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Nissan Intima concept car at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show
New interpretation of modern living interiors 

Nissan Intima concept car at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show: front view.

Nissan Intima Concept of a large premium sedan.

APN,
2 November 2007.

On a different track from the muscle flexing GT-R supercar, the Pivo 2 aerobic aspirations, the Round Box convivial sub-compact sports lounge or the cleverly professional NV200 van concept which drew its inspiration from a world-renowned marine biologist and underwater photographer, away from all this diversity, there is a cosier space that Nissan dedicated for luxury and refinement, at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show (27 October to 11 November).

Nissan Intima concept car at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show: top view.

Nissan's Modern Living Concept for car interiors.

Away from diversity? Not really, since the large Intima sedan concept is also part of Nissan's diversity, not just in the brand's products, but also in its structural alliance with Renault, the daring French company which owns 44 percent of Nissan Motor Co. which, in turn, owns also 15 percent of the French carmaker.

In Intima, luxury rises above the fundamentals of diversity, the functional aspects, to get a softer, more exclusive touch of finesse and elegance, two words that the French partner knows too well of course.

It is a new-generation large luxury sedan / saloon concept meant to reflect Nissan's "Modern Living Concept" for car interiors with attractive design, hospitality, relaxation and high quality with high levels of functionality and advanced technology.

The Intima sedan takes the Modern Living Concept into a new dimension of forms, materials and illumination. With the remarkable development that the lighting technologies are showing inside as well as outside modern cars, Intima is Nissan's way of showing how it sees these technologies in its cars.

Nissan Intima
Length 4,980mm
Width 1,840mm
Height 1,450mm
Wheelbase 2,825mm
Seating 4

 

So, Intima is first targeted towards consumers who are attracted to refined elegance and comfort. For example, the instrument panel padding appears to "float" in between the wood grain panels, the centre console incorporates a "wave pattern" and large door armrests and assist grips.

Illumination is another significant relaxing element. Cabin illumination is provided by the indirect lighting incorporated in the instrument panel, centre console, door trim and ceiling, and the door assist grips feature a blue-green acrylic material that gives off a soft light. The inside of the front passenger's door is a lighted storage space for a handbag or other small items.

Nissan Intima concept car at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show: inside photos.

The instrument panel padding appears to float in between the wood grain panels, the centre console incorporates a wave pattern, the cabin illumination is provided by the indirect lighting incorporated in the instrument panel, centre console, door trim and ceiling, and the front passenger seat swivels 80 to the outside to welcome and escort a passenger into the car.

Intima also features a four-zone air conditioning system with independent control of the individual temperature of each seating position through the use of infrared sensors. The system uses a natural grape seed polyphenol filter that neutralises pollen and other allergens. In addition, a cool storage compartment is located in the rear centre console for beverages or snacks.

A very interesting feature is the front passenger seat that swivels approximately 80 to the outside as if to welcome and escort a passenger into the car. Intima's large glass roof, which appears to flow continuously from the car's windscreen, offers all passengers a wide outward view.

The exterior styling matches the interior's allure, with a design that combines sharp-edged lines and organic panel surfaces. Elegance is conveyed though the arching side character line, while the crystal-like appearance of the front and rear lamps, grille and wheels project an image of quality and refinement. The subdued lustre of the chrome finish also contributes to the impression of refined quality imparted by all of the exterior embellishments.

The engine is an environmentally friendly, V6 new-generation clean diesel co-developed with French partner Renault, and will be used in the 2010 Maxima. Safety systems are based on Nissan's Safety Shield concept, including Around View Monitor and Distance Control Assist System (DCAS).

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