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Scania’s NXT concept vehicle represents a vision of the future

10 JUNE 2019

NXT has been designed as a prototype for testing and evaluation, but also to exhibit to get feedback on the concept. But what would this new creature look like? 


“Many of the features have been designed with the future always-online generation in mind. Their lives will be closely intertwined with technology, and we think this concept vehicle will appeal to them,” says Transport Designer Michael Bedell, Scania.

Designed to meet the city’s need

The idea from the beginning was to design one vehicle that would meet all the requirements of the city, while adhering to differing regulations and demands on transporting goods and people. “NXT is a concept of what could be a totally new platform, which allows us to build vehicles for varying purposes. The vehicle is designed for rapid adjustments to meet different demands,” says Bedell.

Clear and simple styling

NXT is characterised by a clear and simple styling that features both novel and traditional design lines. Some of these details are found in the layered structure in both the interior and exterior. It has a clear forward-shaped design. The large windows not only provide a pleasant experience for passengers along the route, but the cross-view also helps pedestrians and manually driven vehicles see surrounding traffic through the windows.

“From the start, our aim was that it should not be perceived as aggressive, but be assertive and command respect as a vehicle in traffic. At least in the beginning, some may try to provoke the autonomous vehicle to stop, and it should be clear that NXT is on the move.”