Nissan sure has a lot of interesting concept cars based on their production vehicles. They like doing concepts that are centered around functionality; something we can see in the Navara Dark Sky for astronomers, as well as the NV300 that was made for woodworkers.
Now they've got something for those that like to hang ten.
Meet the Kicks Surf, a concept vehicle built on the Nissan Kicks crossover. Designed in South America at Nissan's satellite design studio, the Kicks Surf takes inputs from two champion surfers: Alejo and Santiago Muniz. Yes they're brothers, and they compete in Brazil and Argentina. The primary question posed to them was: what features would these two surfers want on a vehicle?
"We imagined it would have to be the perfect ally for the lifestyle and needs of surfers," said John Sahs, who led Nissan's design team.
The result is a Kicks (effectively the successor to the Juke) that has some rather unique features like roof crossbars for lashing down surfboards, a rear deck for wetsuits and other gear, a changing booth (because you don't always have privacy at a beach) and -get this- a built-in shower because you don't want to get corrosive salt all over your interior.
Perhaps the most innovative feature is a water-resistant wrist band that is effectively your key because, well, you wouldn't want your standard smart keys to get wet.
The design itself, according to Nissan, takes some inspiration from Latin America's beaches, like the blue and yellow-green color scheme, as well as the decal work. The interior also features special blue stitching to jive with the exterior look.
Nissan didn't mention where they'll be displaying the Kicks Surf, but it seems to be at home wherever the waves are.