Geneva Motor Show 2012- Nissan Unveils HI-CROSS Crossover Concept– Is It The New X-Trail?

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Most of the global manufacturers are ready to showcase their new production ready and concept cars at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show and why shouldn’t they as it is a great platform. Nissan, the manufacturer of Nissan Micra and Nissan Sunny, is all set to unveil a new product at the show and lately it released a teaser of the same.

Called as the Nissan Hi-Cross Concept, this concept crossover is designed for a new D-Segment and is supposed to be replacing Nissan X-Trail. The new SUV’s idea is said to have come from the extremely successful cars like Nissan Juke and Nissan Qashqai.

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Nissan Hi-Corss Hybrid has a an electric motor – powered by a Nissan-developed compact lithium-ion battery – with a 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engine to provide the performance potential of a 2.5-litre with the economy and emissions expected from a much smaller unit. For the concept, the HEV drivetrain is based on new technology developed by Nissan for front-wheel drive models, but modified to provide four-wheel drive. The new system’s innovative approach to affordability and packaging adopts ‘one-motor, two clutch’ technology linked to Nissan’s new generation XTRONIC continuously variable transmission which by itself achieves a 10 per cent improvement in fuel economy over comparable previous generation CVTs. The low friction design has smaller shaft-diameter pulleys with a new belt to give the widest possible ratio coverage for enhanced efficiency.

The hybrid drivetrain makes extensive use of battery technology developed for the award-winning Nissan LEAF. The high output, fast-charging compact lithium-ion battery, linked to high-level motor control technology, provides acceleration assist when needed and permits downsizing of the petrol engine for optimum economy and emissions. In city driving, the presence of the electric motor and lithium-ion battery allow the engine to be turned off frequently. It can also be disengaged completely with the clutch, and energy can be recovered effectively when braking.

Built on an extensively revised version of Nissan Hi-Cross Concept sits on a 2780mm wheelbase. It is 4660mm long, 1850mm wide and 1670mm tall, with 21-in. alloy wheels. The styling combines existing Nissan design cues with new elements, at the front it has a characteristic V-shaped grille set off by distinctive lighting signatures provided by stylish new headlamps.

Beside these two, Nissan showcases two more concept cars. Other models to be showcased are obviously well known to us, like Nissan GT-R sports car, Nissan Leaf hybrid, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Navara, Juke, Qashqai, Pixo city car and Micra supermini. We are sure Nissan will get the desired attention at the show and also hope that soon the manufacturer brings some of these models to our market.

Nissan Hi-Cross Concept Official Images Gallery

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Nissan Hi-Cross Concept/X-Trail Replacement Teaser Video

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Maruti Suzuki India also showcased a concept Compact SUV in India at the Auto Expo 2012 called the Maruti XA-Alpha which is an under 4 meter compact designed to take advantage of the Indian small car excise bracket and make a competitive production car when it rolls out on roads around 2014. It will be interesting to see how things shape up in the near future.

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