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    NAIAS: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

    NISSAN SPORT SEDAN CONCEPT MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT 2014 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
    January 13, 2014


    • Nissan provides an advanced look at a future production sports sedan
    • Offers bold and exciting sports car proportions with energetic styling, driver-oriented interior
    • Embodies next-generation Nissan design signatures, including V-Motion front aspect, distinctive "floating" roof and boomerang-shaped lamps


    DETROIT - Design has long been a differentiator between Nissan and its competitors – along with performance, innovation and technology. Now, as the company celebrates its 80th anniversary, it is doing so with the world debut of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

    The Sport Sedan Concept, a design study with a particular emphasis on next-generation design and sporty style, was created to embody the essence of a true sports sedan – that rare execution of 4-door sedan with the aura of a real sports car. It previews a future production vehicle intended for owners with a passion for cutting-edge design and driving dynamics.

    "The Sport Sedan Concept shows a new, highly emotional and energetic design direction that takes Nissan's legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan to the next level," said Nissan Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura. "The Sport Sedan Concept captures that essence with bold and exciting sports car design and proportions."

    Next-Generation Nissan Design Language

    The Sport Sedan Concept joins a trio of advanced concepts that share signature design aspects that will be adapted to all future Nissans. Along with the Nissan Resonance and Friend-ME concepts that were introduced in 2013, the Sport Sedan Concept shares the new V-Motion front aspect, "floating" roof and boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights.

    As demonstrated by the three diverse concepts, these distinctive design cues will be incorporated into a range of body types from sedans to crossovers.

    "Our new design direction mirrors the strength, power and capabilities of the engineering and innovation that serves as the foundation of every Nissan vehicle," said Nakamura. "Nissan is a brand for people seeking bold and passionate experiences, and who are willing to make choices outside of traditional boundaries. That's why Nissan is committed to breaking new ground in automotive design, as expressed in the stunning new Sport Sedan Concept."

    The exterior of the Sport Sedan Concept is marked by low, wide proportions, with a lowered hoodline and reduced ground clearance compared to traditional sedans – elements that would be right at home in a sports car.

    The "V-Motion" movement of the front end flows from the dramatic 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 is equally powerful, with its dynamic bodyside lines adding a strong sculptural feel and connecting the wheels and tires – which are pushed out to the four corners.

    There is a projection of motion, even when the vehicle is standing still. The Sport Sedan Concept rides on 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 unique "floating" roof adds a sense of openness and lightness in contrast to traditional sedans' heavy cabin appearance.
    "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 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 final exterior touch is the unique "Strad Amber" paint that 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 Sport Sedan Concept's interior also offers cues to future production designs. Premium materials are found throughout, with the use of diamond-shaped graphics on the quilted seats, stitching and panels enhancing the sense of dynamic motion. Rather than traditional flat surfacing, the diamond treatment adds three-dimensionality. The edgy and geometric look was inspired by modern furniture, apparel and accessories. The interior also features high-contrast colors and facet metallic accents. All these aspects finely express Nissan's individual authenticity and modernity.

    The front-wheel drive Sport Sedan Concept is powered by a 300-plus horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine backed by a sport-tuned Xtronic CVT® and features an innovative suspension layout with performance dampers.

    The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept was created by Nissan Design America in San Diego, California and developed at the Nissan Global Design Center in Atsugi, Japan.

    KEY DIMENSIONS

    Length 191.7 in. (4,870 mm)
    Width
    75.3 in. (1,912 mm)
    Height
    54.3 in. (1,378 mm)
    Wheelbase
    111.2 in. (2,825 mm)
    Front overhang
    39.1 in. (992 mm)
    Rear overhang
    41.5 in (1,053 mm)











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    Re: NAIAS: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

    front and back are overdone but not terrible,the side profile sucks.

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    Re: NAIAS: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

    Hello Nissan Maxima.

    Sad that it's FWD. Would have been a good opportunity to make the Maxima a true sport sedan.

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    Next Maxima is going to be a looker once they tone down that grill.
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    Re: NAIAS: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

    I like the overall shape of it and the roofline. But the side sculpturing is way overdone, as is the front along with the blunt edged hood just sort of sticking out there.

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    Re: NAIAS: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

    That C pillar (erm, if we can call it that) is beautifully executed.

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    Re: NAIAS: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

    What is this crap they must be teaching in design school currently to make the top look like it comes off???
    What is happening to the GM that grew up with for these many decades? If I could I would institute a hostile take over and kick the entire board and executives out and fill the positions with creative minds under the age of 35.

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    Nice!!
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    Re: NAIAS: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

    Looks like Nissan is eager to regain the Maxima's mojo from the late 80s/early 90s. Overdone but the watered-down production version will win people over.

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    Re: NAIAS: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

    Are they going to offer a manual trans instead of a dumb CVT?

    Anyone else see some 2011 Saab 9-5 in the side?
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    Re: NAIAS: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

    Oh, dear, someone squashed the roof of a Tesla Model S.

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    Re: NAIAS: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

    Grille - no. Headlights - no. Side profile - yes. Rear fascia - yes.
    Redo the schnoz and I think it'll be a really good looking vehicle.
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    Re: NAIAS: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

    Quote Originally Posted by F14CRAZY View Post
    Are they going to offer a manual trans instead of a dumb CVT?

    Anyone else see some 2011 Saab 9-5 in the side?
    The way that the arch from a to c pillar makes it look like the way the 9-5 roof was, kinda like a lid on the top. Otherwise, not so much.


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    Re: NAIAS: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

    The next Maxima needs to do something to justify the price bump over the altima.

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    Re: NAIAS: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

    It's sporty and aggressive. Overdone, yes, but there's a lot of potential n
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