Nissan is hoping to appeal to the younger generation at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show with a new sporty compact crossover concept called Gripz. The new Nissan Gripz Concept was developed by Europe and Japan and aims to blend the line between a crossover and a sports car.
“Nissan pioneered the idea of the compact crossover, and this is reflected in the enormous popularity of Qashqai and JUKE and the resulting growth of the market segment as other manufacturers play catch-up,”said Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer, Nissan Motor Company, Ltd.“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.”
The Nissan Gripz Concept is powered by EV technology based Series hybrid system “Pure Drive e-Power” – similar to the powertrain that powers the Nissan Leaf electric car.
Will it be produced? According to Nakamura: “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.”