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Nissan Hi-Cross Concept Signals Future of Crossover SUVs

By Jeff Youngs, December 03, 2012
Bigger than the Nissan Rogue but smaller than the Nissan Murano, the Nissan Hi-Cross Concept introduced to audiences at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show signals the future design direction for the automaker's family of crossover SUVs.

Beyond the new styling themes, the Hi-Cross Concept also provides a glimpse of Nissan's new gas-electric hybrid powertrain technology, a compact yet powerful new drivetrain that saves enough space to allow Nissan to install three rows of seats in this model.

Pairing a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor powered by a Lithium-ion battery pack, the new "one-motor/two-clutch" gas-electric hybrid system can disengage the gasoline engine for low-speed, electric-only travel and when the Hi-Cross is coasting or braking to a stop. The system is designed for use in front- and all-wheel-drive models.

With both the Nissan Rogue and Nissan Murano due for redesigns, one or both of these models is likely to incorporate design and engineering from the Hi-Cross Concept vehicle.

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