Introducing the Nissan Gripz Concept, a Radical Sports Crossover

Introducing the Nissan Gripz Concept, a Radical Sports Crossover


We wanted to design something free of conventional standards A fusion of man and machine At Nissan We have a history pioneering new crossovers This is our future sports crossover concept The traditional two-seater sports car is evolving and this is our interpretation of its’ future. Nissan has a strong motorsports heritage, and this sports concept takes inspiration from the legendary rally cars of the 70’s. Those cars had so much character. It took what a traditional sports car is in your mind,
long hood, fast back quite sleek, but then it’s jacked up higher off the ground,
has a different stance. The red and black evoke those sporty colours. They give a sense of adventure and excitement. The key design features of the exterior is all about layering. The bonnet is carbon fibre, very dark You have this inner volume which is in a glass cabin, and this is wrapped around with red surfaces,
which works almost like body armour. A very distinctive feature on the body side is the air outlet, which is exposing some of the carbon fibre between the layers. One of the key inspirations for us on this concept was a road bike. The fact that you can commute with it daily, but then you look forward to on the weekend a long ride through the mountains. We created a design that was inspired by bicycle elements throughout. We took the idea for the console and the dashboard from road bike frames. We continued with the bicycle influence through the interior
with the saddle-like cutaway seats and arm rests. Even the steering wheel looks like a bicycle wheel and a tire pattern
wraps around it, emphasizing the connection. This allows us to express that “direct sensation” when you ride a road bike. This in itself makes it more open and lightweight, therefore, I think more sporty and that’s the connection, so you can feel the road, feel the drive. We think of it as synchronization between the driver and the car. The heartbeat and the engine are connected through this stripped-back form. Gripz is a concept like no other. We are challenging conventions, redefining the connection between the driver and the car. I feel we have captured that connection between the car and its environment. This whole concept is about the journey and feeling everything, the road, the wind, you really become part of the journey.

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