Electric corner Nissan Hyper Urban Concept sports scissor doors

Electric corner Nissan Hyper Urban Concept sports scissor doors

  • Nissan showed off the Hyper Urban concept ahead of its in-person debut at this month’s Japan Mobility Expo in Tokyo.
  • The electric concept is a small sporty crossover with a sharp, angular design, with kaleidoscope-inspired triangular shapes.
  • The cabin is just as crazy as the bodywork, with green LED accents and seats that fold together to create a spacious lounge.

Nissan is nothing new to the electric car scene, its flagship LEAF hatchback, which went on sale in 2011 with a paltry 73 miles of range, paved the way for the flood of electric cars now hitting the market. Among these cars is the Nissan Ariya four-wheel drive car, which recorded sales of 5,195 during the first half of this year. Now Nissan is giving us a glimpse of what to expect from the design of its future electric cars with the very angular-looking Hyper Urban concept.

Nissan hyper urban concept

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The sporty crossover is one of several concepts Nissan will unveil ahead of the Japanese Mobility Expo in Tokyo at the end of this month. Each will use the word “hyper” in its name, according to the automaker, “to express the heightened excitement they aim to bring.” The Hyper Urban’s bodywork is full of aggressive and dramatic diagonal lines as if the designer had attacked a piece of clay with a sword to create the concept’s shape. The steeply sloping roofline, massive wheels, and stocky stance make the Hyper Urban look more assertive.

The concept follows current design trends with full-width, front and rear light bars, each with a complex appearance composed of receptive LED strips. The front and rear scissor doors open theatrically skyward to reveal a cabin just as angular as the exterior, filled with triangular shapes — inspired by a kaleidoscope, Nissan says — green LED lighting and a yoke-shaped steering wheel. The front seats can be folded and folded into the rear seats to create a more spacious, lounge-like interior.

Nissan hyper urban concept

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Nissan didn’t go into detail regarding the powertrain, but the Hyper Urban is, of course, electric. Nissan envisions this concept could return power to your home to reduce stress on the grid and save owners money. Nissan also mentioned an AI-powered charging setup that can charge the crossover autonomously but didn’t provide details on how that would work. Ultimately, however, the powertrain details are of little importance, and the Hyper Urban serves as a flight of fancy that showcases Nissan’s future design direction. Just don’t expect the scissor doors to make it to production.

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Caleb Miller started blogging about cars when he was 13 years old, and fulfilled his dream of writing for a car magazine after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University. Car and driver a team. He loves exotic and obscure cars, aims to one day own something exotic like a Nissan S Cargo, and is an avid motorsport fan.

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