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Envolving the Crossover – The Nissan Resonance

Making its debut at the 2013 American International Auto Show was Nissan’s evolving crossover the Resonance, with its bold futuristic aerodynamic style and design.

This concept, comes with a fuel-efficient hybrid-electric power-train and proposes an all-new dynamic and edgy design that once again leads the trend for the crossover category.

Francois Bancon, Nissan Motor Co. division general manager, Product Strategy and Planning commented “When the designers were first working on the Nissan Resonance, they were inspired by scientific advancements in technology and material innovations. They also were inspired by the aspirations of those people who embrace innovation. It was about serving those people a concept vehicle that is forward-looking and fuses style with an athletic ride”.

The Resonance has been created by Nissan Design America in San Diego CA, under the direction of Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer of Nissan Motor Co Ltd.

This new concept from Nissan is pushing the crossover segment forward, with its modern exterior design. Nissan’s designers have worked to express an aerodynamic feel that was lightweight yet protective. Its design contains a V-motion, which starts from the front grille and then moves through the bonnet and resonates with the iconic boomerang shaped headlights. Its body has provocative lines which is strengthened by powerful surfaces, the flow of the car ends with a kick up shape to the rear, giving this crossover a very distinct look.

The Resonance has also been give a unique “floating” roof design. The affect has been created through the use of thin, steeply raked A-pillars and a large full length glass panel that flows into the D-pillar. This creates an impression of a flowing structure carried by the large windows giving an overall sense of space in the cabin.

Flame Orange is it’s exterior colour, this colour gives the concept pure warmth and energy. Other exterior features of the Resonance include’s satin chrome accents, 22 inch aluminum alloy wheels and a tinted acrylic grille.

Its interior is also impressive, the designer has imagined what the future of first class space travel might be, with welcoming yet exclusive and high tech premium design. It has sequential welcome lighting which adds warmth and drama on entering the vehicle. The dramatic interior illumination highlights its buttery leather seats and its natural wood pattern in its cabin.

The instrument panel floats on a generous console which creates a forum where the driver can access all infotainment and communication features. The technology is laid out to give a holographic experience and visual depth, its also used to separate information in the order of importance.

Its unique glass roof gives passengers a unique panoramic view of the world and floating elements like the roof lining add a huge sense of space and light. The interior has been enhanced by the sculpted door panels and elegant deep shape of the center console.

“The Resonance interior reflects the enlightened modernity of today’s crossover buyer, who values an amazing experience over traditional indulgence,” continued Francois Bancon. “The architecture of the cabin is open and structured. Like the exterior, it redefines and pushes the segment beyond convention.”

Though the 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 compromising the driving experience. It is all-wheel drive and includes Nissan’s proprietary “one-motor, two clutch”  system that combines a smaller displacement internal combustion petrol engine with an electric motor/lithium-ion battery and advanced management systems. The Resonance also features Nissan’s next generation Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

This bold design follows Nissan’s longstanding leadership in crossover design, which has featured in cutting edge vehicles such as the Juke, Qashqai, and Murano.

“Resonance is meant to be provocative, energetic and engaging – even polarizing,” said Francois Bancon. “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.”


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