Nissan’s Sport Sedan concept unveiled


DETROIT – Nissan hints at not only its next-generation Maxima large sedan but also the future look of all of its cars with the Sport Sedan concept unveiled today at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

The concept unveiled at the Detroit auto show, for all intents and purposes, is the next Maxima, which is due out in late 2015.

But Nissan is not calling it by that name.

Nissan global design chief Shiro Nakamura said the four-door concept uses sports car proportions and takes “sports car principles” in a sedan to the next level.

The concept features a low, back-sloping roof and a concealed B-pillar. The front end displays a sharp V-shaped grille and boomerang-shaped headlights.

The side profile is equally powerful, with sculpted body lines connecting the aluminum-alloy wheels and low-profile P275/30R21 tires, which are pushed out to the four corners. The Concept’s silhouette blends into the rear design, which is capped by a high deck, large chrome trunk accent and wide, scooped rear fascia.

The Sport Sedan Concept joins a trio of advanced concepts that share signature design aspects that will be adapted to all future Nissans, says the automaker. Along with the Resonance and Friend-ME concepts that were introduced at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, the Concept shares a “V-Motion” front portion, floating roof and boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights. These design cues, says Andy Palmer, executive vice-president of Nissan, is the “design language of he future” and will be incorporated into a range of body types from sedans to crossovers — including the Maxima.

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