Geneva 2014 : Nissan news
At the Geneva Motor Show Nissan brought together its range of fully updated crossovers for the first time and displayed alongside the new Juke, X-Trail and Qashqai. The company also unveiled its BladeGlider concept car – a European first – and confirmed the production start-up of the NV200, its first all-electric LCV. Nissan also caused a stir with the European launch of its supercar, the GT-R Nismo.
When it arrived a little more than three years ago, the Nissan Juke used innovation to create a whole new market segment. Just as the Nissan Qashqai pioneered the original crossover market, the Juke reached 420,000 sales in 3 years. In 2014, Juke presents at Geneva Motorshow its new look.
Updating the Juke's exterior design presented a double challenge: to make the car look significantly different while at the same time maintaining its characteristic styling. At the front, the upper lamps were designed to give them a boomerang shape.The grille incorporates the brand's new chrome-plated V signature. At the rear, the bumper has a more sporty design.
The main interior changes have been made to the shape of the trunk area in two-wheel drive models to boost luggage space by an impressive 40 per cent, taking the overall capacity to a class-leading 354. Versatility is further enhanced with flat folding rear seat, making it easier to load large objects, while the inclusion of a two-stage floor in the luggage area makes the space even more flexible.
Three engines are available for new Juke: the existing and acclaimed 1.5 dCi diesel with 110ps (81kW) dCi 110, the Alliance-developed 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol engine and the existing 1.6 DIG-T petrol optionally available on 4WD with a new Xtronic transmission gearbox which further improves fuel efficiency, acceleration and all-round performance.
An extensive new personalisation packs include the opportunity to add drama with brightly coloured inserts which completely change the look and feel of the wheels. Different packs also allow contrasting colours to be applied to the mirror caps, side sills, roof spoiler and door handles. Interior personalisation packs and features are also available to color the centre console, door trims and other elements in red, white, black or even a bright yellow.
Now fully integrated into Nissan's crossover range, the all-new X-Trail combines advanced 4x4 capabilities with a host of design and engineering features that have become hallmarks of Nissan crossovers. The new model also introduces a number of innovative new-to-sector technologies such as bi-LED headlamps, Nissan Safety Shield and a fully-integrated third-generation Nissan Connect navigation and infotainment system.
Built on the Renault-Nissan Alliance Common Module Family platform, the all-new X-Trail also offers significantly improved practicality, with a new ‘theatre-style' seating layout, sliding second row of seats and fully-integrated third row of seats with improved leg and headroom.
Nissan introduce e-NV200, with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs. The e-NV200's high performance pure electric drivetrain, based on that used in the acclaimed Nissan LEAF, is allied to the class-leading cargo volume of theNV200 to create a practical and versatile vehicle capable of carrying people or goods while producing neither exhaust emissions nor noise pollution. When sales start in May, e-NV200 will be available as a van or as a five-seat people carrier in Combi or more luxurious Evalia guises.
Making its European debut in production form, the Nissan GT-R Nismo is the fastest and most advanced Nissan performance production car ever. Honed to perfection on the legendary Nürburgring Norsdschleife - where it holds the lap record for a volume production car - the new GT-R Nismo delivering breathtaking performance. The new GT-R Nismo is powered by a 600PS, 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine that has been extensively modified by Nismo engineers. Combined with a revised aerodynamic package that generates an additional 100kg of downforce the latest GT-R has bespoke suspension set-up fine-tuned in Europe.
Nissan BladeGlider concept
Shown to a European audience for the first time at Geneva, the bold new BladeGlider concept challenges conventional thinking on performance car design. Inspired by Nissan's innovative ZEOD RC Zero Emission on Demand race car - set to take part in the 2014 Le Mans 24hr race under the event's ‘Garage 56' rules - the BladeGlider features radical narrow front-track design layout that creates a distinctive swept-wing shape when viewed from above. Featuring perfect weight distribution thanks to the placement of the lithium ion batteries and in-board motors between the rear wheels, the BladeGlider optimizes power delivery with significantly reduced stresses at the front of the vehicle.
New Nissan Qashqai
The striking new Qashqai is 47mm longer than the current model and fractionally lower and wider, giving it a sleek, poised stance while maintaining the crossover style, compact dimensions and raised driving position. The Qashqai is packed full of innovative technology. It offers drivers a comprehensive suite of advanced technology features enhancing every aspect of driving. Nissan's Safety Shield technologies now incorporate Forward Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert and Traffic Sign Recognition along with several other vital driver aids, while Intelligent Park Assist takes the stress out of urban manoeuvres.
The innovation continues with the new Qashqai's powertrain range. Every engine applies start and stop technology in combination with downsize turbocharged engines, emissions and fuel consumption while maintaining excellent performance with class-leading CO₂ emissions - from only 99g/km. Efficiency is further enhanced by an extensive mass reduction programme, resulting in 40kg weight loss on some models despite the extensive addition of new equipment.