Nissan North America Inc. unveiled an advanced design study, the Nissan Bevel Concept, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Conceived at Nissan Design America Inc. in La Jolla, Calif., the Bevel Concept offers unique, function-inspired asymmetrical styling, a high-utility three-zone interior and technology ranging from glass roof-mounted solar panels to drive-by-wire steering, throttle and braking. Bevel's exterior features two passenger-side doors and a hinged rear door providing an exceptionally wide door opening of nearly five-and-a-half feet. The tall one-piece rear hatch features a special horizontal hinge arrangement, with a height when raised of 6'2" from the ground. With the hatch open, a special tailgate-like work platform folds down and snaps into place, creating a sturdy workbench-like area. Bevel features a traditional 12V outlet and a 110V power tool recharging outlet, which is powered by Bevel's integrated solar cells mounted beneath the large glass roof panels. Bevel also utilizes a unique roof cargo system designed to carry loads up to 250 lbs. and featuring six hexagon-shaped "pucks" with pop-up hooks. Bevel's interior includes a unique "ribbon" instrument panel, which moves four inches forward and back when the driver's door is opened or closed. The "command central" information/technology zone features a series of screens that display images from the sideview mirror cameras and five information menus – Vehicle Information, HVAC, Navigation, Entertainment and Home – through use of the ribbon-mounted controller. The "Entertainment" control center allows the driver to access phone settings, weather and traffic reports, Internet and personal e-mail accounts, and music, while also allowing the driver to access a home network and monitor locks and security system, heat and air conditioning, appliance, room lighting and garage door status. Bevel's utility/pet zone provides maximum cargo space through the use of fold-flat front passenger and rear bench seating that crates a smooth, continuous cargo floor/work area. The flooring itself is constructed from laminated recycled walnut, creating an extremely hard, workbench-like surface. Bevel provides unique accommodations for pets, including a 360-degree pet leash swivel connection point and a large, removable "doggie hutch" pet carrier designed to fit securely in the rear cargo area. Conceptually, Bevel would feature a small, efficient 2.5-liter V6 with HEV.
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