Nissan unveiled a new compact crossover concept, the Nissan Gripz Concept, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Gripz Concept is a series-hybrid system in which a small efficient gasoline engine is used to power the electric motor found in the Nissan LEAF. Nissan calls the series-hybrid system “Pure Drive e-Power”.
The powertrain combines Nissan’s various control technologies from its years of experience developing EVs. This configuration efficiently delivers smooth, swift and linear acceleration in near-silence.
The Crossover concept incorporates four key design elements first seen in Europe on the Nissan Sway, one of the highlights of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. As with Sway, Gripz features a V-motion grille, boomerang lamps front and rear, a floating roof and a kicked-up C pillar. However, while Sway hinted at a possible direction for a compact hatchback, the Nissan Gripz Concept is a different proposition.
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. 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.—Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer, Nissan Motor Company
Created through collaboration between Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Global Design Center in Japan, the exterior of the Nissan Gripz Concept is guided by the “emotional geometry” body sculpting concept which depicts strong contrasts through the dynamic, tensional, yet edgy surface.
Nissan also unveiled the latest version of the Nissan LEAF to the European market. The new model now provides drivers with up to 250 km (155 miles) of motoring range. (Earlier post.)