Nissan is set to introduce an all-electric minivan concept, the Hyper Tourer, at the upcoming Japan Mobility Show, where it will share the spotlight with at least two other EV concepts from the automaker. While minivans have seen a decline in popularity, the arrival of an all-electric minivan concept suggests that the segment is far from obsolete, with EVs offering unique packaging opportunities that grant automakers more flexibility in design.
The Nissan Hyper Tourer concept boasts a spacious cabin with a flat floor, thanks to the automaker’s EV Technology Vision. This technology optimizes packaging by consolidating components and utilizing solid-state batteries, providing the minivan with an “ultra-low” center of gravity. The resulting layout not only offers ample interior space but also opens the door to potential adaptations as a modern camper van.
In response to the growing interest in all-electric campers, automakers are exploring new design possibilities. Volkswagen announced plans to develop a camper version of its ID. Buzz all-electric van, while Winnebago introduced an all-electric camper van concept based on the Ford E-Transit. The packaging advantages of EVs, exemplified by Nissan’s Hyper Tourer, enable creative and versatile design opportunities.
Inside the Hyper Tourer’s cabin, front seats can swivel 360 degrees, facilitating conversations between passengers. Rear-seat occupants can control navigation and audio through a wearable display. The interior features an overhead console with traditional Japanese-patterned lighting, and the floor incorporates a flat LED panel displaying images of a riverbed and the sky.
Moreover, the concept employs an AI system to monitor biometric signs, automatically adjusting mood lighting and music based on factors such as brain waves, breathing, perspiration, and heart rate.
While specific details about the EV’s powertrain remain scarce, Nissan has confirmed that it will feature its e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive system. The minivan is equipped with all-solid-state batteries, a technology that is also being pursued by other automakers, including Toyota.
The exterior design of the Hyper Tourer is characterized by striking sheet metal, with sharp creases along the sides that converge towards the rear. A white waistline serves as a visual divider between the glass and metal, emphasizing the distinction between the greenhouse and the body. The minivan’s sporty appearance is further enhanced by its upright front end, raked windshield, and integrated spoiler.
The Nissan Hyper Tourer is one of several concepts that Nissan will showcase at the Japan Mobility Show 2023, which was formerly known as the Tokyo Motor Show. Alongside the Hyper Tourer, the automaker has teased the Hyper Adventure and Hyper Urban concepts, hinting at an exciting array of electric mobility solutions that will be on display at the event, set to commence on October 25, 2023.