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Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept: Detroit Auto Show

What Is It?

The Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept shows off the potential future of Nissan’s sedans. Featuring a modern, low-slung, sporty look with a host of futuristic touches, the Vmotion 2.0 Concept is about the size of the brand’s Maxima sedan — and it reveals what future models may look like.

Like most concept cars, the most striking thing about the Vmotion 2.0 is its styling: It features a lot of sharp creases and angles that give it a more futuristic look than anything on the road today. Helping its futuristic case is the fact that the Vmotion 2.0 doesn’t have any door handles or mirrors, seemingly proving its concept-car status beyond a doubt.

Getting inside the Vmotion involves opening the traditional front door or an unusual rear-hinged back door, both of which open up to reveal a modern interior finished in wood and leather, with an unusual half-steering wheel in front of the driver, very few buttons, a giant center screen and a host of materials that wouldn’t look out of place in an art gallery or an upscale loft apartment.

Although Nissan hasn’t announced much about the Vmotion’s powertrains or driving experience, the automaker says the giant screens could someday host its “ProPILOT” autonomous driving mode, leaving drivers to grab that half-steering wheel only in rare circumstances — or if they’d prefer to take over.

Will They Ever Sell It?

The Vmotion 2.0 won’t make production in its current state, but there’s no doubt it previews the future of Nissan sedans — from the exterior styling (and particularly the front grille) to the autonomous driving capabilities.

Why It’s Important

The Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept is important because it shows off Nissan’s thinking regarding the future of its cars — and the future of automotive technology. Although Nissan’s sedan designs are already rather forward-thinking (check out the Maxima, for instance), it appears this is the direction the automaker wants to take its models in the future. Perhaps more importantly, the Vmotion 2.0’s arrival — with no discussion of powertrain and with hints of autonomy — show that Nissan likely sees a rapidly approaching future filled with autonomous cars, where technology is more important than specific powertrain or performance details.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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