Nissan sees potential in fresh SUV in addition to crossover sizes
Nissan’s Gripz concept car was unveiled at the recent Frankfurt motor show
Nissan product planning chief Philippe Klein doesn’t rule out a sub-Juke crossover within the future, as he tells Autocar there are still “spaces” to explore
The industry can be “not at the end of the innovation era” in finding fresh types in addition to sizes of SUVs in addition to crossovers, according to Nissan product planning chief Philippe Klein.
Nissan has long innovated with production cars such as the Qashqai in addition to Juke in addition to concepts like the Gripz, which combines a Z-style sports car which has a tiny compact crossover Centeng.
“We’re looking at what to find,” Klein told Autocar. “There are lots of potential variations.”
Klein said crossovers were at their best when “solving a contradiction the customer has in their mind”, pointing to the likes of the Qashqai in addition to Juke in having been successful for mixing higher driving positions, safety, economy in addition to driving dynamics. “We need to continue exploring,” he said.
Klein added in which the idea of a crossover smaller than the Juke was “an interesting question”.
“The question can be not always cost nevertheless value,” he said. “We’re a sustainable business in addition to have to hit customers for a long time. I have no Great answer… [on a smaller SUV] nevertheless there are places to go. How big are those places?”
“Roominess can be a fundamental part of a vehicle. If you go to the extreme tiny, you have to be careful of the trade-off.”
Klein added in which Nissan’s CMF platform was flexible at accommodating different Centeng types in addition to in manufacturing, with value efficiency the main consideration on any fresh product.
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