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Nissan tunes into MPV market

2004-09-29 06:28

The Tone, which is still a concept car, could be the successor to the ageing Almera which will be replaced in 2006.

It is a roomy five seater and according to Nissan it is aimed at small families who need a practical car.

The car features Nissan's Intelligent Key system which enables the doors to be locked or unlocked without trying to find the key.

Using proximity sensors, it will unlock the doors at the touch of a button on the door handle, saving the driver the inconvenience of searching for the key when their hands are full.

And the ignition works in a similar way. If the key is detected, the car will start without having to put the key in the ignition lock.


The Tone takes styling cues from Nissan's Micra.

Other influences, however, come from the more recent Qashqai urban crossover concept, which was shown at the Geneva Motor Show.

Like Qashqai, the Tone has highly distinctive boomerang LED rear lights that frame the tailgate and roof, while the car's prominent triangular rear side windows are scaled up versions of those found on Qashqai.

At the front, the grille adopts an aggressive double-deck four-slot design similar to the grille on Murano, while the dominant headlights house powerful projector beams. With very short overhangs front and rear, the profile is dominated by bold 17-inch alloy wheels.

At just a little more than 4m in length, but sitting on a wheelbase of 2 600 mm - just 25 mm shorter than the much larger X-TRAIL.

The car is aimed at being a practical vehicle as well. For example the glove box features a neat slot that doubles as a tissue dispenser, while the brushed aluminium centre console-cum-armrest houses a deep storage area beneath its lid.

The backrest folds in an uncomplicated fashion to create a roomy and flat load area.

Extra storage space can be found beneath the boot floor, which lifts to reveal a deep well, with a storage capacity of 90 litres, where valuables can be stowed out of sight.

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