Nissan Gripz Concept Video, First Look

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Nissan could be changing things up with its Z nameplate.

Bowing at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show was the Nissan Gripz concept, and having a “z” at the end of the name isn’t so the Japanese automaker can be trendy. Recent reports say that Nissan is considering a crossover for the next-generation Z model. At the show, Nissan claims that the Gripz won’t serve as a direct replacement for an existing model but previews what future compact crossovers will look like for the brand.

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The powertrain is quite interesting with Nissan using the same electric engine found in the Leaf along with an unspecified gasoline engine that acts as a generator. Combined, the Gripz concept boasts 107 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque, and although those numbers aren’t impressive, Nissan promises that it “delivers a smooth, refined and exhilarating driving experience.”

Whether or not the Gripz concept will become the next Z model remains to be unseen, so for now, check out our first look video below and prepare yourself for some radical changes to the Nissan brand.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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