We’re looking at the future of the mid-sized sedan, according to Nissan. This Ellure Concept as shown at the LA show isn’t a preview of any particular model, but is Nissan’s idea of how its future generation sedans will look like. But give it a long hard look, strip away the obvious show car flamboyance (mega wheels, rear hinged doors) and it doesn’t look too outrageous – the rear design is very neat to these eyes.
“While not intended as a preview of any upcoming production model, Ellure confirms Nissan’s intention to be a strong player in the sedan segment for many years to come,” explains Shiro Nakamura, Senior VP and Chief Creative Officer at Nissan. “As an expression of our long-term vision for the next generation of great Nissan sedans, Ellure allows us to introduce a new sedan concept – one that honors the sedan’s unmatched daytime functionality, yet has a more emotive, almost hidden ambience that comes to life after dark,” he added.
Nissan says that the proportions of the Ellure follow the basic layout and dimensions of a traditional mid-size sedan, but a next-generation compact hybrid powertrain allows the wheels to be pushed far out to the corners – good for looks and space. The grille was inspired by “Kamishino” Samurai formal coat while the headlights and taillights have the effect of “layering of fins” or “wings of a bird”. Pure designer speak.
The proposed drivetrain is a supercharged 2.5-litre four-pot with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control (one motor/two clutch design with lithium-ion battery) and a 25 kW electric motor, matched to an Xtronic CVT gearbox. But what really matters here is the design, and you don’t want to bet against this coming to life – nobody thought the Juke would!
Gallery after the jump.
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