One of the cars we were eagerly anticipating to see at this year’s Detroit Motor Show was the new Nissan Sport Sedan Concept. Now it’s been revealed, and if we’re honest, it turned out to be a bit of a letdown. First, it doesn’t look particularly pretty, and secondly, it is front-wheel-drive.
So Nissan is still not ready to let go its eco-minded part and come up with a true, proper sports sedan. They have given this car a 300-plus horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, backed by a sport-tuned Xtronic CVT, and high-performance suspension, and then thought it’d be a good idea to make it front-wheel-drive. Which is wrong.
Come to think of it, Nissan has been making 300-hp, front-drive sedans for ages. The name Maxima V6 may ring a bell here. So what is the point of this one, we don’t know. They keep banging on about the styling, and how its low, wide proportions, with a lowered hoodline and reduced ground clearance, make it sporty.
They also boast about the floating roof, which is achieved by painting the pillars black. Nissan Sport Sedan Concept rides on custom 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with low-profile 275/30R21 tires. The Concept also introduces a new color called Strad Amber.
The interior of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept is more interesting, as it features premium materials and diamond-shaped graphics on the quilted seats, stitching and panels. They say it is inspired by modern furniture and accessories. The cabin also features high-contrast colors and facet metallic accents.