Nissan revealed a new concept utility wagon at the Detroit Auto Show called the Bevel. It's designed for more mature, empty-nesters that need some real utility, but also want efficiency. It can seat up to five but all the seats can fold down flat to create a van-like flat floor. Overall dimensions are comparable to a mid-sized car like the Altima.
The shape of top of the doors is curved before ending in a horizontal roofline at the back, echoing the profile of the humongous Armada SUV. The power-train is a hybrid, featuring a 2.5L V-6. Aside from confirming that it does have a Nissan designed hybrid drivetrain, Nissan Design Manager John Cupit, wouldn't reveal any other details including battery technology, other than that it is a runner. The roof of the car is also covered with solar cells that provide power for accessories. The full details and press release are after the jump. There is also a gallery of 36 high-res press shots and live shots from the show floor that can be found by clicking the images above or below. The images are downloadable for your personal use. Read the rest of AutoblogGreen's NAIAS coverage here.
At a Glance: Nissan Bevel Concept
The Nissan Bevel Concept, which makes its world debut at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is a dynamic, multi-purpose vehicle – one designed to enhance every activity, every opportunity. But unlike currently available multi-activity vehicles such as SUVs and minivans, which emphasize passenger needs and comfort, the advanced Bevel Concept's focus is placed strictly on the primary user – male empty-nesters actively engaged in hobbies, recreation and community service.
Design conceived at Nissan Design America, Inc. (NDA) in La Jolla, California, in collaboration with Nissan advanced product planning groups in the United States, the Bevel Concept is an exploration of the future of the sport utility vehicle, going far beyond the current stereotypes.
Bevel offers unique, function-inspired asymmetrical styling, a high-utility three-zone interior and innovative technology ranging from glass roof-mounted solar panels to drive-by-wire steering, throttle and braking. Conceptually, Bevel would feature a small, efficient V6 HEV, combining driving pleasure with environmentally friendly design.
Highlights of the Nissan Bevel Concept include:
115.4-inchwheelbase, 173.2-inch overall length, 75.0-inch overall width, 63.8-inch overall height
Short front and rear overhangs
Distinctive, function-inspired asymmetrical styling
Oversize driver's door, rear-hinged passenger-side rear door that open to 67.3 inches (A-pillar to C-pillar)
Large, asymmetrical glass roof with solar panels underneath
Six unique roof-mounted cargo "pucks" with pop-up hooks and 250-pound load carrying capacity
Multi-function tailgate with slide-out utility platform, special hinge design allows tailgate to raise to 6'2" clearance height
Concealed LED headlights and projector fog lights in grille, LED taillights integrated into tailgate surround
Breakaway fiber-optic side camera in place of traditional sideview mirrors
Recessed rear license plate holder, hidden exhaust outlets
Custom six-spoke 20-inch wheels with rubber spoke inserts, Michelin 245/55R20 tires