At the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, Nissan unveiled the Friend-Me Concept for the first time. With its strikingly refreshing design featuring strong body lines and a host of features, Nissan expressed its ambitions to conquer the hearts of young buyers. What we hear next about the Friend-Me concept is that Nissan has showcased the car at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
With the car’s European debut, Nissan brings an all new design language to this part of the world. The futuristic design of the Friend-Me concept has been developed using the same process that was used in the recent Nissan crossovers. Nissan is confident that the bold Friend-Me concept will lead to a next-generation saloon that will not only feature a sporty design but also a nice range of in-car technology and entertainment features.
“We call our solution ‘Distilled Da Qi,’” said Taiji Toyota, Vice President of Nissan Design China. “‘Da Qi is about casting an aura, about standing out, but at the same time going with the flow, fitting in. It’s a question of balance, and we’ve worked to refine it right down to the essence. The result adds an entirely new and youthful dimension to the sedan category.”
Talking about the exterior of the car, the front is dominated by a deep-set V-motion grille housing backlit Nissan badge and reaches up to the striking headlamp clusters on either ends. The LED headlamps incorporate a unique boomerang-shaped lighting design which looks quite attractive. Further enhancing the appeal of the car is a set of 20 inch five spoke alloy wheels complemented by gloss black aero vanes. Towards the rear of the car you will notice gently flared wheel arches, a floating roofline and a strong waist line.
On the inside the car features lounge-style seats for maximum comfort and safety levels of its passengers. The center console runs the entire length of the passenger compartment for complete entertainment and information access to all passengers. Each of the passengers can configure his section of the center console as per his or her needs which makes it a very appealing feature. All the four passengers can share media with each other, connect their devices, access navigation and much more, using their respective display screens.
Power to the Friend-Me concept is delivered by an efficient PureDrive hybrid powertrain that offers exceptional fuel efficiency and emissions with flexible range. The powertrain comprises of a petrol engine and latest generation lithium-ion batteries.