Nissan has just unveiled its first concept car that has been designed specifically for Brazil, the Extrem urban sports car concept. According to Nissan, the Extrem concept is "a radical concept car aimed squarely at young (and young-at-heart) car enthusiasts keen to make a statement on the roads."
"Brazil is a country of great natural beauty and it has a passionate, rich culture. But this is not always reflected in the cars on its streets, especially the more affordable locally produced vehicles which tend to be conservative in design, color and specification," said Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer.
"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," he added.
The Extrem was designed by Nissan Design America in San Diego, California, in collaboration with Brazilian designers and produced in Brazil, the concept previews a new breed of car. By blending versatility and toughness with the agility of a compact 2+2, the Extrem is a new genre of urban compact sports car. Robert Bauer, Senior Design Manager for the project at NDA. "We see it as an urban rally car, a tough little street fighter that can handle the urban jungle with agility and confidence."
The Extrem is based on Nissan's V-platform, which is used by the Nissan March, but the Extrem is taller, wider and longer than the global city car. The concept is powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder engine and Nissan says that if it were produced, it could be offered with a choice of front or four-wheel drive with Torque Vectoring for enhanced handling capabilities. Unfortunately there are no plans to produce the Extrem concept, but its styling offers a glimpse into future Nissan products, for Brazil and beyond.
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