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1990-1999 Nissan Concepts, Prototypes, and Pre-production

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1990 Gobi Concept

1990 Nissan Gobi Concept  
The futuristic Gobi was released at the 1990 Detroit Auto Show and consists of a egglike cocoon that is segmented into divided zones, thus the "whole" is not a single boring shape. The drivers seat location is designed as a '"orthopedically fitted work station" and the glovebox is a removable canvas bag attached via velcro. Typically-wasted space under the truck bed is used for four rubberized lockable storage compartments that hold skis, soda, camping equipment and other items.

1991 Cocoon Concept

1991 Nissan Cocoon Concept   1991 Nissan Cocoon Interior   1991 Nissan Cocoon Concept Side View   1991 Nissan Cocoon Concept sketch  
The Cocoon was a 6 passenger concept with three rows seats. The rear seat was bench-based while the remaining two rows were individual seats seperated by a console. Each seat was individually lit via large ceiling-mount indirect lighting to allow passenger adjustments. The driver was able to utilize a Heads-up display and the vehicle included a system to spray a refreshing scent via the steering wheel should the driver be getting sleepy. Per Allan Flowers, Nissan Design Studios, the concept was a SPHERE which encompased the seat back, door inners, headliner and instrument panel surfaces - creating a "cocoon-like" feeling for each passenger (see above sketch by Allan).

1991 FEV Concept

1991 Nissan FEV Concept  

1991 Tri-X Concept

1991 Nissan Tri-X Concept   1991 Nissan Tri-X Front   1991 Nissan Tri-X Rear  
Shown at the 29th Tokyo Auto Show in 1991, the Tri-x was a fully functional concept that represented a luxury family car that was sensitive to both environmental and safety concerns.

1992 300 Bambu Concept

1992 Nissan 300 Bambu sketch   1992 Nissan 300 Bambu Concept   1992 Nissan 300 Bambu Concept   1992 Nissan 300 Bambu Rear View   1992 Nissan 300 Bambu Concept  

1993 AP-X Concept

1993 AP-X Nissan Concept   1993 Nissan AP-X Concept  
The 1993 AVX-V concept car boasts a drag coefficient of just 0.20 and a direct-injection gasoline engine for ultra-low fuel consumption. The exceptionally low drag-coefficient was accomplished with tapered rear fenders, a flat underbody, rounded and smooth leading edges and aerodynamically optimized alloy wheels. Targeted at an American audience, the AP-X was designed by famous Italian stylist Marcello Gandini. While most concept cars hit at a futuristic styling, the AP-X was supposed to be a glimpse of what the cars of the 90's WOULD have looked like if Japanese designers had created more futuristic concept cars in the 80's. Note the B-pillar and C-pillar design, echoing the S13 hatch of 1989-1993.

1993 AQ-X Concept

1993 AQ-X Nissan Concept  

1993 Terrano ii Concept

1993 Nissan Terrano II Concept  

1995 CQ-X Concept

1995 Nissan CQ-X Concept   1995 Nissan CQ-X Side View   1995 Nissan CQ-X Interior  
Aluminum was widely used in the construction of the CQ-X. The interior sported multiple airbags, turn lights set into rear view mirrors, a navigation system, and even a system that will attempt to wake a sleeping driver. The CQ-X is a Front-engine, FWD vehicle using a 2-Liter I4 with 165hp.

1995 Fev-II Concept

1995 Nissan Fev-II Concept  
Shown at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show, the FEV-II was the electric car of the future and utilized a lithium ion electric batteries which offer about three times more energy density than lead-acid batteries and up to two times more than nickel batteries. The FEV-II had a FWD layout with a weight of 3120.1 lbs.

1995 XIX Concept

1995 Nissan XIX Concept  

1997 AL-X Concept

1997 Nissan AL-X Concept   1997 Nissan AL-X Interior   1997 Nissan AL-X Rear View  
The AL-X stressed the "cube" approach and utilized a cube-shaped body and rectangular features.

1997 Hypermini Concept

1997 Nissan Hypermini Concept   1997 Nissan Hypermini Rear View   1997 Nissan Hypermini Interior View  
The Hypermini is a two-seater electric vehicle that can travel 100 miles on 1 charge, with a top speed of over 60 mph. The vehicle features an in-car navigation and automatic location system which is handled by an operations control center. In the event of becoming lost, or vehicle running low on power, the driver can contact the control centre for assistance by pushing a single button on the dashboard.

1997 Stylish 6 Concept

1997 Nissan Stylish-6 Concept   1997 Nissan Stylish 6 rear-side view   1997 Nissan Stylish-6 Concept Front View   1997 Stylish-6 Concept Interior   1997 Nissan Stylish-6 Dash  
The Nissan Stylish 6 is, according to Nissan, their 'new wagon proposal for the future'. It was also an attempt to combine the size of a station wagon with the room and styling of an SUV. A hybrid-engined car, its powerplant consists of a direct-injection 2.5-litre V6 petrol engine combined with an electric traction motor. Combined with Nissanís advanced CVT, this hybrid system is claimed to be able to reduce fuel consumption by about 50% while also generating cleaner exhaust emissions. The long exterior means a very spacious interior and there are three rows of seats in the cabin. Moreover, by keeping the floor height low, access is easy and there is plenty of space within to walk around, from front to back. Nissan likens the cabin to that of an executive jet with top priority given to the comfort of each occupant.

1997 Trail Runner Concept

The Nissan TrailRunner was a coupe concept with the Nissan-developed ATTESA 4-wheel drive and an advanced Hyper CVT-M6 (continuously variable transmission with a manual shift mode) for multi-role capabilities on or off the road. Power comes from a NEO VVL engine with a 1.8-litre displacement and for top performance, this engine has a 3-stage Variable Valve Lift and timing system. The inside of the TrailRunner, which rides on large 18-inch wheels, is distinguished by M-shaped lines and has a new human-machine interface concept developed specifically for such a vehicle. The secondary controls are carefully positioned for easy operation and quick recognition while driving controls are clustered on the Multi-control Grip. To complement the sporty exterior, the interior trim has bright yellow colours and the two front seats are body-hugging.

1998 KYXX Concept

Nissan's KYXX is a five-door, five-passenger vehicle in the small MPV mold. The concept took about 10 months to create. Overall length of the vehicle is 3650 mm (144 in.), width 1680 mm (66 in.), and height 1480 mm (58 in.), with a wheelbase of 2550 mm (100 in.). Nissan put particular effort into providing maximum interior space. The exterior and interior of the car were designed in parallel, with teams swapped regularly to maintain overall design identity. The dashboard has a central information pod and the car is fitted with a satellite navigation system. The steering wheel is of small diameter. This and the rounded look to the interior with the instrument pods are to create the effect of even greater interior space. The belt line of the car is high and rises to the rear. The car is markedly cab-forward with a short nose. There are six lenses in each headlamp using fiber optics technology. Neon systems are used for the indicators; the taillights use LED technology. Its power unit is a four-cylinder, common-rail turbodiesel aimed at giving the car 3.0 L/100 km (78 mpg) fuel economy potential. It uses a development of Nissan's M-fire combustion system.

1999 AXY Concept

The Nissan AXY concept is a lifestyle utility vehicle designed for comfort and peace of mind. The exterior has been designed to project a sharp, clean image while exuding a friendly look. The AXY is fitted with a newly developed 2.0 litre NEO direct-injection gasoline engine and HYPER CVT to deliver smooth driving performance with ample power in reserve.

1999 Cypact Concept

Nissan first showed this concept sports coupe at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show. Their aim with this vehicle was to combine a dynamic and enjoyable driving experience with an economical and environmentally-friendly engine. The backbone of this concept is what Nissan have dubbed their NEO Di engine, which stands for Nissan Ecology Oriented Direct Injection a four-cylinder turbocharged diesel capable of travelling 100km on just 3.4 litres of fuel.

1999 NCS-1 Concept

The NCS (New Concept Sedan) has a rear seat sunroof and locates the main HVAC vents at the top of the A-pillars. Interior space is in abundance. Theater-style seating can give way to folded flat 50/50 split rear seats. The rear cargo area conceals a storage compartment that is accessed via a bi-fold floor panel. NCS is about three inches taller than a midsize sedan, yet it is shorter than current Nissan Maxima. Its powerplant is a 190 hp SOHC V6 engine.

1999 SUT Concept

Based on the Frontier Crew-Cab, the SUT Concept Vehicle is powered by a 170-horsepower 3.3-liter SOHC V6 engine and features 4-wheel drive, 4-speed automatic transmission, a 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System, custom 18-inch wheels and tires and special roof rack and step rails. In the back of the cab you will find a liftgate that swings upward and allows easy access to the bed over a small step. When the rear seat is folded with the hatch up, the SUT has the bed length of a regular pickup.

1999 Tino Concept


1999 XVL Concept

Taking center stage at Nissan's display at the 1999 Tokyo Auto Show was the XVL, a luxury sedan with cutting-edge technology such as an EXTROID continuously-variable transmission, which uses power rollers instead of the belts common in most CVT systems. XVL is powered by a direct-injection 3.0-liter V-6, and is rear-wheel drive. Of course, the XVL received the venerated VQ35 and went on to become the G35 Sedan, released in 2003.

1999 Z Concept



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