One of Nissan’s automotive offerings at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is an interesting crossover SUV hybrid concept. It is known as the Hi-Cross.
The Nissan Hi-Cross Concept, according to the automaker, marries “an electric motor – powered by a Nissan-developed compact lithium-ion battery – with a 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engine” that reportedly can “provide the performance potential of a 2.5-litre with the economy and emissions expected from a much smaller unit.”
The hybrid drivetrain in this concept is based on new technology developed by Nissan for front-wheel drive models, but modified to provide four-wheel drive, the automaker said. It makes use of battery technology developed for the Leaf, and in city driving the petrol engine can be disengaged completely with the clutch for zero emissions driving.
A seven seat cockpit on the inside of this vehicle is focused around a T-wing shaped dashboard and spread out with three rows of seats. Nissan believes this type of configuration makes for a highly efficient interior. The Hi-Cross is seen as a possible expansion of Nissan’s current Juke-Qashqai-Murano portfolio and was created in Japan.
A crossover SUV like this, if developed beyond just concept stage, would bring a much need green car aspect to a growing auto market segment currently mostly lacking eco innovation.