If you thought the SUV was taking over, think again. There’s no doubt that they make an excellent choice for comfort and space, but they aren’t your only option. And if Nissan gets its way there’ll be a proper space-age option too. Sure, it’s only a concept at the moment, but the Nissan Hyper Tourer isn’t the only new MPV to be envisioned recently.
The Hyper Tourer is Nissan’s take on the MPV and features as part of its series of advanced electric vehicles concepts. It went on display at the recent Japan Mobility Show and gives a hint of where the manufacturer sees the future heading.
This all-electric people carrier is designed – according to Nissan – to focus on “nurturing and reinforcing the bond between people as they journey together.” The Nissan Hyper Tourer Concept is geared toward people who appreciate the finer things in life even while they’re driving around. We’re taking that to mean lots of comfort and technology for relaxing journeys.
The exterior, which might take some getting used to, is composed of smooth body panels and sharp lines that demonstrate traditional Japanese notions of beauty and elegance.
Whether or not we agree with that isn’t really the point but there’s no arguing that it’s a striking and imposing look. The sides flow diagonally from the front to the rear for higher aerodynamic performance, the white waistline serves as a headlight and signature lamp, while the kumiko-patterned wheels and the soft, straight body line are designed to create a premium feel you wouldn’t necessarily expect from an MPV.
The spacious interior is made possible thanks to Nissan’s EV Technology Vision, which combines compact components and high-energy density all-solid-state batteries to create an innovative package that makes the most of the extra interior space it creates. The result is an ultra-low centre of gravity which improves stability and ride quality. Combine that with the advanced e-4ORCE all-wheel control system and you get very smooth acceleration and deceleration. The high-capacity battery also allows for V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) functionality so it’s possible to borrow the electricity from your car’s batteries to supply your home when you’re not driving.
The Nissan Hyper Tourer Concept combines the essence of omotenashi (Japanese hospitality) with various advanced technologies to create a unique space for your travels.
The overhead console and lighting feature traditional Japanese kumiko and koushi patterns that create a sense of luxury, while the flat LED panel in the floor displays imagery of a riverbed and the sky, helping create a relaxing space to travel in. Fully autonomous driving features also enable the driver to spend more time interacting with their travel companions. In reality, that probably means being able to turn around and tell the kids to be quiet/stop fighting, but at least you’ll be able to do so safely.
The front seats can swivel 360-degrees, allowing front- and rear-seat passengers to have face-to-face conversations, and rear-seat passengers can also use a wearable display to view and operate the navigation and audio on the front-seat centre display. Nissan has even come up with an innovative AI system that can monitor your biometric signs—brain waves, heart rate, breathing and perspiration—and automatically select suitable music and adjust the lighting to fit your mood.
With the Nissan Hyper Tourer Concept, Nissan has come up with the ideal road trip vehicle that combines the comfort of a luxurious living room with the convenience of a people carrier – all contained in one stylish and incredibly futuristic package.
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