The Nissan Bevel which went on show at the 2007 North
American International Auto Show in Detroit was, as Nissan
put it, "a dynamic, multi-purpose vehicle
one designed to enhance every activity, every opportunity.
But unlike currently available sport utility vehicles
or minivans, which emphasize passenger needs and comfort,
the advanced Bevel Concept's focus is placed strictly
on the primary user male empty-nesters actively
engaged in hobbies, recreation and community service."
The Nissan Bevel was designed at Nissan Design America,
Inc. (NDA) in La Jolla, California. "We see an opportunity
to expand the range and values of the utility vehicle
world," said Bruce Campbell, vice president design,
NDA. "In the future, we envision "genres"
where each product will be more dedicated and more focused,
with the vehicles being much closer to the multi-dimensional
aspects of the target buyers."
The Nissan Bevel was designed for the 'everyday hero',
men aged between 45 - 60 with active lifestyles and hobbies,
who don't require a pickup, but storage space which is
an extension of their toolboxes, workshops and garages.
The Nissan Bevel concept features an asymmetrical exterior
with a long driver's side door which pivots on a special
hinge designed for ease of entry and exit. A large driver's
side window aids visibility. The driver's side rear body
panel is solid, except for a narrow, horizontal upper
On the passenger side of the Nissan Bevel's body are two
doors, with the rear door hinged at the rear to provide
an exceptionally wide door opening of nearly five-and-a-half
feet (67.3 inches)
Other features of the Nissan Bevel exterior include hidden
LCD headlights and projector fog lamps, a glass/solar
panel roof, LCD taillights integrated into the tailgate
surround and hidden under the paint, breakaway fiber-optic
side cameras in place of traditional sideview mirrors,
a recessed rear license plate holder, hidden exhaust outlets
and touch-sensitive door release keypads mounted in the
door window glass.
The interior of the Nissan Bevel is organised into three
specific zones. The first zone is the comfort zone (driver's
area), with a comfortable, rich leather-clad fixed seat.
A section of the driver's side floor is connected to and
moves out with the driver's door.
The second interior zone of the Nissan Bevel concept is
the "command central" information/technology
zone, designed to connect the driver with the Bevel and
the outside world. The information-centric, fully digital
instrument panel features a series of screens. Side LCD
monitors, located on the outer edges of the instrument
panel, display images from the sideview mirror cameras.
The third Bevel zone is the utility/pet zone. Bevel's
flexible seating includes lightweight, aluminum-frame
fold-flat front passenger and rear bench seat. Because
they are likely to be kept in the folded position most
of the time, the seat surfaces themselves are very simple
yet durable, and the backsides of the seats are covered
with the same material as the rear cargo area floor, creating
one large, seamless front-to-rear utility surface. The
flooring itself is constructed from laminated recycled
walnut, creating an extremely hard, workbench-like surface.
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