Nissan Urge concept previews the firm's answer to the Mazda MX-5
20 December 2005

This styling sketch of a cute-looking two seater-roadster could for the basis for a future Nissan rival to Mazda's MX-5. The Urge is a rear-wheel-drive sports car concept, set to be shown at next month's Detroit motor show.

Designers at Nissan's Californian studio were said to be inspired by motorbike styling for the Urge. They've followed the theme through with the choice of engine for the concept. Details are still scarce but the Urge will feature a motorbike-style, high-revving small-capacity engine, driving through a six-speed gearbox. There's no word yet of what platform the Urge is built on, but the 350Z's underpinnings are the most likely base.

The diminutive body is built from colour-infused aluminium panels and sits on brushed aluminium-alloy wheels. The snug driver-oriented cockpit is likely to have a host of innovative features and even includes an integrated Xbox 360 video gaming system.

A Nissan insider suggested that a production version of the Urge has not been given the green light. But the company has admitted that it is keen to launch a small rear-wheel-drive roadster, although any production car is not likely to appear before 2008. It also raises the intriguing possibility that a Renault version could also be under consideration.

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