Albaisa, originally from Miami, is the first non-Japanese executive to head up Nissan's global design direction.
Despite the concept's traditional Japanese styling traits, the design also projects the robust American "big wheel" look of the SUV segment.
The concept sports metal-crafted 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and run-flat, all-terrain tires co-developed by Michelin. The design has pushed the wheels farther out to the vehicle's corners to create an off-road look.
The seating layout uses three rows of individual side-by-side seats in a blueprint that is a pinch smaller than the current Rogue -- but still larger than the new Rogue Sport.
The Xmotion promises a larger wheelbase of 109.6 inches, compared with 106.5 inches on the Rogue, and is also wider -- at 76.4 inches instead of the Rogue's 72.4. But the Xmotion is shorter, at 180.7 inches, vs. 184.5 inches for the Rogue.