Debuting space-age concept car designs is a time-honored auto show tradition that lets automakers test out their most innovative, forward-thinking ideas. Sadly, the inventive designs and exciting tech specs rarely make it onto the road. Now Nissan’s breaking the mold with its award-winning "Best Concept Vehicle," the Vmotion 2.0, a sharp and sexy sedan designed to be driven around town by actual people. With this concept, the automaker’s message is clear: boring family cars and Transformers are out, and stylish real world design is in.
For the Vmotion 2.0, Nissan built a connected and comfortable ride that looks futuristic but acts like it’s ready for road integration in the next few years. The focus was clearly on giving us a balance of the shiny, sporty exterior we crave plus the dependable interior and performance expected of a cutting-edge sedan. With this design, the automaker is also hinting heavily at its plans to work autonomous features into future sedan models. Here’s a look at Nissan’s swanky new ride:
Fans of the popular Altima will notice similarities to the Vmotion 2.0, although the concept car is a bit wider, has a longer wheel base, and comes with some pretty sweet suicide doors at the back. Designers kept the brand’s signature “V-motion” front grille but swept it up across the hood to become the main fuselage, says Nissan, while the windshield flows upward to become a transparent floating roof. Another cool feature appears when the car is in ProPILOT autonomous mode: the emblem and rear diffuser glow with a purple light to warn pedestrians and other drivers that the computer is in control. This is a clear effort to conceptualize how driverless technology could exist in the near future, and we can expect to see something similar in upcoming autonomous production models. As part of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility plan, ProPILOT is designed to work in cities, at intersections, and on highways, says Autoblog.
Inside, the Vmotion 2.0 gives us space to stretch out, luxury finishes, and some truly gorgeous screens. The thoughtful design reflects Nissan’s plan for upcoming sedans to be “futuristic, dynamic, and more cabin-focused.” As potential passengers, we’re loving the decadent leather seats that form part of the Bose stereo system and the snazzy wood floor and door panel accents. Then there’s the panoramic display screen that sweeps across the dashboard as a cool information and connected feature. According to Nissan, it integrates the ProPILOT graphic user interface and makes it easy for both the driver and front passenger to monitor the car’s systems and keep an eye on things when it’s driving in autonomous mode. There’s also a touch screen between the two front seats and a screen in the rear center console to keep all passengers connected during the ride.
Overall, Nissan’s Vmotion 2.0 gives the impression of a futuristic-looking car with a distinctly down-to-earth design. Even as SUVs grow in popularity and sedans continue to drop off the radar, Nissan has clearly hedged its bets on revamping its top-selling Altima for “tomorrow’s busy professionals.” In today’s climate, this is probably a smart move. As manufacturers continue to compete over impressive tech specs, we expect that a truly well-designed driving experience will become the major differentiating factor for consumers.