Rogue off-roaders headline Nissan’s concepts at the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon

Rogue off-roaders headline Nissan’s concepts at the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon

Nissan will bring six concept cars to the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon, which opens its doors in January. All design studies are based on existing models and are designed to demonstrate how design and equipment modifications can completely change a vehicle’s character.

Two of the concepts are based on the Rogue, known as the X-Trail in many global markets. Still shrouded in darkness, the Crawler concept appears to be getting a long list of off-road modifications including what looks like a massive lift kit, wheel arch flares that indicate a wider track, a roof rack, and auxiliary lights. We’re told the trunk “contains the tools that have always been sought after in an X-Trail.”

If this sounds familiar, we’ve probably seen a lifted Rogue at the 2023 SEMA Show. However, the new concept looks much more capable.

Nissan-owned tuning firm Autech created the second concept, taking the Rogue in a completely different direction. It has added a new exterior, dark blue paint, and bright wheels to give the crossover a sporty and luxurious look. Interior photos have not yet been published. The Serena, a large pickup truck not sold in the United States, will get the same treatment from Autech for the Tokyo Auto Salon.

After leaving the dock again, the Mobile Disaster Support Center began life as a Caravan, another minivan sold in international markets. Unlike the car-derived Serena, it is closer to a commercial vehicle and is marketed as a heavy-duty truck. These strong bones made it ideal for its new role as a disaster support center. Nissan added a winch, fat tires, a roof rack and a cool sliding rear end before packing the interior with a long list of communications equipment. She then installed a leaf battery pack on the roof to power the electronics.

The March, known in Europe as Micra, is being reimagined as a bakery on wheels. It loses its rear seats to gain a wood floor, small storage cabinets and a refrigerator mounted behind the front seats. Wood-look interior trim, specific upholstery and chalkboards where you’d normally find the rear windows complete the look and allow the driver to sell delicious pastries anywhere the small hatchback fits.

Showgoers who stop by the Nissan booth will be able to check out the custom Roox kei car as well as Nismo-tuned models of the GT-R, Z and Skyline (known as the Infiniti Q50 on our shores). . Next year’s edition of the Tokyo Motor Salon is scheduled to open its doors on January 12 at Makuhari Messe, so more details about the off-road-ready Rogue will emerge in the coming weeks.

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