Had its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year.
Nissan has showcased the Gripz Concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show that begins today. The sporty crossover is expected to see production wearing the ‘Z’ badge.
The concept pays homage to the Safari Rally-winning 240Z of the 1970s. The exterior design is based on the ‘Emotional Geometry’ design language and takes inspiration from desert rally cars and racing bicycles. The body features radical and futuristic styling with the standout elements being the V-motion grille, boomerang-shaped head and taillamps, raised C-pillar and the floating roof.
In all, the crossover has dimensions of 4,100 mm, 1,890 mm and 1,500 mm in length, width and height respectively, with the wheelbase measuring in at 2,580 mm.
Coming to the interior, there is a clear inspiration seen coming from bicycles. The cabin is finished in shades of orange and grey. There is the ‘Gliding Wing’ instrument panel, exposed tubes, moulded bucket seats wrapped in faux leather and a three-spoke steering wheel that echoes the design of the tyre rims.
The concept gets motive power from a PureDrive hybrid system that employs electric motors from the Nissan Leaf to drive all wheels. A petrol engine is also present that acts as a generator to charge the batteries.