The Nissan Gripz Concept has been revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, foreshadowing a performance crossover from the Japanese brand.
Nissan says that the Gripz isn’t supposed to be a direct replacement for an existing model, but rather a demonstration of what future compact crossovers will look like from the brand.
Motivating this crossover is the same electric engine found in the Leaf, paired to an unspecified gasoline engine which acts as a generator. Despite having only 107 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque, the brand claims that it “delivers a smooth, refined and exhilarating driving experience.”
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“Nissan pioneered the idea of the compact crossover, and this is reflected in the enormous popularity of Qashqai and Juke and the resulting growth of the market segment as other manufacturers play catch-up,” said Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer. “While the Nissan Gripz Concept is not seen as a direct replacement for either of those two iconic vehicles, it does show the extremes to which the compact crossover can be pushed.”
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Nissan’s new “emotional geometry” design language can be seen on the small crossover, which includes the brand’s new V-motion grille and in this case, tons of exposed carbon fiber. Helping the concept stand out are massive three-spoke 22-inch wheels, wrapped in specially designed Bridgestone tires along with boomerang headlights. Nestled inside the headlights of this concept are front-facing cameras so you can record your journey and share it with others via a live feed.
Another interesting element of the design are the doors, as the front set swing out and up while the lack of a B-pillar means that the back doors are rear-hinged. Inside, exposed tubing is used to represent the car’s bicycle inspiration while all the interior bits are finished in a mix of matte-grey and deep red-orange colors.
“What influence the concept’s design has on the next crossover generation from Nissan remains to be seen, though we are keen to gauge public reaction when it appears at the Frankfurt Show,” Nakamura added.
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