NAIAS 2014 Unveiled: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

Nissan provided a glimpse into its future with the world debut of a Sport Sedan Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Sport Sedan Concept is one of three concepts unveiled by Nissan that introduces the next generation of the automaker’s new, distinctive design signatures. Along with the Nissan Resonance and Friend-ME, the Sport Sedan features the V-Motion front aspect, “floating” roof and boomerang-shaped lamps.

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept
This Sport Sedan Concept could also model preliminary designs for the next-generation Nissan Maxima, which last received a redesign for the 2009 model year. That design could then trickle down into the other sedan models, just as the current Maxima’s design language transferred through to the current Altima and Sentra models.

The exterior of the Sport Sedan Concept comes in a unique color Nissan calls “Strad Amber” and sits visually lower than your average sedan, sporting a wider stance that gives it the sports car differentiation. The lowered hoodline and the dramatic new front fascia, featuring a new chrome grille and boomerang LED headlights, give the Sport Sedan Concept a more aggressive look.

This is accentuated even further with the sculpted fenders sitting over custom 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with low-profile 275/30R21 tires, which are pushed out to the four corners for the vehicle. The rear of the vehicle also features boomerang rear combination lights, which are pushed out toward the edges to accentuate the large chrome trunk accent.

The Sport Sedan Concept’s interior also offers a glimpse at future design language, according to Nissan. This includes a driver-oriented setup with premium materials throughout and diamond-shaped graphics on the quilted seats, stitching and panels, which Nissan says adds “three-dimensionality” and was inspired by modern furniture, apparel and accessories. The interior also sports high-contrast colors and facet metallic accents.

A 3.5 liter V-6 engine with over 300 horsepower and a sport-tuned Xtronic CVT is expected to power the front-wheel drive Sport Sedan Concept. It will also have an innovative suspension layout with performance dampers, according to Nissan.

The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept was created by Nissan Design America in San Diego, Calif., and developed at the Nissan Global Design Center in Atsugi, Japan.

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