Save for this modestly revealing image and the news that its 2011 Nissan Quest will be on sale early next year, the automaker gave no hard facts about the completely redesigned version of its upcoming hauler during an off-site press preview held in conjunction with the New York show. Dubbing it "a new paradigm in family mobility," Nissan did promise that the next-gen Quest will deliver top levels of quality and reliability in a package sized and appointed to appeal to both the child-rich and empty-nest sets and bring the "safety, functionality and comfort that a minivan has to offer, without sacrificing style or driving pleasure."

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Even in this intentionally veiled view, it's obvious that the new Quest will forego a good deal of the avant-garde styling cues found on its none-too-successful predecessor in favor of a more conventionally contemporary appearance. The front end treatment appears to share a good deal with the Forum Concept minivan study that Nissan displayed at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. Whether the production 2011 Quest also will share the Forum's second row bench seat that rotated 90 degrees to ease entry to the third row and pivoted 180 degrees to create a formal rear lounge area remains to be seen. Nissan also offered no word on possible powertrain fitments for this new Quest, although at least the current 3.5-liter V6 is likely to return when the new 2011 Q-ship returns to the Nissan lineup after a one-year absence.

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