Geneva Motor Show: Nissan Hi-Cross Hybrid Concept Previews a New Nissan Crossover

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Nissan has unveiled a new concept car, The Hi-Cross Concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show that shows off a possible new design direction for Nissan’s future crossover lineup.

The Hi-Cross Concept was created in Japan and is a possible new crossover that could expand Nissan’s lineup. According to Nissan, the concept is compact yet surprisingly roomy and elegant yet purposeful. The concept also previews a possible hybrid crossover from Nissan with its 2.0L direct-injection gas engine mated to an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. The hybrid system in the Hi-Cross concept is based on the same technology that Nissan has developed for its front-wheel-drive models, but modified to provide four-wheel drive. Nissan claims that the system has the power of a larger 2.5L engine, but with much better fuel economy and emissions.

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“Nissan created the crossover segment with Murano and has expanded the genre with top selling cars like Qashqai and Juke. Hi-Cross Concept shows we are not sitting still, resting on our laurels, but exploring ways of cementing our crossover leadership by exploring new ideas,” stated Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.

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The seven-passenger concept also combines existing Nissan styling cues with new elements like a bold character line which extends from the bonnet down the flanks of the car to the D-pillar. Inside, the cockpit is dominated by a new T-wing shaped dashboard.

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François Bancon, Deputy Division General Manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning Division , said: “Although this is purely a concept car, exploring potential ideas for the future, there is no ambiguity about its purpose. It is a high-riding crossover, hence its name: Hi-Cross Concept.

“But the name does more than refer to its shape. The ‘Hi’ refers equally to the idea of extended value, to the levels of innovation found in the drivetrain and, of course, to the excitement promised from the behind the wheel.”

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