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Nissan Ellure concept (photos)

Nissan reinvents the sedan with the Ellure concept at the 2010 LA Auto Show.

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Nissan attempts to "redefine the sedan" at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show with the Ellure concept.
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Nissan takes a "kitchen sink" approach to the Ellure's power train, matching a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control and a 25kWh electric motor with an Xtronic CVT sending power to the front wheels. We're not sure even Nissan knows how it works.
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Nissan claims that the Ellure embraces its "sedan-ness" unlike other four-door coupes.
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The Ellure's angular grille was inspired by a Samurai's "Kamishino" formal coat.
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Around back, the Ellure also features the boomerang tail lamps that we've come to expect from Nissan's current design language.
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A nod to traditional Japanese design can also be seen in the Ellure's rear end, which is inspired by a "Torii" Shinto shrine gate.
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Rear-hinged rear doors give the Ellure a wide opening into the cabin.
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The Ellure's paint treatment is "Geode" White tricoat mica paint with pearlescent/gold flakes with a blue aspect that varies in appearance by tone and temperature of light. Fancy.
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Accenting the cabin are red ambient lighting, piping, and accents.
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LED lighting arrays are par for the course when it comes to wild concepts.
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Inside, the Ellure is decked out in a tricolor palette that features "Molten Ice," "Molten Steel," and "Molten Gray." We think we're noticing a pattern.
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The Ellure's glass roof gives the passengers a sense of space.

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