QASHQAI: Nissan's New Take On The Crossover - Secure Storage | Part Four

Secure storage

The boot area also houses a special ‘strong box’ allowing valuables to be locked safely away when the car is left unattended.

Other notable exterior features include the lights. The vertical rear lights run up and over to the tailgate to accentuate its tall stance, while at first glance there don’t appear to be any lights at the front at all.

‘Invisible’ headlamps

In fact, the headlamp clusters – they incorporate the turn indicators and fog lamps as well as the LED headlamps themselves – echo the striking rectangular style as featured on the 350Z, but are covered in a newly developed ‘clear-ink’ paint that matches the car’s body colour but becomes invisible once a light is shone through.

At the front, the familiar three-section Nissan grille features a sporting mesh effect deep within the apertures.

Glazed roof

The airiness of the cabin is thanks to the twin full-length glazed roof panels above both pairs of seats. The central section houses a roof console with controls, interior lighting and ventilation outlets and extra storage space.

The interior of the concept also underlines the dual role to be played by QASHQAI. The asymmetric interior design envelops the driver to create a sporty environment, but the passenger side of the car is more open to give a feeling of freedom and space.

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Published 7 March 2004 Melanie Carter

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