2012 Geneva Auto ShowJust 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.