The Nissan Gripz concept has been given its full debut at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show and points to a potential Z-branded SUV.

After teasers and rumours, the Gripz concept finally made its debut at this year's Frankfurt show. Nissan says that this "dual personality" show car has the "silhouette of a sports car with a raised ride height [and is] equipped to conquer more challenging driving conditions".

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Primary inspiration for the Gripz comes from the highly modified 240Z racers that won the 1971 and 1973 Safari Rally, which took place in Kenya, Uganda and modern-day Tanzania.

Using the contemporary 240Z as its basis, these rally cars were equipped with raised ride height and toughened suspension components.

The Gripz features a black and deep orange/red paint scheme that's said to mimic the livery of those Safari Rally-winning 240Z race cars.

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According to Nissan, the Gripz employs a series hybrid drivetrain that mates together an efficient petrol engine with the 80kW/254Nm electric motor from the Leaf. No performance figures have been provided, but the company promises a "smooth, refined and exhilarating driving experience with outstanding fuel efficiency".

While its body style and drivetrain bear little resemblance to any production Z-car, the new Gripz is around the same length (4100mm) as the original Datsun 240Z (4140mm).

Measuring 1890mm wide, 1500mm tall and riding on a 2580mm wheelbase, the Gripz dwarfs the 240Z's 1626mm width, 1283mm height and 2305mm wheelbase.

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Inside, the Gripz seats four people within individual bucket seats.

Entry to the back seats comes courtesy of rear-hinged rear doors, and ingress and egress is said to be aided by the car's lack of a B-pillar.

A report last month indicated that Nissan is seriously considering to replacing the rear-wheel drive 370Z with a Z-badged small, sporty crossover vehicle.

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The report's source said that Nissan would have a concept car at the Frankfurt motor show designed along that theme, and which would serve as a prelude to a production vehicle.

Click here to see more photos of the Nissan Gripz concept.