The Nissan Gripz has shocked and thrilled the motoring world in the last few weeks. First we were shocked at just how outstanding and different the Gripz was and then we were thrilled because it make for some really great pun headlines. But now that the thrill is over, what does the Nissan Gripz mean for the future of Nissan and, more specifically, what does it mean for the future of the Nissan 370Z?
But before we get to that, let’s take a quick look at this new thriller. Nissan has stated that this is a new breed of sporty crossover for a younger generation of drivers. Design wise, Nissan has been ‘inspired by classic desert rally cars and racing bicycles.’ Rally cars yes. Racing bicycles… Maybe? (If anybody has a racing bicycle that looks remotely like this car please let us know!) But to assert their claim, Nissan has said that like bicycles, this vehicle has two personalities: there is the getting to work in the morning aspect and the adventuring after work aspect. Interesting…
But where it gets really interesting for us is the technology hidden underneath the awe inspiring design of the Nissan Gripz. Rather than going for another all electric concept, Nissan has designed the Gripz to incorporate a hybrid ‘Pure Drive e-Power’ system, which means that there will be a petrol engine powering the electric motor found in the LEAF.
Design wise Nissan has incorporated some of the best aspects of previous cars and concepts to create something that looks like it about to star in a sci-fi movie crossed with Mad Max. There is a little bit of the Nissan Sway concept and a whole lot of madness from Nissan’s new design language ‘Emotional Geometry’. This roughly translates to a stealth fighter that screams look at me.
So what does this have to do with the Nissan 370Z? Well, Nissan states that in addition to bicycles, the Gripz was inspired by the Nissan 240Z, which for those of you who remember was a rally legend back in the ‘70s. Nissan goes even further to state that the 240Z was in fact the world’s first crossover vehicle and was ‘proof that sports cars didn’t have to be low to the ground to be fun.’ Is this a subtle hint that the rumors that next model in the Z line will be a crossover? Is Nissan learning from the surprising popularity of the Nissan Juke and creating a more accessible and fun line of vehicles? Or is the only real connection the face that Nissan through in the Z in Gripz to make it sound even sportier? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, the Nissan 370Z and other Nissan crossovers are available across the country and ready for you to take for a test drive.