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Nissan has Another Weird Sedan Concept on the Way

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On: Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 1:17PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan has Another Weird Sedan Concept on the Way

Usually a Nissan sedan concept car wouldn't be interesting enough to intrigue us more than a month before its debut. But Nissan has been on a role of wildly styled concepts of late, not least of which is the recent Bladeglider, a triangular, electric arrow that totally rethinks what a car is all about. While the concept Nissan has planned for the upcoming Beijing Auto Show doesn't look quite that radical, it does appear to have some flair of its own.

"Last year at Auto Shanghai 2013, Nissan unveiled the Friend-ME concept, attracting attention from both the media and the Chinese “Post-80s” generation through its provocative design and connectivity features," Nissan says. "This year at Auto China 2014, Nissan will reveal a new sedan concept for the Chinese digital lifestyle. The concept expresses Nissan’s passion and focus in the world’s most dynamic auto market."

In the teaser video below, Nissan hints that the new sedan concept will share inspiration from not only the Friend-Me, but the Resonance small crossover from last year's Detroit auto show and the Sport Sedan Concept from this year's Detroit show. The Sport Sedan was said to be a predecessor to an upcoming Maxima update, so perhaps the new sedan will show an evolved preview of the next Maxima.

If it follows closely behind those others, expect a lot of unnecessary curves, sculpts, and lines that don't really combine into a cohesive-looking automobile. Based on the teaser, it's clear the latest concept shares the V-shaped headlamps with its predecessors, so we fear it probably shares the busy body styling, too. Hopefully the fourth time is the charm, and Nissan will be able to smooth out its design language into something more refined. The past concept cars looked busy just for the sake of being different, more like something a design student was experimenting with than a major global manufacturer.

The new sedan concept will be the second collaboration between NissanDesign China (NDC), Nissan’s newest global design center, and the Nissan Global Design Center (NGDC) under the leadership and direction of Nissan Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura. The Friend-Me was the first.

In addition to the new concept car, Nissan will debut the Bladeglider in China and will show its Autonomous Drive car, among more standard showings.

Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Nissan Design in the teaser video below:


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