Nissan Hi-Cross Concept Debuts at 2012 Geneva Auto Show

2012 Geneva Auto Show


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    Nissan Hi-Cross Picture

    Nissan Hi-Cross. | March 06, 2012

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2012 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Nissan Hi-Cross, which previews the design and powertrain direction of future Nissan crossovers, made its formal debut on Tuesday at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.
  • The Hi-Cross is a three-row, seven-passenger hybrid equipped with a 2.0-liter direct-injection gas engine, an electric motor and a compact lithium-ion battery.
  • Nissan said the Hi-Cross illustrates ways to extend its crossover portfolio.

GENEVA — The Nissan Hi-Cross, which previews the design and powertrain direction of future Nissan crossovers, made its formal debut on Tuesday at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.

The Hi-Cross is a three-row, seven-passenger hybrid equipped with a 2.0-liter direct-injection gas engine, an electric motor and a compact lithium-ion battery. Another key detail is a next-generation continuously variable transmission (CVT) which Nissan said achieves a 10-percent improvement in fuel economy over "comparable previous-generation CVTs."

Nissan did not provide technical specifications on the Hi-Cross or fuel economy estimates. It also did not spell out any production plans for the Hi-Cross, beyond saying it was a "future crossover proposal."

"Hi-Cross Concept shows we are not sitting still, resting on our laurels," said Andy Palmer, Nissan executive vice president, in a statement.

Nissan apparently thinks there is some room or so-called "white space" between the Nissan Juke and the Nissan Murano — at least in terms of size. The Hi-Cross, with its 109.4-inch wheelbase, slots in between the Juke and Murano. The 2012 Juke rides on a 99.6-inch wheelbase, while the 2012 Murano rides on a 111.2-inch wheelbase.

When the Hi-Cross was teased by Nissan in late February, there was rampant speculation in the media that it previews a future Nissan X-Trail or Murano. But a Nissan North America spokesman would not confirm any market plans for the Hi-Cross, beyond saying "it's a global concept."

Styling cues on the Hi-Cross include what Nissan calls a "bold character line" along the side, as well as "distinctive" exterior lighting. The cabin gets a T-wing-shaped dashboard. The concept rides on 21-inch alloy wheels.

Edmunds.com says: The Hi-Cross seems to prove that you can't have too many crossovers these days.

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