Following the Nissan Resonance Concept – presented at last year’s NAIAS – and the recent Friend-ME, showcased at Auto Shanghai 2013, the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept completes the series of show cars aimed at defining the exterior and interior design direction for the next-generation Coupes, Crossovers and Sedans.
The exterior is defined by low, wide proportions, with a lowered hoodline and reduced ground clearance compared to traditional sedans.
The “V-Motion” movement of the front end flows from the chromed grille up through the hood. The front of the Sport Sedan Concept also incorporates the large LED boomerang headlights, a deeply scooped front fascia and wide, sloped windshield.
The profile of the vehicle features dynamic bodyside lines adding a strong sculptural feel and connecting the wheels and tires – which are pushed out to the four corners.
The low, dynamic stance is enhanced by the custom 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with low-profile 275/30R21 tires.
The distinctive silhouette blends smoothly into the rear design, which is capped by the high deck, large chrome trunk accent and wide, deeply scooped rear fascia. As in the front, the boomerang rear combination lights accentuate the centered feeling and push outward to edges.
“The innovative roofline, which is also prevalent on Resonance and Friend-ME, makes it seem as if there are no pillars at all, enhancing the sense of athleticism and sportiness,” said Nissan Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura..
“The roofline also contributes to the Sport Sedan Concept’s class-leading stance, which balances the look of the substantial lower body and a streamlined cabin.”
The “Strad Amber” paint was inspired by the craftsmanship and rich finish of noted classic violins – instruments capable of producing vibrant intensity at times and at other times a soft stillness.
The elaborate candy color paint finish is achieved through application of an orange- amber topcoat over a base of gold paint, creating a distinctive depth and bespoke richness.
The interior also offers cues to future production designs and is characterized by premium materials, high-contrast colors and facet metallic accents.
Among the features are the diamond-shaped graphics on the quilted seats, stitching and panels enhancing the sense of dynamic motion and a transparent center console.
Rather than traditional flat surfacing, the diamond treatment adds three-dimensionality. The edgy and geometric look was inspired by modern furniture, apparel and accessories.
Nissan’s new design language
Though targeted for specific markets and customers, Resonance, Friend-ME and now the Sport Sedan Concept share distinctive and memorable design signatures.
The strong front end is marked by Nissan’s “V-Motion” movement, which flows from the front grille through the hood to create an impressive cadence and emotional attitude. The unique boomerang-shaped lighting signature also accentuates the rear designs of each vehicle.
The “floating” roof, also featured on Resonance and the Friend-ME, gives an impressive sense of lightness and sophistication.
The thin, sculpted pillars make the cabins of each concept appear less heavy and help open the greenhouse for an airy, inviting interior environment.
Resonance, Friend-ME and Sport Sedan Concept also share an edgy muscularity, derived from their low, wide stances with tires placed far out to the corners.
The designs also utilize short front and rear overhangs, reduced ground clearances and small gaps between wheels and fenders. The resulting look imparts a sporty and athletic strength, rather than brute and aggressive force.
Inside, the trio of advanced concepts provide private-yet-connected spaces for drivers and passengers. The high tech, streamlined feel of each interior derives from a combination of magnetic detailing and use of high-contrast interior colors and materials.
“These distinctive design aspects will be applied to all future Nissan models. Nissan design will possess consistency and diversity which covers all body types, from sedan to crossovers.”
“Nissan’s design language is our brand promise – Innovation and Excitement for Everyone – rendered in metal.”
“We are continually pushing the envelope, as the Sport Sedan Concept shows. It is a car that is more emotional, more exciting and that provides a strong hint of the design direction we are taking.”