Last year, beginning with the Geneva motor show in March and continuing with the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, Nissan displayed a new concept model named the Hi Cross for a compact SUV.
Officially, Nissan said the Hi Cross offers a look at its new design language in the crossover segment.
However, due to its dimensions and the fact that the Japanese carmaker showed it on both sides of the Atlantic, we believe it may preview a common successor for the X-Trail, sold in Europe, Japan and other parts of the world, and the Rogue that is offered in North America.
While the above have yet to be confirmed from Nissan execs, China's Auto Sohu discovered patent images of the production version of the Hi Cross concept.
The renderings suggest that the exterior styling of the new model remains faithful to the study, which measures 183.4 inches (4,660mm) long, 72.8 inches (1,850mm) wide and 65.7 inches (1,670mm) tall, riding on a 109.4-inch (2,780mm) wheelbase.
In concept guise, the Hi Cross offers seating for seven passengers in three seats and is powered by a hybrid drivetrain coupling a 2.0-liter four-cylinder direct injection gasoline engine to a CVT, an electric motor and a compact lithium-ion battery.