Nissan unveils electric vehicle concept on February 2
NISSAN will unveil an as-yet-unidentified concept car on its YouTube channel on February 2 at 12 p.m. AEDT.
It says it will “[take] zero-emission mobility to the max” and a placeholder image similar to the previously revealed Max-Out concept, renderings of which have been released all the way back in november 2021.
Since Nissan says join it “to see what happens when virtual becomes physical”, so the concept could be a physical manifestation of those renderings.
The Max-Out is called an “ultra-light” convertible concept that promises a very low center of gravity, a confined wheelchair body and “superior stability and comfort”.
It’s a two-seater, although Nissan says you can “transform” the seats. For example, the passenger seat can be folded flat.
Just like the Surf-Out ute and Hang-Out MPV/crossover concepts also previewed in 2021, the Max-Out is said to use a new architecture with a proprietary, dynamic all-solid-state battery (ASSB). advanced dual-engine e-4ORCE all-wheel drive and Advanced ProPilot driver assistance features.
Nissan says it is aiming to put the ASSB into trial production as early as fiscal year 2024 before launching it to market in fiscal 2028.
This is just one part of an overall 2 trillion yen (AUD24.6 billion) investment in electrification it announced in 2021.
Of the three -Out concepts, the Max-Out seems the least likely to be produced due to the declining market for convertibles. However, Nissan may be looking to introduce a new electric model.
The concept’s name evokes the Maxima, Nissan’s flagship sedan in the North American market since 1981. The current 2015 classic is still sold there, ahead of the Altima.
It’s been almost 12 months since Nissan also teased a pair of electric passenger cars it plans to build in the US from 2025: one Nissan, the other Infiniti.
It’s unclear when these will eventually be revealed. Infiniti in particular is in dire need of new products – in addition to the relatively new QX50, QX55 and QX60 crossovers, it also has the venerable QX80 SUV, the dying Q60 coupe and the nearly decade-old Q50.
Nissan’s luxury brand doesn’t have electric cars either, although it has teased future electric vehicles with a series of concepts.