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APR 2018

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www.ADandP.media At the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Nissan revealed a C-SUV concept, the Xmotion (pronounced "cross motion"). The crossover is 180.7 inches long, 76.4 inches wide, 66.9 inches high, and rides on a 109.6-inch wheelbase. It seats six with three rows of side- by-side seats. It rides on 21-inch tires. Its visual presence is something that wouldn't be out of place in Blade Runner 2049, but as we'll see, there's another cinematic referent for the concept. The sheet metal bodyside is massive, yet there are subtle deep draws that accentuate the surface (forms that maybe, just maybe could be released in production—but remember, the Xmotion is a concept). If you look carefully toward the top of the vehicle you'll notice a hint of red showing up, accenting the pewter color of the body. And that hint gives way to a flood of the color when you open the suicide doors. Although some in the industry don't like that term for vehicles that have no B-pillars and rear-hinged back doors, when we talk with Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan Senior Vice President for Global Design, about the Xmotion, he says, "It is based on Japanese design, but in a context that is Western. It is louder than Japanese. But that's intentional." He says it jokingly brings to mind Kill Bill, referencing the 2003 Tarantino martial arts movie that has more than a little red in its production. The West meets East, but in the case of the crossover, the execution is superb, not slicing. And while on the topic of color, it is worth noting that the Xmotion received at NAIAS the prestigious EyesOn Design award ( eyesondesign. org ) in the "Innovative Use of Color, Graphics or Materials." And it isn't just the red, white and black colors that are used within the crossover. The hint of red that can be seen from the side of the vehicle is more evident from this overview shot. Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan senior vice president for Global Design, says that this is a hat tip to the style of clothing that developed among the newly prosperous middle class when the capital of Japan moved from Kyoto to Tokyo: generally humble, but with a touch of something extra. And the lining—as in the interior of the Xmotion—tended to be rather extensively arrayed. The Nissan Xmotion Concept. A design objective was to combine what has historically been an American-type vehicle—the SUV—with a Japanese aesthetic. 41 AD&P ∕ APRIL 2018 NISSAN XMOTION

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