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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 LA Auto Show
Nissan Hi-Cross

What is it? Shown overseas in Geneva last winter, the Hi-Cross concept made its debut on North American shores in Los Angeles. The crossover reveals the evolving styling direction for Nissan, and it hints at the next-generation Rogue.

The Hi-Cross has a 109.4 inch wheelbase and 183.5 in overall length, which makes it a slightly smaller than the current Murano. Even with the smaller size, the Concept offers seating for seven passengers. (For product differentiation, we don't expect a Rogue to include three rows.)

The concept's hybrid drivetrain is based on a new Nissan system for front- and all-wheel-drive models. Nissan claims the 2.0-liter engine has the power of a larger 2.5-liter engine, yet with better efficiency and emissions. It can run on pure electricity, or with gasoline assist, as needed. Its battery technology is shared with the Nissan Leaf, and the Hi-Cross uses the new CVT found in the redesigned Pathfinder.

Inside, the second and third rows can fold down to a large flat floor for carrying large items. The instrument panel has a large display central to both driver and passenger for connectivity.

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