While the Nissan Invitation concept clearly previews the 2013 Nissan Note, the Hi-Cross concept from the same carmaker is an equally believable early presentation of the next generation Qashqai, X-Trail and Murano.
What is the Nissan Hi-Cross?
The concept car itself is a crossover with a serious focus on design, Smooth, curved lines mean the silhouette of the car is very similar to most of the crossover-SUV sector, but features like the swooping bonnet, the almost-V-shaped grille and headlight shape are also touches likely to go into production on Nissan models of the near future.
Both two and four-wheel drive variants are being suggested by Nissan, but with a more road than off-road bias, which could be argued as perfectly acceptable replacements for the current Qashqai, Murano and X-Trail.
However, Nissan is gunning for the larger car market here, with seven and five-seat options. And the manufacturer will be looking to replicate the Qashqai’s success in the medium car sector by stealing sales from well-established firms such as Ford (Mondeo) and Vauxhall (Insignia).
What engine is the Nissan Hi-Cross likely to use?
With this being more of a design concept, there’s been little talk of the powertrain. However, we’d expect a 2.0-litre diesel to be the most appropriate of engine additions for when it does eventually launch in one guise or another, along with smaller-capacity diesel and petrol offerings.
When can I buy one?
Whatever the Hi-Cross appears as in the future, 2013 looks like the earliest we’ll be seeing the production model.
How much will it cost?
The Qashqai currently starts from just over £16k, and the X-Trail at £25k, so it depends on what is replaced and where the Hi-Cross fits into the current Nissan range.
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