Nissan Exec: Work Underway On Concept That May Become Production Electric Crossover

2 months ago by Mark Kane 20

While the next-generation LEAF is scheduled for its debut this September, Nissan has already tasked designers to explore new concepts, that could ultimately become production EVs.

Nissan VMotion 2.0 – yupe, there is some “new” LEAF in there

One of the upcoming models is the Vmotion 3.0 concept, that according to a Nissan exec could foreshadow an all-electric crossover, equipped with autonomous and “on-the-go” connectivity technology.

In such a set-up, the new LEAF powertrain and battery (~60 kWh) would be then natural choice for use in the CUV, which fits with Nissan’s wider corporate forecast for light trucks to make up 60% of its sales volume in North America.

New Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa has already confirmed his company will bring two new all-electric vehicles to market (besides the LEAF 2.0) over the next two years, while recently retired Nissan Chief Engineer Shiro Nakamura further stated the company has plans for a BEV sedan and a utility vehicle.

Earlier this year, Nissan unveiled the Vmotion 2.0 sedan at the NAIAS.

DETROIT (Jan. 9, 2016 – Nissan reveals the Vmotion 2.0, a new concept vehicle that signals the company’s future sedan design direction and Intelligent Mobility technology.

Nissan V Motion 2.0

Nissan’s executive design director, Mamoru Aoki, said (via Automotive News):

We are now working on 3.0 for the future direction,”

Vmotion 3.0 will be electric, Aoki said, and designers will take advantage of new body styling opportunities that an electric powertrain allows.

Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan Motor Co. global design chief, said they might experiment with such elements as flat flooring, new aerodynamic shapes and narrow low-resistance tires.

Albaisa said the new V Motion 3.0 is a blueprint for the next generation of electric vehicles.

“Why not try something new?” Albaisa said. “In the future, we’re not going to have just one EV. So we’re starting to map out what is the DNA that can go across different genres.” 

Separately, Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s executiveVP for zero emissions noted that Nissan’s next mission will be moving EV tech into crossover platforms.

“We are clearly focusing our attention on a crossover EV, because it’s our DNA,” Schillaci said. “The crossover will really embody the latest Nissan Intelligent Mobility features.”

source: Automotive News

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20 responses to "Nissan Exec: Work Underway On Concept That May Become Production Electric Crossover"

  1. Toni says:

    I did not even read the article. Let me guess – 2020…?

    1. Nada says:

      Close within the next two years…
      I for one think that is good as that is when battery prices fall further so more of the general public will buy them at a lower cost…
      And further all EV news, prototypes, and concepts are good news as it lets the general public know that EVs are here and coming so more is better…

      1. Jim says:

        The Crossover is the (or hinted) the V3 which has not even hit concept yet. Nissan is just starting to take the V2 from concept production. My guess the V3 concept will be out in 2020 and it will be 2022 or 2024 for the V3 platform that includes CUV.

    2. G2 says:

      No dates offered

      1. Raymond Ramirez says:

        If we follow GM’s example, the production EV comes after two years of the concept, so by August 2019 that Nissan concept will be in production.

  2. Pj says:

    I really liked a lot of things about this concept especially the overall design. Subtract the doors, over complicated interior, make the wheel base just a bit smaller and if they can have decent trunk room this would be enough for me. If nothing else copy the front exactly and paste it on the new leaf, with a range extender and I would buy one hands down

  3. MM says:

    Make the rear seats removable like in a RAV4 or a Mercedes wagon, have the front passenger seat fold forward like many other cars. Possibly square off the liftgate or offer a 2 piece tailgate, and viola, the present Leaf would be crossover enough for me. No vague promises from some concept car required.

  4. KevinZ says:

    By the looks of the lines, the vehicle should go undetected by police radar.

    1. Raymond Ramirez says:

      Never will happen! There can never be a “stealth” car and at a low price, either. Even a horse, which is organic, can be detected by radar!

      1. David Anderson says:

        Why would being organic have anything to do with being picked up radar. If the lines deflect the waves away or the material absorbs them does. Having a car that is radar resistant would be horrible as it’s just going to make self driving cars harder.

  5. Mark C says:

    With such an awesome design, it should sell at least as well as the Pontiac Aztek did!

  6. KEN says:

    They need to invent a way to charge while driving like an alternator hooked to the drivetrain or to the axle to make it self charging while driving….. it looks amazing….. love nissan style !!!

    1. JustWilliamPDX says:

      “They need to invent a way to charge while driving like an alternator hooked to the drivetrain or to the axle to make it self charging while driving…”

      Or maybe put wind turbines on the roof? Nope. The “perpetual motion” machine remains a myth. When it comes to physics, there is no free lunch.

      1. Raymond Ramirez says:

        Maybe the passengers will have pedals to generate the electricity!

    2. JustWilliamPDX says:

      What you are describing, in essence, is how regenerative braking works, with emphasis on “braking”.

    3. Not Ken M says:

      Nice one, Ken M!

  7. Bob Nan says:

    Sedan sales are in downtrend worldwide, and this is going to accelerate. So don’t design a electric sedan for 2020.

    Everyone accepted Model-3 because its the most affordable electric sedan with a good 215 mile range.

    1. Raymond Ramirez says:

      You may be misinformed because sedan sales globally will not drop. Not everyone needs a trucklike SUV. Making a SUV into an EV will cost too much, even for you!

  8. kubel says:

    My bet is that Ford is going to beat everyone else to the affordable 200+ mile SUV EV market. I think they will even beat Kia.

    1. William says:

      Your taking the bet, that Ford will be the first company to launch the “affordable 200+ mile SUV EV”? Probably a good idea to only wager the loose change in your pocket on Ford, if you want to have some folding “spending money”, for later on! Kia would not be my fall back “fail safe” bet either. Is $40k your SUV EV “affordable” benchmark?

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