5 things that stood out during our time with the Nissan Hyper Tourer EV Concept

  • Nissan was the pioneer of the electric minivan segment, introducing the e-NV200 in 2009
  • The Hyper Tourer is not production-oriented, but contains many worthy ideas
  • The sharply-cut concept caters to luxury lovers enjoying road trips or business
  • It needs to be commercialized quickly as the Chinese are rapidly advancing in this segment

Nissan’s Hyper Tourer concept is the company’s glimpse into the future of electric mobility, where the travel experience concerns a group of people. Let me remind you that Nissan is a pioneer of this segment, as it introduced the world’s first electric minivan, the Nissan e-NV200, way back in 2009.

However, since then, it hasn’t done much to hold its grip in this segment, which has now become dominated by China. Currently, Nissan sells the Townstar EV MPV in Europe, appealing mainly to the commercial segment. However, the Hyper Tourer EV Concept clearly represents a different pursuit, focusing on family and luxury travel.

Nissan Hyper Tourer electric minivan concept

The all-electric minivan concept, though not confirmed for series production, offers a behind-the-scenes look at what Nissan engineers and designers have in mind when they decide to compete with the likes of the VW ID. Buzz, Zeekr 009, Volvo EM90, and the Xpeng X9.

Here are 5 things that stood out for us while checking out the all-electric Nissan Hyper Tourer Concept:

Hospitality meets Technology

The Hyper Tourer concept is the embodiment of the Japanese concept of “omotenashi,” or hospitality. The electric minivan combines a luxurious interior with cutting-edge technology such as autonomous driving, V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) functionality, and bio-sensing technology that changes the vehicle’s environment based on passengers’ moods.

Distinctive Design

Minivans are inherently boring, but not the Hyper Tourer! Viewing it in person, we thought that it looked futuristic with its smooth body panels that are contrasted with sharp character lines, taking inspiration from traditional Japanese design. The white beltline doubles-up as a signature lamp, while the “kumiko” patterned wheels and aerodynamic silhouette present it with a premium and futuristic feel. The bronze and black finish reminds me of luxury watches and jewellery.

We also felt that the carved-out sections in the front and rear fenders provided the electric minivan with a sense of visual depth and complexity. The individual light pixels in the front and rear are programed to orchestrate a light show.

Spacious & Relaxing cabin

Nissan is developing all-solid-state batteries, set to launch in 2028. However, an electric minivan will be needed before then to compete with Chinese manufacturers. Nissan says that the Hyper Tourer is powered by high-density batteries, and its tech enables it to offer a spacious interior design. A flat LED floor displays calming imagery, while the overhead console showcases traditional Japanese patterns. The 360-degree rotating front seats open up new possibilities for passenger interaction and comfort

Nissan Hyper Tourer interior cabin
Image: Nissan News

Occupant interaction

At a time when everyone is hooked to their smartphone displays during commutes or even otherwise, the lounge-like interior of the Hyper Tourer prioritizes passenger interaction and comfort, particularly in autonomous driving mode. The rotating front seats allow for face-to-face conversation, while a wearable display allows rear passengers to control navigation and audio.

The bio-sensing technology also aims to create a relaxing and personalized atmosphere for all occupants. While it remains uncertain if these features will be included in production Nissan vehicles due to cost, safety and regulatory compliance, I was impressed to see the demonstration of the technology, and the creative talents of Nissan designers.

V2X Applications

I can see the Hyper Tourer’s high-capacity battery and V2X functionality having potential applications beyond personal transportation. The vehicle could act as a mobile power source for homes during outages, support mobile businesses, charge other vehicles that are stranded, and even provide power during camping, showcasing a future where electric vehicles play a more integrated role in energy infrastructure.