieve zero emissions and zero fatalities, the V motion 2.0 is equipped with Pro Pilot driving-support technology. While not fully autonomous, it does allow for reduced fatigue, indicates that the driverless mode is active to other road users by illuminating the front grille as well as a similar element in the rear lower-diffuser outlet.
The V motion 2.0, while still a concept, showcases numerous technologies that are already seen on many production Nissans. The autonomous-driving electric sports-sedan market may just become a bit more crowded.
‘The V motion 2.0 takes the notable design language to the next level of evolution’
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This little screen slides along the spine. What a neat trick!