- Nissan announced a massive $US17.7 ($AU25) billion push into electric vehicles over the next several years.
- The company aims to launch 15 new all-electric vehicles by 2030.
- It showed off four design concepts that give an idea of what it’s planning.
Nissan announced a massive $US17.7 ($AU25) billion push into electric vehicles and unveiled four concept cars that preview what it might have in store over the next decade.
The Chill-Out concept SUV seems to be the one closest to an actual vehicle you can buy.
The crossover’s shape looks a lot like the Ariya, Nissan’s $US47,000 ($AU65,640) electric SUV that hits the US in 2022.
Still, there are some more out-there elements. Like the “Tron”-style lighting stripes out back.
Or the full-glass roof.
Inside, the Chill-Out SUV is incredibly sparse.
It’s supposedly comfy and spacious enough to kick back and watch a movie.
This theme of tons of interior space extends to the Hang-Out concept, another SUV.
With a completely flat floor, swiveling seats, and a tall roof, the Hang-Out is supposed to be “an extension of personal space” where people can spend time and work on the move.
Nissan teased a feature that turns the Hang-Out into a little movie room.
The boxy concept clearly takes some inspiration from the Nissan Cube, the toaster-shaped SUV Nissan briefly sold in the US.
Then there’s the Surf-Out pickup, probably the most exciting of the bunch.
It’s a two-seater that Nissan says will be built to go off-road.
The Surf-Out concept rejects the notion that all pickups need to be giant and angry-looking. This one’s tiny and cute.
The seats are open to the bed, which is a neat idea. There’s of course the problem of sand and muck drifting toward the driver. But this is only a concept.
It has what looks like an LED screen on the tailgate, so you can send messages and emoticons to drivers around you. Surely people won’t abuse this function in any way.
Nissan also showed off a version with a slick-looking camper shell.
Two big trends in the pickup market are that they’re getting smaller and going electric. This Nissan blends both of those ideas in a very cool way.
The Max-Out feels like the concept that’s least likely to see the light of day.
The low-slung convertible focuses on driving performance and handling.
There’s a good chance none of these concepts ever become actual cars you can buy. But even as design exercises to stare at they’re pretty great. And if one makes it to production in some form — even better.
We’re hoping for the pickup.