Nissan Hi-Cross Concept Previews Brand’s SUV Future

Nissan Hi-Cross Concept Previews Brand’s SUV Future

Nissan previewed its crossovers today at the L.A. Auto Show with the Hi-Cross concept – a bold take on where its utility vehicles will go in the near future.

Originally unveiled during the Geneva Motor Show, the concept offers seating for seven and is inspired by the Murano. Despite that, it takes a different approach to being a utility vehicle than the Murano, which uses Nissan’s V6 engine. Instead, the Hi-Cross is a hybrid with a 2.0-liter four cylinder that gathers extra power from an electric motor to offer power similar to a 2.5-liter engine.

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A mixture of old and new, Nissan added narrow, deeply tapered headlamps to help give the concept its modern style. Just like the front, heavily stylized tail lights lend a futuristic look to the rear — something that continues inside. A white leather interior with seats based on trapezoidal shapes are complimented by a black leather’wrapped dashboard.

The car’s gauge cluster continues that theme, as does the center console. “The Hi-Cross concept interior design is far more practical than most show car interiors, displaying a more realistic view of what crossover customers are looking for in the real world,” Nissan executive Al Castignetti said.

While Nissan hasn’t been outright about which cars will be influenced by the concept, it seems hard not to assume that that Murano and Rogue will show elements of it soon.

GALLERY: Nissan Hi-Cross Concept