(from Nissan Press
Release) Innovative Nissan Resonance Concept Crossover
Features Bold, Differentiating Style
Signals the future
direction of Nissan crossovers with smart, edgy design
Inspired by a new "innovation era" and optimism for a bright,
Elevates the crossover experience with engaging aerodynamic
exterior, spacious and sophisticated interior and advanced HEV
Global concept aims to present an intelligent, fresh
alternative for U.S. consumers
DETROIT - With its
boldly futuristic aerodynamic styling and fuel-efficient
hybrid-electric powertrain, the Nissan Resonance concept proposes an
all-new dynamic and edgy design that once again leads the trend for
the crossover category. The global concept makes its world debut
today at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
Said Francois Bancon, Nissan Motor Co. division general manager,
Product Strategy and Planning: "When the designers were first
working on conceptualizing the Nissan Resonance, they were inspired
by amazing scientific advancements in technology and material
innovations. They also were inspired by the aspirations of those
people who unabashedly embrace innovation and are optimistic about
the future. It was about serving those people a concept vehicle that
is forward-looking and fuses style with an athletic ride."
While seen as a concept of global relevance, Resonance was created
by Nissan Design America, San Diego, CA, under the direction of
Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer of
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
An Energetic, Premium Exterior
Design that Resonates
Light on its feet, the
exterior design signals that Nissan Resonance is pushing the
crossover segment forward.
The energetic surfaces show a counterpoint of dynamic fluidity and
pure edginess. Nissan's designers worked to express an aerodynamic
feel that was lightweight yet also protective, and drew inspiration
from the futuristic allure of hypersonic travel.
The front exterior design shows the V-Motion, which starts from the
front grille, moves through the hood and resonates with the iconic
boomerang shaped headlights. The body is strengthened by powerful
surfaces and provocative lines and is accented by the flow through
the car to the kick-up shape around D-Pillar. These distinct details
give the crossover a very advanced yet spacious impression.
The roof's unique "floating" design is created through the use of
the thin, steeply raked A-pillars, large full-length glass panel and
flowing D-pillar design. The effect created gives the impression of
a flowing structure carried by the large windows and overall
spaciousness of the cabin.
The body color, named Flare Orange, adds even more energy and warmth
to the overall exterior design. Other exterior features include a
tinted acrylic grille with Satin Chrome accents and 22-inch, full
dynamic flow aluminum-alloy wheels.
Inside, a Futuristic VIP Lounge
With the interior, the
designers imagined what the future of first-class space travel might
be: Welcoming yet exclusive and high-tech yet premium. The resulting
"VIP lounge," with its light, buttery leather and premium-stitched
seats, exudes genuine sophistication.
Thoughtfully considered details, including sequential welcome
lighting, add warmth and drama upon entering the vehicle. The
dramatic interior illumination highlights the natural wood pattern
in the modern cabin.
An advanced instrument panel floats on a generous console, creating
a forum where the driver can access all infotainment and
communication features. Technology is graphically layered to give a
holographic experience and visual depth is used to separate
information in order of importance.
The open glass roof gives passengers a unique panoramic view of the
world and floating elements like the roof lining add to the sense of
space and airy lightness. The spacious interior atmosphere is
enhanced by the sculpted door panels and elegant, deep shape of the
Said Bancon: "The Resonance interior reflects the enlightened
modernity of today's crossover buyer, who values an amazing
experience over traditional indulgence. The architecture of the
cabin is open and structured. Like the exterior, it redefines and
pushes the segment beyond convention."
Sustainably Dynamic Performance
Though Resonance is
presented strictly as a design concept, its efficient hybrid
electric drivetrain signals the desire by crossover drivers to be
respectful of the environment without sacrificing driving pleasure.
The all-wheel drive Resonance includes Nissan's proprietary
"one-motor, two-clutch" system that combines a smaller displacement
internal combustion gasoline engine with an electric
motor/lithium-ion battery and advanced management system. Resonance
also features Nissan's next-generation Xtronic CVT® (Continuously
An Other-Worldly Concept for
The bold Resonance
follows Nissan's longstanding leadership in crossover design,
demonstrated by such cutting-edge vehicles as Murano, Qashqai and
Juke, while pushing the boundaries of design into another dimension.
Concluded Bancon: "Resonance is meant to be provocative, energetic
and engaging - even polarizing. Its edgy yet sophisticated design,
combined with an environmentally sensitive powertrain and
intelligent utility provides a clear, exciting view into the future
of crossover innovation.
"This design is not meant to appeal to traditional two-box SUV
shoppers, but rather to those whose fashion and design choices make
a statement. For Nissan, this concept makes our statement about the
future of this segment."