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Report: New Nissan Z-Car Coming Next Year

Report: New Nissan Z-Car Coming Next Year

The current Nissan 370Z has been gracing Nissan showrooms since 2009 with minimal updates. What was originally a homage to the Datsun 240Z has become an outdated sports coupe, but Nissan is apparently going to address this issue in 2020.

According to MotorTrend, Nissan is planning to rollout a new Z Car next year. This news comes after the publication visited with one of the company’s executives at the recent Tokyo Motor Show.

“We are not forgetting about Z,” Ivan Espinosa, corporate vice president of global and Japan product planning, tells MotorTrend in an interview at the Tokyo Motor Show. “It is one of our emblematic cars.”

Nissan has already dropped the roadster version of the 370Z for the 2020 model year, leaving just the coupe version. Espinosa hinted to MotorTrend the company sees higher global demand for a coupe version than it does for a convertible, which makes a strong implication the next Z Car will be coupe-only.

Speaking of the next Z, rumors point to the car being named the 400Z. Such a nameplate would imply the displacement of the car’s V-6 will be increased to 4.0 from today’s 3.7-liter. Despite the rumors, Espinosa and other Nissan executives remain coy about the name or powertrain of the car. Espinosa was willing confirm that the final design of the new Z is still not completely locked in, though.

Given the car’s design isn’t even fully locked, it’s unlikely we’ll see production of a new Z commence next year. It sounds more likely that Nissan will either show a concept version of debut the production car later in 2020.





 

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  1. carnut
    I think Nissan can go two ways with this car -- low volume, high margin 'heritage' car aimed at an older audience -- including some former potential 'Vette buyers turned off my that car's shift to mid-engine. In that case, a big displacement 6 with ~400 hp and stunning styling and probably a shift up in price.
    This is what I would like to see them do considering the market and what Corvette became.
    Tone
    I think Nissan can go two ways with this car -- low volume, high margin 'heritage' car aimed at an older audience -- including some former potential 'Vette buyers turned off my that car's shift to mid-engine. In that case, a big displacement 6 with ~400 hp and stunning styling and probably a shift up in price.

    Or, it can use it as a low volume, high tech showcase. In that case, using the building blocks from the Leaf for a performance platform. Think dual motor (~430 hp and a whole lot of torque) with a big enough battery pack to offer useful range (~250 miles). That would be a great halo car for Nissan, and a two-seat performance vehicle is often going to be a second car anyway, meaning challenges for coast-to-coast driving are less.

    If I was Nissan, I'd look to the future and go with the second option, but there may be a profitable spot in the market for the first approach -- but the styling needs to be right on the money and age better than the current car.
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