Nissan GripZ Concept
Nissan GripZ Concept
Posted on September 20, 2015
The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show brought us a lot of concepts
from some major automakers. Some were good, some not so much. All showed us the
design intent and potential future direction each automaker is considering for
the next few years. Aside from the 2016 Kia Sportage, it was the Nissan GripZ
Concept that caught our eye.
As you may tell from the spelling, the GripZ is a potential
vision of a future Z car. You can tell little of that from the design itself as
it's quite squat, tall and bears little resemblance to either a current or past
Z car. It's almost a crossover in profile.
Nissan said they envision a future Z car that combines
sports and utility in a crossover-like guise. We know they want to expand the
line of Z cars, so this could certainly be one direction they might move.
Displayed in a lovely burnt orange colour, the Nissan GripZ
Concept sat on large 22" black alloy wheels and had black trim all round.
The showstopper was the doors. The front opens forward and up just like a
McLaren while the rears are suicide-type doors that open out and back like a
There is a slight air of the 240Z about this design. Even if
Nissan hadn't said they used it as an inspiration, the long sloped hood and
squat rear end do hint at that 1970s classic. Nissan also said the car was
inspired by sports bicycles, whatever they are.
On the inside, a pared back interior echoes the design of
the exterior. Simple one-piece seating, a simple dashboard with no bulky
binnacles or centre stack, a three spoke steering wheel, girder-like pillars
and three colour scheme work well. Inside, a bicycle influence is more obvious.
The centre arm rest looks like a bike saddle and the steering wheel looks a bit
like a carbon fibre bike wheel.
As far as we know, it will use a hybrid powertrain. Nissan
mentioned "Pure Drive e-Power", which apparently uses a powertrain
from an electric car including pieces from the Nissan Leaf. So a gasoline
engine of unknown size combined with an electric motor from the Leaf and some
kind of CVT transmission is likely here.
Other highlights of the Nissan GripZ Concept are cameras in
the headlights, exposed metalwork on the interior, carbon fibre hood and a cool
targa-type roof/sunroof arrangement.
Whether we will see anything like the Nissan GripZ Concept on
the road in the future remains to be seen. Nissan are definitely looking to
expand their lineup and are actively looking at a sports crossover type model.
Whether it will be this one or anything like it, we will have to wait and see.