Every year around this time we always have so much to cover but this year is special. This year Nissan revealed their Xmotion Concept, an earth-shattering compact SUV, further increasing their hold on the SUV market. Here’s everything you need to know.

The six-passenger, three-row concept takes the modern looks from Japanese culture and fuses them with American-like craftsmanship. It’s a perfect blend of the western and eastern cultures it draws inspiration from. Inside the Xmotion is where the magic happens. At first glance, you may think it’s a little over the top, but we can assure you that the Xmotion’s design was no accident. Every aspect of the design has a purpose.

The Xmotion concept may look a little over the top at first, but like we previously said, everything in this vehicle has a purpose. The futuristic-looking exterior features headlamps shaped like the letter U, and can we talk about that grill? We love where the design is going and would like to see these changes in next year’s lineup.

It’s riding on massive 21-inch aluminum alloy wheels with some pretty rugged looking tires. The aggressive design of the wheels and tires contrast the futuristic design of the exterior perfectly. In addition to the good looks, the Xmotion concept features a retractable roof used to create more storage space while on the road.

When you first step into the Xmotion concept you may notice the three-rows of seating. This is Nissan’s new “4+2” layout, which features side by side seating rather than bench seating like most vehicles built today. This is all thanks to the Xmotion’s long wheelbase and location of the wheels and tires. You may have noticed just how far they have been pushed into each corner of the vehicle. Like we said before everything has a purpose in the Xmotion concept.

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When was the last time you saw real wood in a Nissan? The Xmotion concept has raised the bar and given us expectations to meet come the near future. The center console features a traditional Japanese wood joinery technique called kanawa tsugi. It’s often found in religious shrines and temples. The instrument cluster design is based on another traditional wood joinery called kigumi. The design offers a feeling of safety, the structure feels and looks robust and sturdy.

Inside the Xmotion are seven screens. No matter where you’re looking there’s probably a screen not too far. This includes multiple screens in the instrument cluster, as well as screens in the ceiling, and center console display. Here’s the kicker, you can control the infotainment system and other displays with eye movements, gestures, and voice commands. The folks over at Nissan want you to focus on driving, that means every feature needs to be safely accessible while you’re driving 75 Mph on the freeway. In addition to controlling your car with simple eye movements and gestures you can also used the advanced graphical user interface to make changes while on the road. We’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the capabilities of the Xmotion the further we get into the NAIAS.

Learn more about Nissan‘s vision below.

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