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The recognition of Brazil as an automotive hotspot is reflected in the all-new Nissan Extrem concept, which will make its global debut at tomorrow’s Sao Paulo Motor Show.

The Nissan Extrem was designed especially for Brazil by Nissan Design America (NDA) in San Diego, California, in collaboration with Brazilian designers. Although strictly a concept at this stage, the Extrem offers a glimpse at the design of Nissan’s future crossovers for developing markets.

“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,” said NDA chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura.

“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 who 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,” Nakamura added.

NDA senior design manager for the Extrem project Robert Bauer calls it the “Baby Beast”.

“We see it as an urban rally car, a tough little street fighter that can handle the urban jungle with agility and confidence.”

As a compact 2+2, there’s room for luggage in the rear with a two-tier storage system where valuables can be stored securely beneath a removable bin that is accessed via the rear hatch.

Power for the Nissan Extrem would come from Nissan’s 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, which is related to the powertrain in the Nissan DeltaWing Le Mans racecar.

The Extrem could also be offered in both front- and all-wheel drive utilising torque vectoring for better handling.

Nissan is striving for a five per cent share of the new car market in Brazil by 2014 with eight new models planned by 2016. Nissan has also committed $2.6 billion to build a new manufacturing plant in Rio de Janeiro, with production to commence in 2014. The facility will be capable of producing up to 200,000 vehicles every year.


  • Monk

    The front is Peugeot meets 370Z.  The back is awful.  I want to dismiss it as a silly pointless exercise but I want to grab it and drive it on the beach and over sandhills while playing Beach Boys or something similarly escapist and summery.

    • 5reasonreviews.com

      Looks a bit like the Twingo

      • 5reasonreviews.com

        Make that the Twizy… on steroids

      • Henry Toussaint

         Or a Renault Wind..

  • Dave W

    Look, It’s the 370Z SUV.

  • Zaccy16

    This will be a big segment if all the concepts are released

  • Mikey

    A replacement for the Juke?

  • Mad Max

    Has that already been in an accident???

    • Bill

      No, I don’t believe it has been.

      • Mad Max

        Just proves designing cars in California comes with risks. All those drugn n stuff.

  • Jober As A Sudge

    Looks like it belongs on a Hot Wheels track

  • Bill

    Kind of like a CR-Z 4×4.

  • Ga

    I like it!!!! Think ahead?

  • Arkitek

    Now I know what it looks like when you give a car a good wedgie

  • Jakeeus

    This is exactly what we need in the motoring world, something different! Everyone who has already dismissed it, a lot of today’s cars would be considered out there if they were shown 20 or 30 years ago. Yes it looks a little bit unrefined in early concept form but what car doesn’t? We can’t stay the same for ever and cars are about due for some radical shake ups/changes in styling! To the future!

    • Sonic

      Well said! I never understood people who criticise the styling of concept cars (like some people who have already posted here). Without forward thinking like this, the motoring world would have never seen amazing cars like the Lancia Stratos or Citroen DS. Concepts like this Nissan restores my faith in car design. 

      • Golfmother

        Agreed , good on them .

  • GIG

    Oh… So It IS a CAR…

  • 12incher

    KILL IT ARRGGGG!!!