• Jan 23, 2013
Patent filings have given us plenty of early glimpses at future cars recently, but generally speaking, we tend to know what we're looking at. What we're seeing here is obviously an upcoming Nissan utility vehicle based largely on the 2012 Hi-Cross Concept, but other than that, there's really no information. Our best guess is that this is a peak at the next-generation X-Trail – Nissan's small, rugged crossover that isn't currently available in the US.

From concept to the patent phase, we see the arched front fenders and stylized D-pillars are almost identical, but we also get a look at some of the production-friendly design elements such as the front and rear fascias and the liftgate. No word on when we might see a production version of this crossover, but with the Hi-Cross having debuted at the Geneva Motor Show last year, maybe Nissan will follow that up with the road-ready version of the crossover at this year's show in March.


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      360_AD
      • 1 Year Ago
      The industry needs another crossover like it needs another GM.
        tinted up
        • 1 Year Ago
        @360_AD
        Ugh, this vehicle is NOT a US market vehicle!!! It might be the basis and have similar design for the NEXT Nissan Rogue. Do not worry about this being a replacement Xterra either. Again this is NOT a US market vehicle. The next Xterra might also share some design cues, but would be butched up for that particular application of design.
          tinted up
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tinted up
          Again this vehicle would not be adding another contender to the crossover field. It is a REPLACEMENT for model(s) that already exist. The status quo for quantity of crossover models would remain intact.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tinted up
          So you're saying the rest of the world actually does need more crossovers?
      tenspeeder
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now this looks like a real Nissan CR-V fighter versus that Rouge blob
      Daekwan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dont know what that is. But burn it with fire!!
        tinted up
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Daekwan
        What similar sized crossover has styling that you wouldn't so quickly burn with fire? Please, I am not trying to be a douche, I just want some more elaboration on what crossover styling is more provocative to a man such as yourself.
          gearhead
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tinted up
          I think it looks like a heavy-set person sat on the hood and the material that was crushed moved to the rear of the car....like what happens when you squeeze a water balloon.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tinted up
          I don't think this is provocative at all -- it's so watered-down, it's disappointing to look at. I feel the same way about the new Pathfinder.
      Audi Love
      • 1 Year Ago
      Trash these generic designs, it's 2013 for Christ's ache's.
      Mikey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Slightly off topic but is it legal to import these? I've seen two or three with US plates in the Northwest area. And one has been a regular in my neighborhood for 1-2 years so I'm pretty sure that they own it.
        Matthew Miles
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mikey
        They sold them here in Canada for a few years in the mid 2000s. Those were probably BC plates you saw.
      Nemebean
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even that unfinished rendering has more style than the new Pathfinder.
      Houmpheng Phonsavath
      UGLY!
      Randy
      • 1 Year Ago
      This photo can't possibly be fully representative so though I do not like this currently, I'm going to keep an open mind.
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