Nis­san’s evo­lu­tion

A con­cept that looks like some­thing that can be rolled out to­mor­row

Top Gear (Philippines) - - Contents - WORDS BY FERMAN LAO

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!

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