Inspired by two wildly diverse race vehicles, the GRIPZ may or may not preview a next-gen Juke: a rally racing Datsun 240Z and a Specialized road racing bicycle.
We initially thought it was definitely a preview of next juke, but now believe (hope?) this GRIPZ might be an off-road Z car.
Would this even be possible!? Oh yes.
As the original Infiniti FX showed, the Nissan front-midship reardrive platform is exceptionally flexible. Everything from the 350Z to the G35 was built of these all-star bones — so the possibility is there. From the initial teaser video snippets seen below, the vehicle appears to run a longitudinally-mounted turbo V6. This could be wishful thinking.
2015 Nissan GRIPZ Concept
Designed to build on Nissan’s pioneering Crossover leadership, Nissan’s Gripz Concept will make its global premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Inspiration for the Nissan Gripz Concept came from the legendary 240Z desert racers as well as the sleek two-wheel world of road cycling. The design explores a new sporty direction for a Crossover concept and was conceived to create an innovative new driving sensation.
The world premiere will take place at the Nissan stand on September 15th, 2015. Stay tuned for more innovative Crossover thinking from Nissan.
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