Nissan pays tribute with Gripz concept

Nissan has revealed all the details surrounding its Gripz Concept, which it says blends the ability and practicality of a compact crossover with the excitement and performance of a sports car.

The Gripz’ design is an homage to 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 Gripz 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.