Following its unveiling at the last Frankfurt Auto Show, Nissan Gripz Concept debuted in Japan at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show, as part of the company's strategy for the future of smart driving, new direction in the field of mobile technology and the future of crossovers.
Nissan Gripz Concept is totally innovative, advancing a brand new design language. It was designed and developed by Nissan's European and Japanese teams, and offers a striking preview of the future design of Nissan. crossovers.
With the dimensions of a Crossovers compact, Nissan Gripz Concept has the profile of a sports car but with a high ground clearance to cope with the most demanding driving conditions.
Nissan Gripz Concept is equipped with a serial hybrid-electric powertrain, an innovative prototype based on an electric vehicle. An efficient gasoline engine is used to power the electric motor inherited from the Nissan LEAF.
The system combines various control technologies proven in recent years during the development of electric models. This configuration provides smooth, linear acceleration in near absolute silence and with maximum efficiency. The result is a comfortable, refined and fun driving experience with impressive fuel efficiency.
The exterior of the Nissan Gripz Concept is guided by key elements of the new "Emotional Geometry" design language that displays strong contrasts through the sharp, taut and dynamic surface. It has four doors, the front ones have a dihedral shape and open outwards and upwards, while it integrates two smaller rear hinged doors. The vehicle does not have a B-pillar, which facilitates access to an interior configured for two seats.
The front end is dominated by the traditional Nissan V-shaped grille located very low and framed by rectangular headlights that accommodate the low and high beams.
The 22-inch three-spoke design wheels are also inspired by racing bikes, they are very light but very robust and fitted with relatively narrow high-pressure tires specially developed by Bridgestone for this concept vehicle. The decorative motifs in white and red on the side of the same that can be found on the steering wheel of the vehicle.
The interior of the Nissan Gripz Concept features an instrument panel in the style called "Gliding Wing", with a sleek design that combines strength with simplicity.
Mixing a matte tone, in this case gray, with dark orange-red, the interior underlines its inspiration in the vehicles that contested the Tour de France with visible tubes, molded seats and different elements in perfect harmony with the external appearance of the vehicle.
The seats and center console have been inspired again by pro bikes, as have the door handles, which are similar in design to the saddle on competition bikes. The three-spoke steering wheel, for its part, replicates the design of the rims, even copying the decorative details on the sidewalls of the tires.
The influence that the Nissan Gripz Concept may have on the design of the next generation of Nissan crossovers is something we will discover in the future.