Nissan to showcase crossover Kicks, pickup Navara, Vmotion concept at Shanghai Auto Show
The 17th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition is expected to see electric cars and self-driving concept vehicles from all the automakers participating.autos Updated: Apr 19, 2017 12:43 IST
Nissan Motor Co on Wednesday unveiled two new production models – a crossover Kicks and a pickup Navara -- and a concept Nissan Vmotion 2.0, to be showcased at the Shanghai Auto Show which opens for the public on Friday.
The crossover Kicks is developed by the Renault Nissan Alliance on the same platform as the Renault-Dacia Duster, and is said to be twin model of the Renault Kaptur crossover.
“It features characteristics important to the “Dare to Dream” generation born in China after 1990, including their focus on modernism and a passion for well-designed products,” the company said.
The crossover Kicks is expected to enter the Indian market too, where it may sit above the SUV Terrano in the Nissan portfolio.
The Navara is a tall five-seater pickup with Nissan’s signature V-motion grille. The Navara will be the “first of its kind in China”, the company said, adding that it will deliver top performance and power through a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Nissan will manufacture Navara for the Chinese market at Nissan’s Chinese joint venture company, Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co Ltd.
Nissan will also showcase a sharply-sculpted futuristic concept crossover called the Vmotion 2.0 at the Shanghai Auto Show. The company aims to create “a seamless mobility experience” using “a high sense of style, emotional design, space, supreme comfort and technology”in the Vmotion 2.0.
The company also put forth its autonomous driving concept ProPILOT in the Vmotion 2.0.
Besides, Nissan Motor Co will also showcase the updated Nissan X-Trail, of which a plug-in hybrid is also available in global markets including India.
The 17th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition is expected to see electric cars and self-driving concept vehicles from all the automakers participating. The Beijing pollution emergency and the growing demand for SUVs has forced automakers in China to find a middle ground towards business with sustenance.
Many automakers including Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, GM and Ford are looking forward to introducing new hybrids and electrics in the Chinese market.
First Published: Apr 19, 2017 11:55 IST