Nissan Debuts Compact Crossover Concept at Frankfurt Motor Show

Looking for a lower cost take on Jaguar’s new F-PACE but you want to combine it with a BMW i3? Nissan might has just introduced it- their concept vehicle, the Gripz.


Conceived by designers in Europe and Japan, Nissan says the Gripz Concept, “blends the ability and practicality of a compact crossover with the excitement and performance of a sports car.”

Inspired by the design of one of Nissan’s first “crossovers” – the iconic Safari Rally-winning Nissan 240Z, which featured a raised ride height, toughened suspension, matte-black finish for the hood and trunk set against a deep red-orange body color.

Under the hood through, the Gripz Cocept has come a long way from its inspirational 240Z. It is equipped with EV technology and a gasoline engine is installed that powers the same electric motor as is currently found in the brand’s LEAF.

The front fascia of the vehicle is designed with the look of the current Nissan line-up in mind and features a V-motion grille, boomerang lamps front and rear, a floating roof and a kicked-up C pillar that deliberately looks Juke-eque.

The 2+2 vehicle has four doors, much like the BMW i3 with, “deep dihedral front doors that swing out and up when opened, and a pair of rear-hinged half-doors behind. There is no B-pillar, allowing easy access to the 2+2 interior.”

Sharing your journey with your friends is easy. Forward-facing cameras are embedded in the headlamps recording and sharing your progress in real time as you travel.

Like other new-ish Nissan models, the Gripz features a floating roof.

Below the roof, at the rear, what Nissan calls the “Kamm tail” gives the concept a “codatronca” effect, while beneath the tailgate sits a pair of chromed trapezoidal exhaust pipes.

Constructed for the concept by Bridgestone, three-spoke, 22-inch wheels are also inspired by racing bicycles – lightweight yet strong, wearing comparatively thin high-pressure tires.


Continuing the external color scheme, the interior of the Gripz features a mix of matte-grey and the deep red-orange colors.

Further indication that the design was inspired by cycling are the the interior exposed tubes, molded bucket seats and layered features in the cabin. Door pulls are shaped like saddles from a racing bike and three-spoke steering wheel replicates the car’s road wheels, right down to the special graphics found on the tire sidewalls.

Like the Nissan Sway Concept and recent production cars, the Nissan Gripz Concept has a “Gliding Wing” instrument panel. This elegantly thin design combines strength with simplicity and perfectly echoes the ethos of the concept.

Nissan Gripz Concept Dimensions (mm)

Length 4,100
Width 1,890
Height 1,500
Wheelbase 2,580

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