Nissan Gripz Concept With Nissan LEAF Electric Motor

SEP 16 2015 BY MARK KANE 28

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan is presenting at the Frankfurt Motor Show a new radical sports crossover concept called Gripz.

We don’t know whether it is plug-in (or if it will turn into a plug-in at some point in the future), but there is something related to electric vehicles.

The Gripz Concept has a series hybrid drivetrain – “Pure Drive e-Power,” so the petrol engine powers a generator, which powers electric motors. There should be batteries somewhere in there, and we believe that it has the potential to be Nissan’s first plug-in series hybrid, and with some decent electric range.

Its 80 kW / 254 Nm electric motor also comes directly from the Nissan LEAF:

“The Nissan Gripz Concept is equipped with an EV technology based Series hybrid system; ‘Pure Drive e-Power’. As a result the Nissan Gripz Concept delivers a smooth, refined and exhilarating driving experience with outstanding fuel efficiency. An efficient petrol engine is used to power the electric motor found in the Nissan Leaf. This configuration generates outputs of 80kW and 254Nm.

The powertrain combines Nissan’s various control technologies from its years of experience in developing EVs. This configuration delivers greatly combines smooth, swift and linear acceleration in near-silence, with extreme efficiency.”

Nissan Gripz Concept was inspired by classic desert rally cars and racing bicycles. It was designed to combine the excitement and performance of a sports car and offer practicality of a compact crossover with capacity for 2+2.

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept: A Radical Sports Crossover

Dramatic 2+2 takes Crossover concept to a new level

  • A new breed of sporty compact crossover for a new, younger generation
  • Inspired by classic desert rally cars and racing bicycles
  • Packed with EV technology, based on Series hybrid system ‘Pure Drive’ e-Power drivetrain
  • Introducing ‘emotional geometry’ design language from Nissan
  • Built in ‘dashcam’ cameras take Nissan’s safety technology to a new level

Crossover pioneer Nissan has revealed a new concept car which points to an innovative new future for the marque. Conceived by designers in Europe and Japan, the Nissan Gripz Concept blends the ability and practicality of a compact crossover with the excitement and performance of a sports car.

Infused with an exciting and adventurous feel, thanks to its radical design and advanced powertrain concept – the Nissan Gripz Concept is Nissan’s next move as a game changer, and is a glimpse of how a future compact crossover from the pioneer of the segment might look.

The Nissan Gripz Concept is designed as a car with a dual personality; a vehicle that can handle the day-to-day commute and deliver a genuine adventure at the weekend.

In the same way a cyclist will use a bike to get to work and then head out on that same machine for an adrenaline fuelled ride when the working day is over, so too can the driver of the Nissan Gripz Concept tackle the city streets during the week before enjoying a drive over a mountain pass on a day off.

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Inspiration

Although maintaining a similar footprint to a compact crossover, the Nissan Gripz Concept has the silhouette of a sports car with a raised ride height, equipped to conquer more challenging driving conditions.

The result pays homage to one of Nissan’s first ‘crossovers’ – the iconic Safari Rally-winning Nissan 240Z. In the 1970s these sports cars were re-engineered using expertise gathered from Nissan’s 4×4 range to cope with the demanding conditions of the Baja Peninsula, the open plains of Kenya, Uganda and present day Tanzania. These rally racers featured a raised ride height, toughened suspension and sported a matt-black finish for the bonnet and trunk set against a deep red-orange body colour.

The Nissan 240Zs were proof that sports cars didn’t have to be low to the ground to be fun. The Nissan Gripz Concept proves this again – incorporating Nissan’s expertise in crossovers, 4x4s, sports cars, and to bring it fully up to date for the new generation, electric powertrain prowess.

Powertrain

The Nissan Gripz Concept is equipped with an EV technology based Series hybrid system ‘Pure Drive’ e-Power. An efficient petrol engine is used to power the electric motor found in the Nissan LEAF.

The powertrain combines Nissan’s various control technologies from its years of experience developing EVs. This configuration delivers smooth, swift and linear acceleration in near-silence, with supreme efficiency. As a result, the Nissan Gripz Concept offers a smooth, refined and exhilarating driving experience with outstanding fuel efficiency.

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Design

The Nissan Gripz Concept is seen as a design statement rather than a replacement for an existing model, although it does feature cues from Nissan’s new ‘emotional geometry’ design language.

The Crossover concept incorporates four key design elements first seen in Europe on the Nissan Sway, one of the stars 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, the similarities end there. While Sway hinted at a possible direction for a compact hatchback, the Nissan Gripz Concept is quite the 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,” said Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer.

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 Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Dual Personality

Taking the high-tech simplicity – two apparent contradictions – of a racing bicycle as inspiration, the concept features a carbon frame over which expressive body panels are placed, like armoured cladding.

Exposed carbon elements spear through the design, accentuating features such as the boomerang-shape given to the leading edge of the front door structure. Gripz has four doors – 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.

The front end is dominated by Nissan’s V-motion grille, mounted low and framed by rectangular lamps housing high and low beams.

Embedded in the lamps are forward-facing cameras that record every journey, just as a helmet-cam is used by cyclists. Using a live feed, adventures through great roads can be beamed around the world, allowing for friends to follow the car’s progress on their computer, tablet or smart phone in real time.

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Boomerang-shaped running lights sit above the lamps, on top of the front fenders and denote the demarcation line between the matt-black bonnet and the red-orange main body colour.

More matt-black can be found on the extended wheel arches, the pinched and indented triangular sill – raised to increase ground clearance – and the A-pillar leading to the floating roof. The roof features a central glazed panel with bullet grey-coloured composite panels on either side over the seating areas.

These reduce in width as they flow towards the rear of the car and blend into the rear lamps, which mirror the boomerang shape of the front running lights and wrap themselves around the rear three quarters of the car.

At the rear, a dramatic truncated matt-black Kamm tail gives the concept a ‘codatronca’ effect while beneath the tailgate sits a pair of chromed trapezoidal exhaust pipes.

The three-spoke 22-inch wheels are also inspired by racing bicycles – lightweight yet strong wearing comparatively thin high-pressure tyres, especially constructed for the concept by Bridgestone. Red and white graphics found on the sidewalls are replicated on the car’s steering wheel.

While the exterior was created in Europe, a dedicated team based in Japan designed the interior. Like the exterior, functional simplicity is the key to the design.

Nissan Gripz Concept

Nissan Gripz Concept

Again featuring a mix of matt-grey and the deep red-orange colours, the interior underlines the car’s Tour de France inspiration with exposed tubes, moulded bucket seats and layered features echoing the cladding effect found on the exterior.

The seats and centre console are directly inspired by bicycles, as are the door pulls that are shaped like saddles from a racing bike. The three-spoke steering wheel, meanwhile, replicates the car’s road wheels, right down to the special graphics found on the tyre 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.

“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,” Nakamura added.

Nissan Gripz Concept Dimensions (mm)

Length              4,100

Width               1,890

Height              1,500

Wheelbase        2,580″

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Put a big battery in it for 250 miles range and call it a Porsche Mission e fighter.

Overall, it looks fun… Not my style, but still fun.

Why the fake ICE Grill and Dual Exhaust Ports on the back? Needs Nosecone, not Honeycomb! 😉

Yay, Gull Wing doors? At least it’s not boring and as fugly as the Leaf.

I agree with Gerorge. It should have a bigger battery, with all that non-aero angularity, huge wheels, and surface vivisectioning going on.

Yeah, people putting grilles on EVs is a pet peeve of mine. I don’t care about the styling but it is stupid aerodynamically.

I’ll take one in black leather boots, er, I mean seats.

This thing has even more gratuitous creases in its bodywork than the new Prius. I find the crumpled paper styling, even less attractive than the cheese wedge style, popular for the last several decades. I am wistful for the fluid lines of the original XKE.

Cars are following the styling cues of sneakers and toothbrushes. If you can’t improve its function, add a bunch of odd, bulging, colored panels.

A car looking like this is surely focussed on a particular demographic; namely young, male, computer gaming, etc.
Just the demographic that is becoming on average less affluent AND showing less interest in cars anyway. Way to go Nissan!

As for me, I wouldn’t be seen dead in it!

But I am starting to love my fugly Leaf! Inconsistent? You decide!

Yes. The auto industry has a real problem, going forward. The new generation of consumers will never be able to afford evermore complex, and costly vehicles, given their earning prospects, and debt burden. The competition for auto companies, now, are the ubiquitous Chinese scooters at Rent-A-Centers.

Well, that’s Nissan for you, the same designers who brought us the Juke, the Cube, and now… this.

I blame the power of CAD tools for designers. When you build things in clay, you have limitations and time to THINK about what you’re designing: Flow, Form, Function.

This thing was clearly NOT first created in real world materials. It’s all a 3D modeling exercise, with tools that easily inset gaps and offsets in NURB surfaces, without regard to real world and aesthetic consequences. Most of these things look fugly or overly complex, while increasing the cost to manufacture.

I think Porsche’s “Mission / Model E”, is an example of a great balance between historical design language and current 3D CAD capabilities. Their vehicle flows, yet does not feel dated. Just wish they stuck to flush oval headlamps.

So… a Juke and a Volt had an illegitimate love child. Amiright?

You nailed it Lou, exactly what I was thinking.

+1

Would be great in a Mad Max movie.

Needs more grunge. 😉

But not sure such a fragile, multi-layered design would hold up in a post-apocalyptic world. 😉

In the new post-apocalyptic world, I know how to make electricity. Do you know how to make gasoline?

No, but I could make bio-diesel out of the rendered fat of my victims. 😉

The bike comparison was terrible.
On the second cog at the back it would not travel faster than a ten year old and at the beginning both lagest cogs were used resulting in maximum chain cross.

No biker with any clue would do this.

Not sure this is exactly what I was looking for, but “series hybrid SUV/CUV” very much has my attention. If they green light this, it won’t look so extreme in production.

Something closer to the Lexus NX would be perfect.

I think their designers just scaled up a Hot-Wheels toy.

This looks like someone mixed a concept Volt with a Juke. I think if they went with a series hybrid with a ~20kWh pack, it would make for a great little 4×4.

Am I the only one who is looking for EVs Cars that are plain like the Aptera or EV1 or like in Demolition Man? No actually even more plain!

No. I liked the last Aptera Prototype before that a**hole Paul Wilbur ruined the vehicle and bankrupted the company. 🙁

The Elio layout looks similar (too small for my needs), but it burns gas– and there is something fishy about never going into production, after raising multi-millions quite some time ago.

“. . . after raising multi-millions quite some time ago.”

They’re still at it, having just recently raised a whopping $25 million through crowdfunding.

http://www.autoblog.com/2015/07/28/elio-reaches-25m-crowdfunding-target/

Startups, and OEMs have been showing small, efficient vehicles for decades. I thought we had a shot when lithium batteries became available, but the public reaction has been hostile, and will continue to be so, until we are all walking. Everybody assumes small and efficient is cheap. It is not. Big and stupid is cheap.

Big and Stupid is cheap– ONLY when you account for the obvious business costs; not the environmental ones.

Nissan have lost the plot!

All you haters up above me don know nuttin!

I hate SUVs and I think this is a nice looking car!

So there! ;P