Nissan Hi-Cross Concept revealed

6 Mar, 2012 9:00am Julie Sinclair

The Nissan Hi-Cross concept has been revealed at Geneva, previewing a sleeker new X-Trail

The new Nissan X-Trail has made its debut in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show.

It’s called the Nissan Hi-Cross, and it’s easy to see that the new X-Trail will be far sleeker than the old model.

Video: Watch official footage of the Hi-Cross Concept

As the name suggests, it’s a high-riding crossover concept, offering a more efficient use of space – with three rows of seats and room for seven passengers – plus a greater emphasis on car-like driving dynamics and ride comfort. However, it will still be able to cut it in the rough stuff, thanks to full-time four-wheel drive.

Bold styling also includes larger wheelarches, a pronounced swoop to the front wings and narrower windows with a distinctive angular C-pillar.

The Hi-Cross features a hybrid powertrain that borrows battery technology from the Leaf, and couples a fast-charging electric motor with a 2.0-litre direct injection petrol unit, which Executive Vice President Andy Palmer claims will “offer the performance of a 2.5-litre engine, but with the fuel consumption and emissions figures of a much smaller unit”.

A production version of the Hi-Cross will be revealed early next year, with sales set to start in autumn 2013.