Nissan has revealed the new Gripz compact crossover concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Designed by designers in Europe and Japan, Nissan says that the Gripz concept "blends the ability and practicality of a compact crossover with the excitement and performance of a sports car."
The Gripz pays tribute to one of Nissan's first "crossovers" - the iconic Safari Rally-winning Nissan 240Z. These rally racers featured a raised ride height, toughened suspension and sported a matt-black finish for the bonnet and trunk set against a deep red-orange body color. The Gripz's exterior Gripz four key Nissan design elements, a V-motion grille, boomerang lamps front and rear, a floating roof and a kicked-up C pillar.
"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," said Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer, Nissan Motor Company, Ltd.
The Gripz concept is powered by a hybrid system that borrows the electric motor from the Nissan Leaf. Nissan hasn't revealed any official specs for the hybrid system.
"What influence this 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," said Nakamura.
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