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1980-1989 Nissan Concepts, Prototypes, and Pre-production

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1982 NRV-II Concept

1982 Nissan NRV-II  
The NRV-II concept came with LCD Digital and Graphic instrumentation, radar automated cruise control, Anti-lock/Anti-skid brakes, and various fibre-optic controls and automatic functions. The power plant was a 1.3L turbo producing 120hp on methanol.


1983 NX-21 Concept

1983 NX-21 Nissan Concept Front Angle   1983 NX-21 Nissan Concept Side   1983 NX-21 Nissan Concept Interior   1983 NX-21 Nissan Concept Rear View  
With massive power-operated/folding gull-wing doors, Nissan provided a prototype designed for the 21st century. The rear-mounted power plant consisted of a two-shaft gas turbine with ceramic parts. The motor was rated at 100hp and could support multiple fuel types.





1985 BE-1 Concept

1985 Nissan BE-1 Concept   1985 Nissan BE-1 Concept Front   1985 Nissan BE-1 Concept Interior   1985 Nissan BE-1 Concept Rear View  


1985 CUE-X Concept

1985 Nissan CUE-X Concept   1985 Nissan CUE-X Side View  
Shown at the 1986 Tokyo Auto Show, the Cue-x represented a potential sedan of the '90's. It utilized a 3-litre 24v V6 turbocharged powerplant providing 300hp through an automatic transmission.


1985 LUC-2 Concept

1985 Nissan LUC-2 Concept   1985 Nissan LUC-2 Side view with removable hardtop   1985 Nissan LUC-2 hardtop Patent  
The LUC-2 was a light sports design with a patented retractable hardtop.


1985 mid-4 Concept

1985 Nissan MID-4 Concept   Nissan Mid-4 prototype  
The Mid-4 is a mid-engined sports car sporting 4-wheel drive (33%/67% F-R and the precessor to ATESSA), and a new 4-wheel steering system (HICAS). The normally aspirated VG30DE V6 (DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder which ended up being utilized by the 300xz) pumped out 230hp and was able to push the car to a claimed top speed of 250km/h.


1987 ARC-X Concept

              
Designed by Shigeru Miki, the ARC-X has a transverse-mount 24-valve v6 engine producing 190hp and included a 4WD layout with four-wheel steer capabilities. The aerodynamic design achieved a 0.26 coeffecient of drag rating. The gear shift and controls were housed between the two front seats to allow for additional space for electronics. I was awarded the a car design award in 1987 and dubbed the "Worlds Best Concept Car" in 1988. The ARC-X is known as the predecessor to the Infiniti line.


1987 Judo Concept

  
Shown at the 1987 Tokyo Auto Exposition, the Judo was a 2 passenger all-terrain vehicle with cargo space and a removable hardtop roof.


1987 Jura Concept

           
The Jura Minivan concept was shown at the 1987 Tokyo Auto show. It had a long wheelbase, electronically- controlled suspension, 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering, electric sliding doors, and the headlights were designed into the base of the windshield. It was powered by a 2-litre power plant.


1987 mid-4-II Concept

              
The Mid-4-II was released at the 1987 Tokyo MotorShow in a more-refined configuration than the 1985 Mid-4. The Mid-4-II had similar specifications as the '85 model but received motor updates via a dual-turbo and intercooled design cranking out 330hp. Nissan chose not to persue building the Mid-4 due to expense.


1987 Pao Concept

  
With a retro look, Nissan released the Pao, a small 5 seat/ 2 doors coupe utilizing a 1000cc


1987 Saurus Concept

  


1987 S-Cargo Concept

  
With an eventual production of 12,000 units, the S-Cargo concept consisted of large front doors for ease of entry, a large top-hinged rear door with a low-floor level for the most amount of cargo potential. The S-Cargo had a flat dash area for that "office desk feel" and easy to read gauges.


1989 Boga Concept

  
Capable of seating five adults, the Boga was was created as interpretation of a 1990's city vehicle with driver comfort and convenience in mind. The interior features spacious front and rear bench seating, auto-closing doors, and a solar powered ventilation system. It is powered by a 1.5-liter engine.


1989 Chapeau Concept

        
The box-shaped Chapeau was shown at the 1989 Tokyo Auto Show. While some referred to it as a "Luxurious phone booth", the interior design was quite capable (if you like pink) and included a large semi-circular speedometer with two small gauges on each side.


1989 Figaro Concept

  
This popular design was released in 1989 and garnered such support Nissan built 10,000 units for 1991. Due to a great demand, Nissan utilized a lottery to help determine who was able to purchase one.


1989 Neo-X Concept

     
This concept vehicle features an electronic Heads-Up Display (HUD) system, four user-adjustable bucket seats, glass which can darken at the touch of a button, and a laser radar warning system utilizing infrared cameras placed in both bumpers.


1989 Primera-X Concept

     


1989 UV-X Concept

  
Presented at the 1989 Frankfurt Auto Show was the UV-X concept. This vehicle featured a 110-inch wheelbase and a high-deck design allowing a low .25 coefficient of drag. A special characteristic of the UV-X was the use of liquid crystal glass which could be darkened at the touch of a button. A camera was installed in the rear bumper to provide rear vision via a dashboard mounted monitor.

 
 


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