Nissan shows Vmotion 2.0 concept, Rogue Sport SUV

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

Nissan Motor Co. on Monday at the Detroit auto show debuted its Vmotion 2.0 concept, an eye-catching sedan targeted for on-the-go professionals.

The Japanese automaker at the North American International Auto Show also revealed the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, a smaller SUV than its most popular U.S. seller, the compact Rogue. It goes on sale this spring.

The Vmotion 2.0, with a futuristic exterior that features the evolving “V-motion” front design on many Nissan vehicles, also gives hints at the future of its ProPILOT technology to allow for self-driving on urban roads. Lighting around the Nissan emblem in the front and diffuser in the rear glows to indicate the vehicle’s ProPILOT mode has been activated.

The sedan with an extended wheelbase features wrap-around rear glass that looks like a “floating roof.” The exterior is painted with a silver color that features copper undertones.

“Copper is an emerging color trend in many industries, including fashion, product design and interior design,” Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer of Nissan, said in a statement. “We wanted to introduce shades and hints of copper while mixing it with other metals such as satin silver and chrome.”

Much of the focus on the Vmotion 2.0 was on the interior and creating a comfortable and roomy environment full of technology.

The instrument panel and infotainment system are integrated for both driver and front seat passenger, with a horizontal display integrating the ProPILOT system. The front and rear doors swing outward, which Nissan says allows for easy entry as it creates a pillar-less open space.

Shiro Nakamura, senior VP, chief creative officer, design and brand management Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., introduces theNissan Vmotion 2.0 concept vehicle.

In the back, which seats two, a smaller screen can show what is on the main display. The vehicle is equipped with leather seats and premium luxury materials such as natural zebrawood on the floor and  inside the doors.

Rogue Sport is 12.1 inches shorter overall and its wheelbase 2.3 inches shorter than the compact Rogue, which Nissan says will make the Rogue Sport easier to maneuver in cities and parking.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is a smaller SUV than its most popular U.S. seller, the compact Rogue.

The Rogue is Nissan’s top-selling nameplate, last year surpassing the Altima sedan for the top spot. U.S. Rogue sales in 2016 hit 329,904, up 14.9 percent from 2015.

Rogue Sport is based off the Nissan Qashquai model sold in other regions of the globe. But the SUV has been modified for the U.S. market and includes a different engine and transmission and interior features. It will be built in Kyushu, Japan.

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