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Detroit Auto Show 2017
Nissan's Vmotion 2.0 concept is a bold look at a future AltimaSlick sedan boasts next-gen autonomous hardware, trick audio system.
Compared to the Murano and Maxima, today's Altima is a bit frumpy. It's clothes are a little dowdy next to the sharply tailored suits of Nissan's latest models. But, if this new Vmotion 2.0 concept is anything to go by, the company's next family sedan won't play it nearly as safe. Designed in part to preview the sixth generation Altima, the Vmotion looks a lot more avant-garde. And it hides some pretty slick tech under the sides too. As it's name hints, this show car involves Nissan's corporate demotion design language, taking the web-shape grille of today's Maxima to the next level. Stylists have enlarged the grill until it's more than just an accent, it's the point from which the car's entire design flows, like the crown of a ship. It's an aggressive, not for everybody look with particularly sharp cut lines on the body side. At least for now Nissan's not saying what powers the Motion 2.0, but it is highlighting its next generation Pro Pilot self driving hardware. The Japanese auto maker says this tech with ultimately allow future models to drive autonomously in cities, not just on open freeways. And that big Nissan badge up front, it glows to warn pedestrians and motorists when the car is in self driving mode. The V-Motions quilted leather cabin looks inviting. And it's minimalist central console includes a touchpad, suggesting a break from Nissan's touchscreen infotainment interfaces of current models. As you'd expect of a modern show car, the dashboard is nearly all screen. Another neat bit of kit, the Bose Near Field speakers, which localize sound cues like directions and Bluetooth calls so that only specific occupants hear them. That left turn signal? The driver will hear it chime in their left ear so nobody else has to be bothered. Of course, the next Altima will probably look a lot more restrained than this. You can forget about show car staples like the concept center open doors, yoke steering wheel, and full-length center console. But, even if it's dialed back to be less edgy than today's Maxima, Nissan's next gen Altima figures to be a lot more assertive and a lot techier.