By Staff Contributor.
The Resonance concept was created at Nissan Design America in San Diego and features an open, airy architecture highlighted by a unique “floating” roof created through the use of the thin, large full-length glass panel, steeply raked A-pillars and flowing D-pillar design. Inside, the designers imagined what the future of first-class space travel might be: Welcoming yet exclusive and high-tech yet premium. The resulting “VIP lounge,” with its light, buttery leather and premium-stitched seats that exudes genuine sophistication.
Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer had the honor of unveiling the Resonance Concept, stating: “The Resonance concept leads Nissan into a new ‘innovation era’ of smart design and smart technology, ensuring that Nissan will continue its global crossover design leadership for many years to come.”
With its all-wheel drive Resonance concept also features an efficient hybrid electric drivetrain that includes Nissan’s proprietary “one-motor, two-clutch” system, which combines a smaller displacement internal combustion gasoline engine with an electric motor/lithium-ion battery and advanced management system. “The all-new Versa Note, and a future crossover that could look a lot like what you see here with Resonance, are just two of the many future products coming from Nissan,” concluded Palmer. “Nissan welcomes attendees at the show to see what ‘Innovation that excites’ is all about with our new display, our exciting 2013 Nissan model lineup and this special preview of what’s ahead.”
After the unveiling the Nissan Resonance, the vehicle was selected as winner of the EyesOn Design Award for Best Concept Vehicle. The announcement was made at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2013 EyesOn Design Awards ceremony held on January 15.
One of the premier awards in transportation design, the EyesOn Design Awards honors the best production and concept cars making their North American or worldwide debut at NAIAS. In their seventh year, these awards recognize the skill and creativity of today’s most gifted designers in the areas of aesthetics and innovation; concept implementation; and functionality and spirit of industrial design.
(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by Nissan.)