Nissan Extrem concept bows in Brazil

Concept is blends versatility and toughness with the agility of a compact 2+2

Published: October 23, 2012, 6:00 PM
Updated: November 22, 2021, 3:58 PM

Nissan Extrem concept - high rear 3/4 view

A few days ago Nissan teased us with some partial renderings of a new Brazilian-themed and built concept vehicle it said would introduce a unique new genre to the automotive world – a car aimed squarely at young (and young-at-heart) enthusiasts keen to make a statement on the roads.

Now the company has fleshed out that promise with some full photos and a name – the Nissan Extrem.

Nissan calls it an urban sports car concept that has been designed for and built in Brazil, featuring "an explosion of exotic colour, style and passion" that reflects that country.

It will make its world debut at the 27th Sao Paulo International Motor Show (October24 – November4).


According to Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at Nissan, "EXTREM 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."

Designed by Nissan Design America (NDA) in San Diego, California, in collaboration with Brazilian designers and produced in Brazil, the concept is said to blend versatility and toughness with the agility of a compact 2 2 to create a new genre of urban compact sports car.


"We call it Baby Beast," said Robert Bauer, Senior Design Manager for the project at NDA. "We see it as an urban rally car, a tough little street fighter that can handle the urban jungle with agility and confidence."

Although strictly a concept car with no immediate plans for production, elements of EXTREM's styling offers a glimpse into future Nissan products, for Brazil and beyond, the company said in a statement.

Should it be built, EXTREM's power would come from Nissan's advanced direct injection and turbocharged (DIG-T) 1.6-litre gasoline engine. It could also be offered with a choice of front or four-wheel drive with Torque Vectoring for enhanced handling capabilities.

"EXTREM suggests that exotic and exciting design need not just be reserved for expensive cars. It shows that innovative, sophisticated design can be made in a clever, attainable way. EXTREM is one of our answers to this possibility and it opens an exciting new chapter in our design relationship with Brazil," said Nakamura.

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