Nissan has just revealed the EXTREM concept at the Sao Paulo Auto Show, calling it an “urban sports car” designed by Brazilians, for the Brazil marketplace.
The EXTREM rides on the Nissan V-platform, which is also used by the Nissan Versa and other worldwide city cars, though it is bigger than its platform sharing brethren, measuring in at 12′ long and 5′ wide. The concept uses the direct-injection turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine for power, and shares much of its engine technology with the Nissan Delta Wing.
“EXTREM, with a dynamic, high-character design, is far from conservative. It was created to appeal to the country’s growing band of city-based young professionals who are passionate about design and want to make a personal statement. The lightweight two-door 2+2, has a dynamic stance, fresh surfacing, and a clear rugged ability to tackle the urban jungle everyday,” said Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer.
The concept was designed in San Diego, California, but took direct styling cues from Brazilian designers based in Sao Paulo. Most of the creative input that went into the vehicle took place in Brazil, which resulted in the EXTREM’s distinct look. While the design lines, headlights and rims provide the sports car appearance, functional roof rails, aluminium skid plate, and see-through A-pillars add practicality to the vehicle. Finished in Solar Cortex paint, the color as well as the roof pattern are both derived from Brazilian nature and iconic graphics.
While the EXTREM is not expected to be a production unit, the design showcases a new direction for Nissan. The debut of this concept also cements Nissan’s commitment to the growing Brazilian market.