Snow Day: Nissan in Chicago

To venture into the territory of a really bad pun, it would be to say that the concepts that Nissan has developed for display at the Chicago Auto Show, which opens tomorrow at McCormick Place, are cool.

To venture into the territory of a really bad pun, it would be to say that the concepts that Nissan has developed for display at the Chicago Auto Show, which opens tomorrow at McCormick Place, are cool.

The trio, under the moniker “Winter Warrior,” are based on the Pathfinder, Murano and Rogue.

Nissan Winter Warrior Concepts

But whereas those crossovers are ordinarily shod with tires, these vehicles have DOMINATOR Tracks from American Track Truck. These tracks measure 48-inches long, 30-inches high and 15-inches wide.

Yes, these vehicles are transformed into something that can go where even four-wheel-drive vehicles would be foolish to tread.

With the tracks in place of the wheels and tires, the ground clearances of the vehicles are snow-drift safe, with the Rogue at 14.1 inches, the Murano at 13.4 inches, and the Pathfinder at 13.5 inches. (On the 2016 production models, the minimum ground clearances are 7.4 inches for the Rogue, 6.9 inches for the Murano and 7.0 inches for the Pathfinder.)

Nissan Winter Warrior Concepts

The matte-red color of the vehicles is actually provided by wraps developed by Nissan Design America. (After all, these pictures of frolicking in the snow notwithstanding, they are concept cars.)

Each of the vehicles is equipped with a 9x9-foot hatch tent. Know that there is a nice Hyatt attached to McCormick Place. It has heat.