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Nissan Gripz concept arrives in Frankfurt

Snapshot: An electric crossover based on the Leaf hatchback.

Currently being showcased at 2015 IAA in Frankfurt, the Nissan Gripz concept is an interesting take on the very popular crossover segment and according to its creator it manages to combine the practicality and ability of a CUV with the performance and excitement that you get with a sportscar. Its compact body adopts a rather futuristic shape with many straight lines and edges making it even more striking than the Juke which is known for its rather polarizing design.

Up front it utilizes Nissan’s well-known V-motion grille which in this application is flanked by slender boomerang-shaped LED headlights while at the back the taillights have also been designed to mimic a boomerang. This exciting styling certainly makes the Gripz concept stand out from the crowd, but Nissan says it’s only a design statement rather than being a preview for a production model which means that it’s unlikely this will morph into a production car sometime in the future.

Nissan doesn’t say what powers the concept, but they do mention that it has a hardware arrangement similar to the Leaf, with a combustion gasoline engine working together with an electric motor borrowed from the hatchback. Without going into details, Nissan mentions this setup guarantees “supreme efficiency” as well as “smooth, swift and linear acceleration.”

As far as the interior cabin is concerned, the Gripz concept takes the minimalistic route as there are very few buttons and knobs. It was designed at home in Japan and comes with four individual seats and as you can see it hosts exposed tubes while the design of the center console and the seats was inspired by bicycles. The door pulls have been created to look like the saddles that you see on a racing bike and there's also a combination of red-orange and matte-grey colors creating an interesting visual impact while the see-through A-pillars and the race-like steering wheel are also worthy of our attention. 

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