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2002 Nissan Quest Concept

The 2002 Nissan Quest Concept marked a departure from traditional minivan design, aiming to inject style and functionality into the segment. Nissan's US designers sought to address the desire for more style expressed by minivan buyers. Tom Semple, President of Nissan Design America, Inc., emphasized the need to break away from the negative imagery associated with minivans and demonstrate that style and practicality can coexist.

The Quest Concept featured bold, architectural forms with a flowing beltline, distinct from the conventional "boxes on wheels" design of typical minivans. Its long, sleek cabin, wraparound glass, and 20-inch wheels accentuated its athletic performance capabilities. The use of glass extended to the full-length glass roof, illuminating the cabin and creating a spacious interior ambiance.

The interior of the Quest Concept was designed to provide a comfortable and inviting space for occupants. The U-shaped skylight and arched beltline contributed to an open atmosphere, while modern materials like felt and woven leather added a touch of luxury. The interior layout was carefully crafted to maximize space and functionality, with innovative storage solutions and premium amenities.

Underneath its stylish exterior, the Quest Concept boasted advanced features such as fiber optic headlights, retractable door handles, and electric sliding side doors. Its unique bi-fold tailgate design allowed for convenient access in limited spaces. Inside, a 16-inch center display and dual entertainment system displays provided modern connectivity and entertainment options for passengers.

Despite its innovative design and promising features, the Quest Concept met an unfortunate fate. Like many concept cars, it was ultimately crushed, along with the Nissan Bevel Concept, in a Tennessee junkyard. While these one-of-a-kind creations may no longer exist, their legacy lives on in the evolution of automotive design and innovation.

Source & Images: Nissan