Nissan Hyper Adventure Concept to be displayed digitally at Japan Mobility Show
The SUV concept majors on vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology.
The Japan Mobility Show, which will take place later this month, will be packed with at least one concept vehicle from every Japanese car brand. Toyota, Honda and Suzuki have already revealed their plans for the show and now Nissan has announced that a rugged Adventure SUV concept with EV powertrain will be one of its displays at the event.
Nissan Hyper Adventure concept previews 4X4 EV with future tech
The new Nissan Hyper Adventure concept is an electric 4x4 SUV, previewing new technologies set to feature on the firm’s upcoming EVs. The SUV concept majors on vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology. Some electric cars currently on sale, such as the Kia EV6, already feature vehicle-to-load functionality, which allows the car’s battery to power small appliances such as laptops.
However, the V2X technology could allow the car’s high-capacity battery to become a functional part of the national grid. It could allow for the sale of electricity in the car’s battery back to the national grid amid spikes in demand, or to maintain the supply of electricity to a house during a blackout – increasing the reliability of energy infrastructure. Nissan cites the flexibility that V2X provides in remote areas as a major benefit, claiming it could “sustain electricity needs any time and anywhere while still being respectful of the environment.”
That go-anywhere billing is further reflected in the interior design of the Hyper Adventure, featuring a swivelling rear seat bench that can be configured to face the large tailgate. This allows passengers to exit the car through the boot via a set of retractable steps.
The exterior has been designed to optimise the SUV’s aerodynamics, with a sloping roofline and a rakish Kamm-style rear end. Under the skin, it features Nissan’s e-4orce four-wheel-drive system, boosting traction in challenging conditions.
The Hyper Adventure will be displayed digitally on Nissan’s Tokyo stand alongside the Hyper Urban concept, a sustainability-focused city runaround, and two models that have yet to be revealed.
Nissan Hyper Urban concept: everything you need to know
The striking Hyper Urban has been designed with a number of outlandish features that make "a bold statement while also effectively blending in with its environment", said Nissan. Its bodywork is painted in a special chromatic shade of yellow, for example, that changes colour according to the angle of the light hitting it, while scissor doors feature at the front and rear.
The sleek silhouette has been conceived for optimal aerodynamic efficiency and is equipped with eye-catching wide tyres that "complete the sporty look". Meanwhile, the interior, which is said to be inspired by kaleidoscopic triangles, features a customisable instrument panel and infotainment display – plus front seats that fold into the rear to create a lounge-style sofa arrangement.
Emphasising its sustainability focus, the Hyper Urban can theoretically be kept fully up to date with regular hardware and software updates, even featuring a removable instrument panel that can be swapped out as required for one hosting the latest graphic technology.
The concept is also equipped with vehicle-to-grid charging functionality that can help to balance power flow in peak periods, reducing pressure on the electricity network and allowing the owner to earn money while they charge.
Nissan hasn't specified which of the concept's technological or stylistic attributes will be carried across to next-generation production cars, but clearly the Hyper Urban is more overtly conceptual than last week's 20-23 concept, which previews the future Micra EV.
Apart from the Hyper Adventure and Hyper Urban concepts, Nissan will reveal two more concepts digitally in the run-up to the Tokyo show and is expected to showcase all four cars together on its show stand from October 26. Closer to home, the brand recently launched the Magnite AMT SUV. Read more on that here.
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