These four newly announced electric vehicle concepts could be a preview of a future production vehicle.
In the announcement detailing the Nissan Ambition 2030 strategy yesterday, the Japanese car brand revealed a project to develop and produce 23 electric vehicle models that will be gradually launched until the end of this decade. Of these, 15 models will completely ditch the internal combustion engine, and at least one model will be equipped with a solid-state battery pack by fiscal 2028. Besides presenting its electric vehicle program, the car manufacturer has Yokohama-based company also revealed four very interesting electric car concepts.
Starting with the Chill-Out, it’s a sleek, sleek crossover that’s probably smaller than the Ariya. On the surface, it could be a preview of the next-generation Leaf, which has been confirmed to switch from a hatchback body style to a crossover form factor. The concept will use the CMF-EV chassis and be built with the e-4orce system – Nissan’s term for electric vehicles equipped with AWD. It is expected that the production model of Chill-Out will be launched in 2025.
The next concept is called the Surf-Out, and it takes the form of an electric single-cabin pickup truck with a fairly spacious trunk, and large wheel arches with black plastic cladding. Nissan says that the Surf-Out was envisioned as a vehicle offering real off-road performance with a dual-motor AWD setup, offering up to several distinct power stages. According to a report reported by Automotive News a few months ago, Nissan is indeed considering developing an electric pickup truck, so the possibility that Surf-Out will launch a production version is also very high.
The Hang-Out concept is a boxy electric hatchback that will most likely evolve into a next-generation Cube to rival the Kia Soul EV. It has also been conceived with AWD, and a dedicated electric chassis with a low, flat floor layout. What’s more, it features a cinema-like seating arrangement, and an advanced semi-autonomous driving system.
It’s too early to say if the Hang-Out will get a production version, but its exterior doesn’t look much different from what we’ve come to expect from a production model. However, if Nissan were to actually build and sell this model, it would probably need to add a B-pillar, and have to remove the luxurious sliding doors.
The most interesting of the four new Nissan electric car concepts is probably the Max-Out, which takes the form of a convertible with an “ultra-light” structure and only 2 seats. The AWD-equipped model will have a low center of gravity and promises “extremely flexible response when cornering and steering.”
Today, convertibles are generally a difficult segment to sell, and even harder for an electric model to become a successful commercial product. So even if Nissan does indeed intend to produce an electric convertible sports car, it probably won’t be on the priority list. However, this is purely a prediction, and Nissan may surprise everyone in the next few years.