Nissan will show off its BladeGlider concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show, stacked with features it thinks will define the future of motoring.
Nissan says that the BladeGlider is "more than a concept", but don't expect to see it on the roads any time soon. The all-electric roadster includes some pretty forward-thinking designs, a few of which might raise the price tag a little too much for the average buyer.
The seats, for example, are arranged in a one-two configuration, with the driver sitting alone in the centre of the front row and two passengers in the rear. Opening either Lamborghini-style door slides the driver's seat to the side for easy access.
The BladeGlider shares its basic electric drivetrain concept with the Nissan Leaf, the company's first mass production all-electric vehicle. The BladeGlider uses two rear-wheel electric motors rather than the single front-wheel motor in the Leaf, though, which should mean better performance and handling.
The car's sharply pointed nose means the track of its front wheels is much smaller than the rears; this would cause a regular car to dive during cornering, but the BladeGlider's twin motors should be able to distribute power smoothly to prevent this. Lots of carbon-fibre bodywork and a lightweight lithium-ion battery pack mean the BladeGlider is light, greatly improving energy efficiency per kilometre versus the Leaf and heavier electrics like the.
The car will be displayed for the first time at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show at the end of November, and Nissan says that it wants to eventually produce it in some form for widespread production.