YOKOHAMA, Japan — The Japan rollout of ProPilot 2.0 technology shows how Nissan Motor Co. is thinking about new design directions for the futuristic self-driving technologies it wants as a centerpiece of its DNA.
Design chief Alfonso Albaisa said the front fascia of the Nissan Skyline sedan — the basis for the Infiniti Q50 in the U.S. — had to be extended and smoothed to accommodate all the new sensors needed for the ProPilot 2.0 system. Sensors under the sheet metal don’t see well through fancier creasing and more angular styling.
“We had to change the outside because of the inside,” Albaisa said here at the launch of the face-lifted Skyline, the first nameplate incorporating ProPilot 2.0. “There’s a lot of technology in the front of this thing. Especially on the cheeks. A whole bunch of things had to happen.”
The Skyline is the first nameplate getting the ProPilot upgrade that enables truly hands-free, auto-navigating highway driving. The changes to the front styling are…