A retractable roof top box provides cargo space when all six seats are in use. Picture: Supplied
A retractable roof top box provides cargo space when all six seats are in use. Picture: Supplied

Forgotten your key? Just use your fingerprint to start SUV

NISSAN'S Xmotion concept was one of the stars of the Detroit motor show overnight, previewing fingerprint-recognition technology that would allow drivers to start a car without a key.

Nissan says the chunky concept revealed at the show is "a design exploration for a potentially groundbreaking compact SUV, building on the company's long history of cutting-edge crossovers and SUVs".

The Xmotion (pronounced cross motion) uses a three-row layout with the seats separated by a wooden centre console inspired by traditional Japanese crafts that extends the length of the prototype.

The "4+2" layout has the third row seats reserved for children or pets with a retractable rooftop box to carry cargo when all seats are in use.

A wooden “bridge” separates the seats in the Nissan Xmotion concept. Picture: Supplied.
A wooden “bridge” separates the seats in the Nissan Xmotion concept. Picture: Supplied.

Nissan says the design "fuses Japanese culture and traditional craftsmanship with American-style utility and new-generation Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology".

That tech extends to seven screens in the cockpit - five across the front of the car, one in the centre console and another on the Xmotion's roof. The displays can be controlled by gesture, voice or eye movement.

The outer two screens show a camera-projected image of each side of the car, eliminating the need for conventional side mirrors and highlighting the SUV's blocks shape. That stance is reinforced by flared wheel arches and aggressive off-road rubber wrapped around 21-inch alloy wheels.

A fingerprint scanner is used to identify the driver and start the vehicle, at which point a virtual personal assistant - in the form of a koi fish - appears on the centre screen.

The Xmotion’s blocks looks are bolstered by chunky 21-inch alloy wheels. Picture: Supplied.
The Xmotion’s blocks looks are bolstered by chunky 21-inch alloy wheels. Picture: Supplied.

At 4.6m long, the Xmotion is similarly sized to the X-Trail but the 85mm longer wheelbase would put it between that vehicle and the Pathfinder in the Nissan range.

There's no mention of what engine or level of autonomous driving the Xmotion employs.



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