Here it is, the only other teaser shot of the Nissan concept car for the Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil next week. You can find the front on the MSN Cars homepage in the news section now
(though we've also reproduced it below). Still think this is a coupe concept?
Recent chatter about plans to revive the 240Z label for an affordable sports car make this a credible possibility – especially in light of the semi-official Nissan Insider blog choosing today
to publish a story on Jay Leno's 240Z-themed visit to a top secret Nissan design studio (yes, the one we covered here
However, at least three things suggest something else is going on here.
First of all, it seems strange that Nissan would chose Brazil to show such a potentially important new car for the first time. And I don't mean that to belittle the importance of the Brazilian market, nor to suggest that any future 240Z would be a massive sales success. But the press release also explicitly states the concept was built specifically for Brazil, with Nissan working in conjunction with Brazilian designers to perfect it.
Look at the front wheel in the image above. The space between the tyre and the wheelarch seems far too pronounced for a pure coupe concept anyway. Same with that high rear decklid. But it could be a crossover coupé, perhaps along the lines of the MINI Paceman, though since Nissan also says it's genuinely new, possibly smaller.
Going further out on a limb, and taking Nissan's decision not to show us the roof as circumstantial evidence, could it possibly be some kind of roadster or targa. Or even feature a flip-over roof like the short-lived Renault Wind
? Nissan and Renault are alliance partners, after all.
Given Brazil is a chiefly pragmatic market, it may also seem strange that Nissan has announced such an exciting showcar debut. But the concept is intended to emphasis the importance of the country to Japanese marque's future growth plans. It already has a new Brazilian factory under construction, and is targeting a 5% market share by 2016.
Anyways, I'm off to Brazil for the Motor Show with Volkswagen on Saturday – suffice to say I can't wait to see this new Nissan in person. Whatever turns out to be...