They’re expecting quads at Nissan! The Japanese brand is preparing to deliver four stunning concepts at this month’s Tokyo Motor Show.
Bosses are pulling out all the stops at the firm’s home expo with a futuristic saloon, open-topped supermini and trendy van among its star attractions.
The Intima previews what’s in store from the next-generation version of Nissan’s Maxima, which was last sold in the UK in 2002. Neat details include barn-style doors to aid access and a huge panoramic glass windscreen that extends back into the roofline.
The Mercedes S-Class-sized luxury car also has two-piece headlamps that span the front wing and bonnet, tiny, ultra-aerodynamic mirrors and twin tail-pipes integrated with the rear bumper. It features a new V6 diesel engine.
Next up is the NV200, which looks like a cross between the A-Team van and Thunderbird 2. The chunky concept gets a slide-out rear end rather than conventional doors, and has been kitted out for an ocean photographer. That explains the underwater swimming gear in the back, as well as the computer monitors inside.
The Round Box concept – dubbed Rd-Bx for short – shows an unusual take on open-air motoring. According to Nissan, the striking red machine combines the practicality and space of a supermini with the sharp looks and handling of a sports car. There is no roof, but its boxy body features a near vertical rear end, while the cabin has room for four. Power is from a 1.6-litre petrol turbo, and to increase the sense of speed there are clear panels in the bottoms of the doors, so occupants can watch the road surface flash past beneath. This innovation was first seen on the brand’s Urge concept, which debuted at the 2006 Detroit show.
Last of all is the quirky Pivo2. It picks up where the original 2005 Pivo concept left off, and uses lithium-ion batteries to power multi-directional in-wheel motors. They make the bizarre machine a doddle to park, while the rotating passenger pod ensures the driver can always face in the direction in which they are heading.
Other clever innovations include an on-board robot, which uses a camera focused on the driver to detect tiredness. It can raise the alarm to prevent you from falling asleep at the wheel, and is even able to detect anger from facial expressions if you are about to descend into a fit of road rage.