Nissan‘s latest unveiling, the Nissan Concept 20-23, continues the company’s tradition of innovation and design in the electric vehicle market. In honor of Nissan Design Europe’s (NDE) 20th anniversary in London, this futuristic concept car successfully marries sportiness and city-friendly features.
The Concept 20-23 incorporates both the current year and Nissan’s traditional number 23 (ni san), which pays homage to the company’s two decades in London. Some of the younger designers in the studio were given free rein to create a vehicle that they, personally, would enjoy driving through the busy streets of London.
The Nissan Concept 20-23 pays homage to Nissan’s rich heritage of distinctive hatchbacks by drawing inspiration from Nissan’s involvement in Formula E and online simulator racing. However, the concept car is an “exterior model only,” so we have no idea what its dimensions or specifications are. However, based on its styling cues and Nissan’s description, we can assume it’s a three-door version of the Micra EV that was teased in January 2022.
The Nissan Concept 20-23 was built with aerodynamics in mind. The car has a three-door hatchback body style and is decorated with prominent front and rear aerodynamic elements. The bulged wheel arches and massive motorsport-style wheels draw attention to the wheel bay, where the airflow is directed by deep skirts, cooling the brakes and reducing air resistance.
Nissan Concept 20-23 Design
When viewed from the side, the vehicle’s aerodynamic efficiency is enhanced by the presence of extended skirts and angular slits that frame the air outlets and inlets. A single-piece roof spoiler and a squared-off diffuser dominate the back of the car, highlighting its sporty character.
The Concept 20-23 is not unwelcoming despite its aggressive aerodynamic design. The scissor doors, textured grey paint, and LED headlights and taillights in thin upper and lower semicircles make for an eye-catching vehicle. A roof scoop adds style and ventilation to the interior, and the number 23 is painted on the trunk.
The Concept 20-23 focuses primarily on the exterior, but the few interior photos we’ve seen show a minimalist, performance-oriented layout. Two racing-style deep bucket seats and an extended steering column with a yoke for multiple controls populate the cabin. The interior is as sporty and minimal as the exterior, with just two screens displaying the most crucial information.
Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Global Design Alfonso Albaisa has spoken highly of the project, praising Concept 20-23 for its ability to combine cutting-edge technologies such as autonomous driving, virtual reality, and online gaming with the benefits of zero-emissions urban transportation.
The best electric powertrain for the Nissan Concept 20-23 is a closely guarded secret, however, and Nissan has been mum on the subject. The future of this concept car within the company is currently unknown, but it is reasonable to assume that it will have some sort of impact on the look of future Nissan EVs.