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Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept previews future design direction

January 13, 2017

Nissan has made a bold statement at the Detroit auto show, unveiling the Vmotion 2.0 concept; a possible sign of exciting things to come from the Japanese manufacturer.

While, at this stage at least, the Vmotion 2.0 is little more than a concept car, Nissan says it serves as a precursor for future design language from Nissan, while showcasing new technologies from the brand, like the ‘Nissan Intelligent Mobility’ feature which is the brand’s first foray into autonomous driving tech.

Dimensions are as follows: 4860mm long, 1890mm wide, 1380mm high, and it has an extremely spacious 2850mm wheelbase. Styling, as you can no-doubt tell, has been inspired by an angular approach, looking as though it’s been inspired by a collection of Katana blades. Nissan says the Vmotion 2.0 takes design inspiration from existing products like the Murano and Maxima, and takes the ‘V-motion’ front end a step further.

The concept unveiled at the show was finished in a warm silver paint finish, with copper undertones. Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer at Nissan Motor Co, said:

“Copper is an emerging colour trend in many industries, including fashion, product design and interior design. We wanted to introduce shades and hints of copper while mixing it with other metals such as satin silver and chrome.”

Around the body, there’s wrap-around glass on nearly every corner, a floating C-pillar and impressive floating roof design to emphasis the Vmotion 2.0’s futuristic theme, which has been underpinned by the teasing of Nissan’s upcoming intelligent mobility capabilities.

Nissan says its intelligent mobility is aiming for the future, with zero emissions and zero fatalities. Nissan calls its autonomous driving technology ProPILOT mode, which will illuminate the front and rear badges to inform passers-by the system is engaged.

While there is no real confirmation Nissan’s system of where in the research and development phase the ProPILOT system is, Nissan confirmed it “is envisioned to provide autonomous driving support technology”. In a statement, Nissan said:

“Nissan intelligent driving helps provide a safe and comfortable driving experience through technology such as ProPILOT, which is envisioned to ultimately allow the vehicle to drive in autonomous mode – not just on the highway and in heavy traffic conditions, but also on urban roads and intersections.”

At the unveiling, Nissan placed more emphasis on the styling and technical capabilities of the Vmotion 2.0, so sadly, we’ve got no powertrain details to report at this stage.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.