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2014-01-15 13:11

WHAT A CONCEPT! Nissan's Sedan Concept, shown at the 2014 Detroit auto show, combines the excitement of sports car and the usefulness of a sedan into one handsome package. Image: NISSAN

• 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, Michigan - Nissan is celebrating its 80th anniversary at the 2014 Detroit auto show with the world debut of its Sport Sedan Concept.

The design study has laid particular emphasis on next-generation design and sporty style to "embody the essence of a true sports sedan for buyers with a passion for cutting-edge design and driving dynamics".


Nissan's senior vice-president and chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura explained: "The car shows a highly emotional and energetic design direction that takes Nissan's approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan to the next level. It captures that essence with bold and exciting design and proportions."

GALLERY: Nissan Sedan Concept
IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Detroit show

He continues: "Nissan is a brand for people seeking bold and passionate experiences, who are willing to make choices outside of traditional boundaries."

The car is low and wide with a low bonnet line and is short on ground-clearance compared to a normal sedan  "elements that would be right at home on a sports car".

The Sport Sedan Concept rides on custom 21" aluminum-alloy rims wrapped in low-profile 275/30 radials and black-outs along the glasshouse give the appearance of a floating roof.


The elaborate candy-colour paint job is achieved through the application of an orange-amber topcoat over a base of gold paint, creating a distinctive depth and richness.

The cabin uses premium materials, diamond-shaped graphics on the quilted seats, stitching and panels "enhancing the sense of dynamic motion". The interior also features high-contrast colours and faceted metallic accents.

The front-wheel sedan is powered by a 225kW, 3.5 V6 driving (oh dear!) through a continuously variable transmission rather than a sporty manual gearbox - showing, unfortunately, the American auto influence. the concept was created by Nissan Design America in San Diego, California.

For the dimensionally fixated, the Concept is 4.87m long, 1.91m wide and 1.34m tall with a 2.82m wheelbase.
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