Scissor doors and seating for three with Nissanrsquos BladeGlider concept

Scissor doors and seating for three with Nissan’s BladeGlider concept.

Futuristic EV Heads List of Nissan’s Tokyo Debuts

The BladeGlider EV concept, powered by a pair of in-wheel electric motors, is a prototype of an upcoming production vehicle, the automaker says.

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan spreads its wings with the release of the first images of its BladeGlider concept, a futuristic electric vehicle that looks like a bird and seats three people: the driver up front and center, flanked by two passengers in the rear.

The Tokyo Motor Show concept is powered by a pair of in-wheel motors at the rear, each fueled by a lithium-ion battery.

Nissan says the concept is a “prototype of an upcoming production vehicle that demonstrates the innovation and excitement of the Nissan brand and Nissan's leadership in zero-emissions mobility.”

Also headed for the Tokyo show is the DAYZ Roox, the second model in Nissan’s DAYZ minicar series. The boxy little car, equipped with the automaker’s around-view monitor and featuring automatic sliding doors, is scheduled to go on sale in early 2014.

A remodeled Teana also will bow. It is powered by a new 2.5L QR engine mated to a continuously variable transmission and will hit the Japan market by March. The Teana features the latest in Nissan safety technology, including an around-view monitor with moving-object detection, active trace control and blindspot and lane-departure warning systems.

The Elgrand 250 makes its debut, as well, targeted for domestic sale in January. The Highway Star Premium version of Nissan’s popular minivan features a new front fascia, more luxurious interior and an array of advanced safety features, including around-view monitor and active adaptive front lighting.

A slightly upgraded Note also will debut at the show. It gets Nissan’s around-view monitor with moving-object detection, along with brake-assist and lane-departure warning systems. Sales launch in December.

The best-selling Serena minivan gets some exterior tweaks and adds advanced safety technologies, including brake-assist and lane-departure warning.

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