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2010 Los Angeles Auto Show: Nissan Ellure Concept Car

 
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2011 Nissan Ellure Concept

At the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan has unveiled a concept design that points the way toward some of its next-generation sedan models—even though Nissan swears that its Ellure show car is not “intended as preview of any upcoming production model,” in the words of Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s chief creative officer.

Instead, it’s “an expression of [Nissan’s] long-term vision for the next generation of sedans,” and one that has “an emotive, almost hidden ambience that comes to life after dark” despite the sedan’s “unmatched daytime functionality.”

Vampire sedan?

Nissan has a long history of doing compact-to-midsize sedans right in broad daylight, with its sporty Altima family. But it's looked to the night for the Ellure's design inspiration, saying in a release that the Ellure has "a more emotive, almost hidden ambience that comes to life after dark." Perhaps Nissan has taken the current vampire craze (think Twilight or True Blood) a bit too seriously, but the lines of the Ellure are undeniably after-hours.

In a market where sedan buyers have migrated to crossovers, the Ellure five-passenger sedan could help attract sedan shoppers back--to a design that's potentially more fuel-efficient.

At 190 inches long, 72 inches wide, and 57 inches high, the Ellure is about the same length and width as the 2011 Nissan Altima, though it's several inches lower. Its wheelbase is several inches longer than the Altima's though (potentially indicating a roomy interior), at 114 inches.

Oh, by the way, who might buy the Ellure? “Women in their 30s and 40s with a sense of sophistication…and rebellion.”

Wow, smart and swanky but rebellious and countercultural vampire women—sign us up!

Preview of Nissan’s own hybrid

More seriously, the Ellure’s proportions accommodate a “next-generation hybrid powertrain” that mates a 240-horsepower supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to a 25-kilowatt (35-horsepower) electric drive motor with a clutch on either end.

The drive motor is mounted between the blown engine and a Nissan Xtronic continuously-variable transmission (CVT) that powers the front wheels.

The motor is fed by a lithium-battery pack of unspecified capacity, presumably using similar cells to those in Nissan’s 2011 Leaf electric car but specified for power output rather than energy density.




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