For many automakers, a concept car is is merely a showcase of technologies that consumers can expect to see in the near future. A science project on wheels, if you will. It’s meant to show off what they’re capable of producing down the line. But after the motor show where they show it off, it often disappears into obscurity, only to be seen again as bits of technology in certain production models later on.
Nissan, however, begs to differ as the Japanese carmaker has actually taken a number of its concept cars from the show floor to the showroom. Here are five examples of concept vehicles that have become road going production cars:
1. Nissan Murano (3rd generation, 2014): First seen at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, the 3rd gen Murano took its cue from the Nissan Resonance concept that was seen at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. The concept ushered in such styling cues as the signature V-Motion grille, blacked out D-pillar for that floating roof effect, and that stylish interior—all of which are part of the Murano and now, other Nissan vehicles.
2. Nissan Kicks (Rio de Janeiro, 2016): First seen as the Kicks Concept at the Sao Paulo International Auto Show in 2014, a lot of the show car’s style was translated onto the production version. This included the two-tone color scheme, which has now become a mainstream touch on new cars these days.
3. Nissan LEAF (2nd generation, 2017): Beyond its looks, the IDS concept that debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show paved the way for Electric Vehicle technologies that eventually made their way to the 2nd generation Nissan LEAF. Things like the ePedal or one pedal for both accelerator and brake, personalized settings and environment for drivers and passengers, and the Nissan ProPILOT—all of which are part of Nissan’s premiere EV.
4. Nissan Juke (2nd generation, 2019): It took a good four years for the Nissan Gripz concept to make its way from the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show floor to the second generation Juke that debuted in September of 2019. But the subcompact crossover does feature goodies like ProPILOT, NissanContact, and Bose Personal Plus, which integrates the speakers into places like the driver’s headrest.
5. Nissan Rogue (3rd generation, 2020): It saw life first as the XMotion Concept at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. And while the showpiece had bits like a single boomerang grille and rear hinged doors that never made it to production, its tough yet sophisticated vibe has made its way to the production version. The headlights are of the split-type kind and the doors open the traditional way but can do so up to 90 degrees for easy entry and exit.
These five concepts and their respective production vehicles will soon be joined by yet another model in a couple of weeks’ time. The Nissan Ariya concept that was unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show will enter the scene this July.
What will it bring from the concept car into production? Let’s find out together shall we? Stay tuned.