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The Hi-Cross Concept was unveiled in front of a packed media audience at the Geneva Motor Show today. It is described as a preview for a possible new design direction that will extend to the Juke, Qashqai and Murano portfolio, however it is believed to be directly previewing the new generation X-Trail SUV.

It features a hybrid powertrain that couples an electric motor with a 2.0-liter direct injection petrol unit that is said to offer performance specifications of a 2.5-liter engine. Albeit with the fuel economy and emissions figures of a much smaller unit.

It is also equipped with Nissan's XTRONIC continuously variable transmission and the drivetrain has also be developed to work with both front-wheel and four-wheel drive system.

The exterior styling begins with the V-shaped grille that seamlessly integrates the headlights into the design and the smooth styling lines add a feeling of finesse rather than agression. Inside the cabin, we see a very futurstic design that is dominated by an electronic touch-screen control system that lies in the central area of the dashboard. Unfortunately, most of this area is most likely just for show as no specific details have been released.

See the press release below for further details.

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