(from Nissan Press
Release) The Foria is a compact coupe concept targeted at
customers looking for performance, elegance and high quality.
Emphasis placed on quality
The feeling one
experiences when seeing or touching well-designed and crafted
objects was uppermost in the minds of the Foria design team. That
concept was projected throughout the exterior and interior with the
aim of creating a car whose value cannot be measured just in terms
of specifications or performance figures.
The Foria is packaged as
a compact 2+2 coupe. The front-engine, rear-drive layout allows an
exceptionally short front overhang, long hood and compact cabin.
These styling features, together with the neatly-styled rear and
18-inch wheels positioned at the four corners, result in a car that
is not only pleasing to look at but also delivers driving pleasure.
Powered by a mid-sized engine and paddle-shift automatic
transmission, the powertrain promises agile driving in town, as well
as fully engaging performance when traveling on more open roads.
Four-wheel Active Steer gives reassuring precision and steering feel
at all driving speeds.
doors have been adopted for effortless access to the rear seats in
the coupe body style. The large door openings make it easy to get in
and out of the rear seats despite the sporty position of the front
Elegance and sportiness
The exterior styling
lends an air of elegance to the car. An integrated grille and
headlamps form a powerful front face. The headlamps are a
combination of precision technology and jewelry-like quality, with
deep blue lenses reminiscent of cut-sapphires.
A horizontal body-line
motif along the sides conveys an image of power and elegance. The
aluminum moldings reflect the wrap-around window shape while the
outside mirrors and door handles express a sense of elegance.
The curved rear of the
Foria serves to heighten the car's overall dynamism. The slim,
elegant character lines around the back and the crystal-like
expression of the rear combination lamps lend a refined atmosphere
to the overall appearance.
Strong sense of driving purpose
While the interior
design reinforces the carís dynamic potential, the accent is on
elegance. The control switches on the center stack and the
instruments are designed to appeal to those who love mechanical
instruments and to capture the spirit of traditional silver halide
cameras. That feeling combines with a sporty driving position to
convey a strong sense of driving purpose. The multifunction dial
commander and large function switches in the middle of the center
stack are designed to reduce the driverís workload substantially,
while providing multifunctional capabilities.
The instrument panel,
center stack and door trim are embellished with thick saddle-like
leather which is smooth to the touch and has a carefully designed
texture. In combination with the metal parts, the result is a fusion
of sportiness and elegance. The hand-stitched seams around the edges
convey a warmth characteristic of hand-made articles. A dimpled
surface pattern, inspired by Japanís traditional inden leather
craftsmanship, is used on the steering wheel grips, the back of the
shift paddles, the gearshift knob and other surfaces.
The interior is finished
in a lustrous gray sports jersey fabric that combines with the brown
leather of the instrument panel and other trim parts, as well as the
ivory-colored front seats, to project a contemporary look.
The wide dashboard
monitor is positioned for minimal change in the driverís line of
sight and its exceptional width is used to good advantage to display
all the distances of the recommended route in one screen. In
addition, the monitor can be used selectively, such as for
simultaneously displaying a navigation map and point-of-interest
(POI) information which can be obtained live while driving.