Nissan's New Hi-Cross Hybrid Crossover Concept Could Replace the X-Trail

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Having released only a single teaser image before the Geneva Motor Show, Nissan today lifted the wraps off its Hi-Cross Concept. According to the company, the Hi-Cross shows a possible new design direction for its next crossover which will join the Juke, Qashqai and Murano and most likely replace the X-Trail.

The Hi-Cross measures 4,660mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1,670mm tall. Thanks to its 2,780mm wheelbase, it has three rows of seats and can accommodate up to seven passengers.

The styling is more in line with Nissan’s other crossovers than the rather square X-Trail. The main highlights are the V-shaped grille, the “character line” that stretches from the bonnet to the front wings and continues all the way to the D-pillar, and the distinctive front and rear lights.

Andy Palmer, Nissan's Executive Vice President, commented: "Nissan created the crossover segment with the Murano and has expanded the genre with top selling cars like the Qashqai and Juke. The Hi-Cross Concept shows we are not sitting still, resting on our laurels, but exploring ways of cementing our crossover leadership by exploring new ideas."

While it’s debatable whether the Murano actually “discovered” the crossover segment, Nissan is indeed experimenting with other ideas as the Hi-Cross is powered by hybrid powertrain that combines a 2.0-liter direct injection gasoline engine with a new version of Nissan’s HEV technology.

Initially developed for front-wheel drive vehicles, the HEV system has been modified to provide four-wheel drive by being linked to Nissan’s new XTRONIC continuously variable transmission.

The crossover concept utilizes some of the all-electric technology found in the Leaf, mainly lithium-ion battery pack that is linked to an electric motor. The latter aids the internal combustion engine for maximum performance when needed and allows the Hi-Cross to operate in EV-mode only thus improving its fuel efficiency and minimizing CO2 emissions.