I See You: Next Nissan Z, Frontier Make Brief Appearances
Nissan’s new 4-year plan, despite aiming for efficiency and value, doesn’t leave sporty driving in the dustbin of history. Sports cars still exist as one of the automaker’s core products, and the very long awaited next-generation Z will be among that global cohort.
On the volume side of things, the brand’s compact and midsize crossovers are due for a rejuvenation, along with Nissan’s midsize pickup, which last gained a new body during the Bush administration.
In a teaser video accompanying its business plan, Nissan rolls out the entirety of its near-future product introductions. Most notable is the new Z, a sport coupe bearing a distinctive teardrop shape and immediately recognizable retro features. The camera zooms in to the new Z logo adorning the C-pillar.
There’s trim proportions and clean bodywork to be seen, with bulging rear fenders and a pronounced chin. If Toyota’s new Supra is too ungainly for your tastes, Nissan might have what you’re looking for. Expected to appear next year as a 2022 model, the next-gen Z might carry the 400Z name.
While the video showed no sign of the low-volume GT-R, as associated presentation outlining Nissan’s market strategy does indeed show the model inhabiting one of Nissan’s four core products (C- and D- segment vehicles, EVs, and sports cars). That’s no guarantee of its continued existence in the lineup, what with Nissan planning to shed 20 percent of its models over the next 4 years.
The next revamped models to appear in the Nissan lineup will be the next-generation Rogue and Pathfinder, joined by the updated Frontier (a model which saw its new powertrain debut in an old body for 2020) and full-size Armada. An electric SUV heralded in January by the Ariya concept vehicle will also make an appearance in the coming year. Besides that, the automaker’s woefully underperforming Infiniti division stands to gain a new QX60, which is something that might sell.
It seems Nissan felt comfortable giving us a taste of the 2021 Frontier, which appears in the video for just a brief moment. There’s not a lot to tell. The Frontier remains a midsize pickup, one that’s expected to ride atop an updated version of its existing platform.
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- Darren Mertz In 2000, after reading the glowing reviews from c/d in 1998, I decided that was the car for me (yep, it took me 2 years to make up my mind). I found a 1999 with 24k on the clock at a local Volvo dealership. I think the salesman was more impressed with it than I was. It was everything I had hoped for. Comfortable, stylish, roomy, refined, efficient, flexible, ... I can't think of more superlatives right now but there are likely more. I had that car until just last year at this time. A red light runner t-boned me and my partner who was in the passenger seat. The cops estimate the other driver hit us at about 50 mph - on a city street. My partner wasn't visibly injured (when the seat air bag went off it shoved him out of the way of the intruding car) but his hip was rather tweaked. My car, though, was gone. I cried like a baby when they towed it away. I ruminated for months trying to decide how to replace it. Luckily, we had my 1998 SAAB 9000 as a spare car to use. I decided early on that there would be no new car considered. I loathe touch screens. I'm also not a fan of climate control. Months went by. I decided to keep looking for another B5 Passat. As the author wrote, the B5.5 just looked 'over done'. October this past year I found my Cinderella slipper - an early 2001. Same silver color. Same black leather interior. Same 1.8T engine. Same 5 speed manual transmission. I was happier than a pig in sh!t. But a little sad also. I had replaced my baby. But life goes on. I drive it every day to work which takes me over some rather twisty freeway ramps. I love the light snarel as I charge up some steep hills on my way home. So, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Passat guy.
- Paul Mezhir As awful as the styling was on these cars, they were beautifully assembled and extremely well finished for the day. The doors closed solidly, the ride was extremely quiet and the absence of squeaks and rattles was commendable. As for styling? Everything's beautiful in it's own way.....except for the VI coupe....it's proportions were just odd: the passenger compartment and wheelbase seemed to be way too short, especially compared to the VI sedan. Even the short-lived Town Coupe had much better proportions. None of the fox-body Lincolns could compare to the beautiful proportions of the Mark V.....it was the epitome of long, low, sleek and elegant. The proportions were just about perfect from every angle.
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- Master Baiter New slogan in the age of Ford EVs:FoundOnRoadDischarged
Assuming Nissan will be around in 2037 but if they are they might be part of Geely. The more I read articles about Nissan's cost cutting the less faith I have in Nissan. Nissan needs to start with better quality and better quality will bring in the customers. Getting out of less profitable markets is a good plan but without quality and relying on just less models and higher prices will just accelerate their problems.
Could Nissan build a light, fast, nimble Z car again? Or gasp! lower, yes actually lower, one of their CUVs and come out with a modern front wheel drive 510? One hit vehicle, Nissan just needs one hit vehicle.