The Nissan Qazana which was revealed at the 2009 Geneva
Motor Show is a funky all-wheel-drive soft-roader which
provided a glimpse into the future for Nissan styling.
Nissan has hinted that the styling of the Qazana could
provide the basis for a small crossover vehicle which
would slot in under the Qashqai in the model line up.
"The Qazana concept is an intelligent, all-wheel
drive crossover which is masculine, agile, lean, and designed
for the tough city streets. Our team at Nissan Design
Europe in London realised this image with the motif of
a modern day beach buggy and four-seat motorbike,"
explains Atsushi Maeda, Studio Chief Designer, Nissan
The curvaceous and rounded forms which make up the exterior
styling of the Nissan Qazana are refreshingly unique and
give the concept a friendly and fun persona. At a time
when many vehicles display aggressive and sinister styling
elements the designers at Nissan have chosen to imbue
the Qazana with a bubbly and inviting character. However
the designers have also managed to successfully create
a vehicle which appeals to both sexes and different age
Although it appears at first glance to be a two-door coupé,
the Qazana has a further pair of rear-hinged half doors
to ease access to the rear seats. All the doors are electrically
operated and for safety reasons the rear pair can only
be opened once the front doors have been opened.
The interior of the Nissan Qazana concept has been designed
to mirror the exterior design thanks to a clever interplay
between hard and soft materials. Rather than being completely
enveloped in leather for example, elements of the lightweight
carbon fibre seat structure are on permanent view, appearing
to have 'broken through' the covering. The centre portion
of the backrests features a mesh material, allowing fresh
air to circulate around the occupants.
Like the seats, the metal sections of the centre console
seem to have forced their way through the leather covering
while the internal door-frame is part exposed so that
the door pull appears to be hewn from solid metal. Adding
further to the mechanical feel of the interior, the shape
of the centre console and armrest has been inspired by
the fuel tank and seat of a sports motorcycle.
The dashboard is dominated by a centrally mounted screen.
As well as doubling as a navigation display, it will deliver
vital information relating to Nissan's next generation
fully electronic ALL MODE four-wheel drive with torque
vectoring system and other advanced technical processes
found on board, including integrated communications systems.
Using an intuitive touch-screen interface, the driver
will be able to adjust the air-conditioning and other
key vehicle settings.
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