Nissan Teases Compact Concept for the São Paulo Motor Show
Concept Could Predict New Global Product
Nissan is shedding some light on its new compact crossover concept, literally. A new teaser image for the as-yet-unnamed vehicle gives us a decent look at what we can expect from the company at the São Paulo Motor Show in less than a week in Brazil.
As expected, the concept is very obviously an SUV, but it looks to be rather compact. It seems like it’s blockier and taller than the Juke, which will be good for utility, as the Juke is more of a turbocharged, lifted hatchback than it is a crossover. Still, we think the concept will probably be less capable than Nissan’s other SUV offerings like the Xterra.
The concept looks pretty good, falling in line with Nissan’s new design language. Elongated headlamps bookend the “V-Motion” grille, a feature that made an appearance on the SSC and Resonance concept cars, as well as the 2014 Rogue and 2015 Murano. The concept crossover will also have a “floating” roof panel, much like Nissan’s other recent concepts.
There’s no word on what dirty bits power the concept, but we’d bet that it probably mirrors the company’s current offerings. Expect a direct-injected I-4 mated to a continuously variable transmission, with optional all-wheel drive.
São Paulo’s annual car show may not be high on the priorities list for many American consumers, but Brazil is actually a very important market for every major automaker. It’s a growth market, so Nissan is scrambling for as much market share as possible. Additionally, there’s a chance we could see something like this concept in the United States, particularly since Nissan may need a vehicle to do battle with the upcoming Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, and Jeep Renegade.
The Nissan concept will bow at the São Paulo Motor Show on October 28.