Concept cars have always been used as styling exercises of manufacturers and design studios. The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept is one such example. According to the Japanese carmaker, the car provides an advance look at the company's future design direction and embodies "the essence of a true sports sedan--that rare execution of four-door sedan with the aura of a real sports car."
"The Sport Sedan Concept shows a new, highly emotional and energetic design direction that takes Nissan's legendary approach of applying sports-car principles to a sedan to the next level," said Nissan senior vice president and chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura. "The Sport Sedan Concept captures that essence with bold and exciting sports car design and proportions."
The car has a low and wide stance, thanks to the diminutive hoodline and reduced ground clearance. The so-called "V-Motion" movement, which starts from the grille and continues on to the hood, conveys a sense of motion. Large LED boomerang-shaped headlights, a deeply scooped front fascia, and a wide, sloped windshield complete the Sport Sedan Concept's face.
Out back, the Sport Sedan Concept's rear is capped by the high deck, large chrome trunk accent, and boomerang-shaped taillights. A "floating" roof design also adds a sense of openness and lightness to the car in contrast to traditional sedans' heavy-cabin appearance.
But it's not just the Sport Sedan Concept's exterior that provides a glimpse of Nissan's future design but the interior as well. Diamond-shaped graphics on the quilted seats, stitching and panels supposedly enhance the sense of dynamic motion. The geometric design of the center console purportedly expresses Nissan's individual authenticity and modernity.
A 300+hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, paired with a sport-tuned Xtronic continuously variable transmission, powers the Sport Sedan Concept. What's bewildering is that, as keen as Nissan is to promote the car's sporty orientation, this concept car is front-wheel-driven.
The Sport Sedan Concept was created by Nissan Design America in San Diego, California, and developed at the Nissan Global Design Center in Atsugi, Japan.