Even as Cadillac was showcasing its Urban Luxury Concept hybrid design, rival Nissan was busy as well at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a new concept green car of its own. The Ellure, as the automaker calls it, is a hybrid idea described as the sedan re-imagined.
The drivetrain of Nissan’s Ellure concept design “is conceived as a supercharged 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control (one motor/two clutch design with lithium-ion battery) and 25 kW electric motor, matched with an Xtronic CVT and front-wheel drive.” As Nissan envisions it, the Ellure, under the hood, would also sport an independent suspension, regenerative braking, and advanced drive-by-wire electric/hydraulic steering.
All images in this galley via Nissan
The Ellure, from a visual perspective, certainly looks sharp. Besides a full glass roof, the concept hybrid sports large 90-degree opening doors with rear-hinged rear doors for full panoramic interior access. On the interior, Nissan says the instrument panel design flows from door-to-door, seamlessly integrating with the door panels and blending into the lounge-like rear seat. It hosts touch interfaces that would display information in a two-level layout, with information arranged by priority of use.
Of particular pride to Nissan in this design as well is the “floating” center console, said to have “a sculptural, see-through effect, white leather covering and backlit red nighttime lighting.” A console-mounted central controller provides intuitive control for HVAC, audio, navigation and other functions.
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