Pro football coach Bill Parcells once said, “You are what you are.” But if you go out and tell everyone what you are, do you risk putting yourself in a box? This scenario illustrates the potential dilemma that the Nissan Bevel concept SUV faces after rolling out for its flashy debut at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show.
Nissan execs essentially label the Bevel as the new midlife crisis-mobile, geared toward 45-60 year old men whose kids have left the house and who finally have time to enjoy themselves. Call it a Rogue for the old folk.
Any way you spin it, Nissan decided that older men apparently enjoy solitary time with their dogs and their power tools. Enter the “utility/pet zone,” an area where you can fold down the rear seats to do some manual labor, store your camping equipment, or give Fido some room to roam outside of his specially designed home away from home near the tailgate. Need some more juice for the powerdrill? Plug it into the 110 volt outlet that draws power from the solar panel roof.
As for the powertrain, Nissan hasn’t mentioned much of anything beyond the 2.5 L V6 hybrid electric design. Then again, mature older men shouldn’t care how many horses their vehicle can pack under its hood. Nissan says you’ll drive alone in your Bevel almost 90% of the time anyway.
So when should we expect this concept to materialize? Most experts report that the Bevel should hit showrooms sometime in 2009 or 2010. Until then, be nice and let Dad take the Rogue out for a spin every once in awhile as he prepares for the twilight of his driving career.
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– Posted by Taeho Lim