Nissan unveils the 370Zki and Armada Snow Patrol concepts ahead of Chicago show

Nissan 370Zki concept — Picture courtesy of Nissan
Nissan 370Zki concept — Picture courtesy of Nissan

TOKYO, Feb 7 — Concept cars at motor shows used to be pretty outrageous exercises in the design department being given free rein, but that also meant those models rarely went anywhere near a production line.

Many of today's concepts are now close to being production-ready vehicles, but that doesn't appear to be the case with a pair of winter-themed concepts Nissan is going to be showing at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, which runs February 10-19.

The first of the two models is a specially constructed, one-off 370Z Roadster “snowmobile,” which is being called the “370Zki” and is pronounced “370-Ski.”

The 370Zki is basically a 332 horsepower 370Z Roadster that's been made ready to tackle ski slopes and wilderness trails thanks to it having front skis and rear snow tracks in place of the iconic sports car's regular high-performance tires.

Michael Bunce, the vice president of Product Planning at Nissan North America says of the concept, “The Nissan 370Zki continues our recent tradition of bringing imaginative winter vehicle concepts to the Chicago Auto Show.

“With the Nissan Z's long heritage of motorsports competition, the 370Zki seemed like a natural combination. Prior to its debut here in Chicago, we put the 370Zki through its paces on the slopes in Wyoming where its performance heritage really came through.”

Nissan Armada Snow Patrol concept — Picture courtesy of Nissan
Nissan Armada Snow Patrol concept — Picture courtesy of Nissan

Although another model making its debut on the Nissan stand in Chicago is also a great vehicle for dealing with winter weather, the Nissan Armada Snow Patrol is a little more conventional than the 370Zki.

That's because this one is basically a flagship Armada SUV that's been outfitted to make it capable of handling the most extreme off-road conditions. The Snow Patrol features a three-inch suspension lift, extreme off-road tires, a huge front bumper, a light bar and roof rack.

Even though the Armada Snow Patrol isn't going to be a trim level available from the factory, unlike the 370Zki you can put this one together for yourself without resorting to expensive engineering customisations.

Billy Hayes, the division vice president of Commercial Vehicles and Trucks at Nissan North America explains, “The Armada Snow Patrol project was completed using readily available aftermarket parts, thanks especially to Pro Comp and Katzkin, showing owners how easy it is to take their family adventures to the next level even in some of winter's most severe conditions.” — AFP-Relaxnews

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