Recently unveiled at the Detroit and Toronto auto shows, the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept, despite it's exciting silhouette, quickly slipped into automotive industry limbo. Since most of the auto shows take place over a period of a few weeks, it is difficult to keep journalists interested in a particular model for very long.
Nothing is for certain yet, but this concept could end up being the future Maxima, if it ever enters the mass production stage. Hiding under the hood of this sport sedan concept is a V6 3.5-litre engine that gets over 300 horses, mated to an Xtronic CVT, which would unquestionably place it at the top of the Nissan sedan range. The car has an innovative suspension design, with high-performance shock absorbers and 21-inch aluminum alloy wheels shod with ultra low profile 30 Series tires.
The silhouette is obviously spectacular, and it is hoped that the production model will retain many of it's attributes. As with most recent Nissan concepts, the Sport Sedan gets an aerodynamic V grille, a roof that Nissan calls "floating" as well as boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights, filled with LED lights. Even the concept's colour has been carefully chosen. This "Stradivarius Amber" was achieved by applying an amber-orange layer overtop of gold paint.
The cabin's design should influence future production models. Abandoning the traditional design, the diamond graphics are three dimensional. The materials are high quality, and contrasting colours create an impression of wealth and movement. Even the steering wheel design has been integrated with the cockpit. We do not heave details about the technologies that will be integrated into the dash, but we must admit that the centre stack looks like a tablet with all of it's touch controls. It is a beautiful concept from Nissan, and we look forward to seeing it succeed the Maxima.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca