Nissan Xmotion concept vehicle unveiled in Detroit with seven new touchscreen displays

The Nissan Xmotion Concept is on display at the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center, downtown Detroit. At the rear, it's Japanese woodwork and puzzles - or kumiko - which have inspired the taillamps, which are in fact holograms to give their illusion of physical structure. The interior is bisected by a single, light-colored console; this is one of the elements inspired by traditional crafts, in this case Japanese wood joinery techniques.

"The Xmotion Concept is a study in how seemingly disparate elements can gain power and strength through coexistence", said Alfonso Albaisa, the Cuban-born stylist who a year ago was named global design chief for the Japanese automaker.

Dubbed the XMotion, the concept falls between Nissan's production Rogue and Rogue Sport CUVs in overall length, but has a ruggedness that suggests this may preclude not a new CUV but an SUV.

The cabin continues the adopted styling, offering space for six persons on three rows of two seats each, while a floating console is running through the center of the cabin. Nissan says the koi connects you with the auto most effectively. Hmm.

Apparently not, according to Nissan. Traditional kigumi wood underpins the dashboard and makes its way to the rear, looking like a piece of modern art.

With Toyota's 4Runner seeing a sales surge, the Wrangler continuing to top sales for Jeep, and Ford bringing back the Bronco, perhaps the time is nigh for Nissan to explore the great outdoors once again. The same techniques were even used for the headrests. Three main displays and left and right end displays span the width of the instrument panel.

However, Nissan has taken this another step further - drivers will also be able to control the system with eye movements.

When it comes down to unlocking the door, drivers are required to use a fingerprint reader instead of a key fob.

Nissan has also envisaged the Xmotion to be fully autonomous so that passengers can take full advantage of its Koi digital concierge which can provide the user with information of nearby attractions and facilities.

"The vehicle has a beautifully unique graphic user interface, or GUI, that's designed for the human in all of us - presenting a novel spatial world with digital precision", said Albaisa. "It is created to make your life easier and the journey and more exciting and enjoyable".

As for its drivetrain, Nissan isn't saying much beyond hinting that the concept is equipped with its Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system. As handsome as it is, a Japanese landscape would never be complete without technology.

  • Stacy Allen