Nissan’s headline act at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show was this, the Nissan EXTREM. The EXTREM was a youthful concept designed to match the vibrant, outgoing nature of Sao Paulo and its inhabitants.
Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at Nissan said of the project: “Brazil is a country of great natural beauty and it has a passionate, rich culture. But this is not always reflected in the cars on its streets, especially the more affordable locally produced vehicles which tend to be conservative in design, colour and specification. EXTREM, with a dynamic, high-character design, is far from conservative. It was created to appeal to the country’s growing band of city-based young professionals who are passionate about design and want to make a personal statement. The lightweight two-door 2+2, has a dynamic stance, fresh surfacing, and a clear rugged ability to tackle the urban jungle everyday.”
Nissan have developed the concept to be an “urban rally car”. That means it needed to be agile yet rugged. Able to weave through city traffic, and also take the odd door ding in its stride. Its high ground clearance belies its compact dimensions, while its coupe-like roofline helps disguise its 2+2 layout. The combination of a wraparound windscreen, floating roof rails and detached C pillars create the feeling of an open, airy cabin.
The EXTREM features has a dedicated luggage space in the rear separate from the cabin. A two-tier system provides secure storage, where items can be hidden from prying eyes beneath an exposed and removable cargo bin which is accessed via the rear hatch. The bin is designed for day-to-day items and fits neatly underneath a structural cross brace that adds extra stiffness to the chassis.
The proposed drivetrain for the Nissan EXTREM concept is a 1.6-litre gasoline engine which shares its technology with the powertrain in the innovative Nissan DeltaWing Le Mans race car. The EXTREM could also be offered with a choice of front or four-wheel drive with Torque Vectoring for improved handling.
Although strictly a concept car with no immediate plans for production, elements of the EXTREM’s styling offers a glimpse into future Nissan products, for both Brazil and other markets.