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Datsun XLink Concept: Compact 4Door-Coupe-Crossover Hybrid Study

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In today's automotive world where cross segment models are more the norm rather than the exception, a compact sized car that combines elements from sedans, hatchbacks, coupes and SUVs sounds like a good idea. The problem with cross segment models is that most vehicles of this sort have messed up proportions. Luckily that's not the case with the Datsun XLink study that was developed at Nissan Yulon Design Center by Pforzheim University student Benjamin Nawka.

The German car design student's goal with the XLink was to interpret a possible re-introduction of Nissan's Datsun brand, with the first C-segment four-door coupe crossover. According to Benjamin's thesis, the XLink can seat four passengers, has a 380 liter trunk and is powered by a Two-Mode Diesel Hybrid. The car's design is inspired by aircraft -hence the front and rear winglets- and architecture. Another feature of the XLink is the height adjustable chassis that allows the driver to convert the car into a crossover with a touch of a button. -Continued

If it were to enter production today, Benjamin says that the Datsun XLink would compete against brands like Scion, Mini and Alfa Romeo. While we'd have to disagree with the re-introduction of the Datsun brand into the automotive scene, the XLink sounds like a pretty good idea overall. Maybe someone at Nissan should take a closer look at this concept.














Image Courtesy: Benjamin Nawka , Via: Carbodydesign


9 Comments:

Anonymous said... »July 28, 2008

that is a special kind of ugly. i mean...wow, that's...yeah those proportions aren't messed up at all. ah concept cars, gotta love'em.

Steven98 said... »July 31, 2008

it's beautiful! and i just love the idea of reintroducing the datsun brand. really nice job!

SoCalRacer said... »August 03, 2008

Sweeeet! Nissan should build it. Amazing car!

HonDay said... »August 12, 2008

Wonderful! At least, Nissan builds one handsome car ... 'Anonymous' has no feeling of cars design. Proportions are great - clean and modern. Would prefer it to any Toyota or Scion.

ChinaRacer said... »August 19, 2008

Hi! I'm from China and Datsun should sell this car over here - it looks super good and I like all of it. Whoever this Mr. Nawka is - he did a great job!

CessnaX said... »August 19, 2008

Great job! Sadly, Nissan will never build it I guess...

CAWuKim said... »August 20, 2008

Yeah, altough it looks feasible. More attractive than Scion. Even with a Nissan badge probably a sales success. I don't see messed up proportions. Ok, it's not spectacular, but money rules and designers need to know how to deal with that. Overall a very nice proposal.

Anonymous said... »December 08, 2009

Solid proposal, but I would give two lines: one crossover-height and one sedan-height. The last "push-button" feature was the only unmarketable-sounding idea to me. People would probably even buy it if Datsun produced it, but I think Nissan would do well to have it under its name. The younger generations who would be more likely to buy this vehicle would not recognize the Datsun name unless they're historians like me...haha.

HonDay said... »July 15, 2011

Wonderful! At least, Nissan builds one handsome car ... 'Anonymous' has no feeling of cars design. Proportions are great - clean and modern. Would prefer it to any Toyota or Scion.

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