The 2012 Nissan Ellure. Nissan’s Stylish Hybrid
Published August 20, 2012
So, about two years ago, Nissan brought forth a concept that would potentially become one of the sexiest new hybrid cars on the market. Unfortunately the concept never made it past the front door. At least of the front door of the Nissan concepts showroom. So why would this be important now? It’s important because Nissan is finally sitting back at the table to decide whether the Ellure Concept Hybrid can be produced.
The 2012 Nissan Ellure was a design that encompassed everything Nissan has always been about. Engineering, Design, Beauty, Power, and above all Shift. The overall style of the 2012 Nissan Ellure had all of the lines of the current 2012 Maxima, and 2012 Altima, but with a little more sensuality built in. The front fascia as mentioned looks strikingly like the 2012 Maxima, but the lower chin spoiler brings the look to more of the Minority Report style of vehicle. The body lines that follow from that point back, flow like water frozen in time. The roof line travels from the base of the windshield all the way to the base of the rear window. Basically one long piece of tinted glass, making this the ultimate panoramic roof.
The power source for the 2012 Nissan Ellure, is a unique supercharged 2.5L Inline 4, cylinder engine, that works in conjunction with a 25 kilowatt electric motor, mated to Nissan’s patented CVT dual clutch transmission. A Lithium-Ion battery provides extra power to the electric motor, for an “Eco mode” style of driving. The 2012 Nissan Ellure incorporates regenerative braking to also help with additional charging.
The interior of the 2012 Nissan Ellure is something that you would come across in a custom made Aston Martin. The Fire Red cloth interior coupled with the Ultra Suede Gray invoke an almost Fiery Energy when one sits inside of the Ellure. Floating headrests, and low shoulders on the front seats, help keep an open flow between the front, and rear of the cabin. All access to this hot interior can be had via the full 90 degree opening, regular & suicide doors.
The 2012 Nissan Ellure’s design called for 21” wheels, but this among many things are what stopped Nissan from rolling this car into production. Nissan’s financial team looked into other reasons why the 2012 Ellure could not go into production. The interior was somewhat over the top, for a mid sized hybrid car. Compile that with the “Not so Eco, 21” wheels “ the very sexy earth tones, this car would be very impractical, even as hybrid. We would be looking at Fisker Karma prices, and Nissan as a whole really wasn’t up for traveling down that road. So as it stands the 2012 Nissan Ellure will still remain as a rolling/working model for demos, and presentations. There is no word as of yet to when the Ellure will come to fruition, but until then I will continue to drool, as I wait for it to be made.
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