By on May 28, 2020

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.

[Images: Nissan]

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21 Comments on “I See You: Next Nissan Z, Frontier Make Brief Appearances...”


  • avatar
    Hummer

    What’s with the corvette like windshield take on the frontier? It’s a pickup not a sports car.

    Gross.

    • 0 avatar
      Vulpine

      @Hummer: It’s hardly “Corvette-like” and all trucks have taken on a more sloping windshield to improve aerodynamics for fuel economy. I don’t care if you don’t like it but physics tends to override pure appearances.

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        It’s way too much slope, there is no need to make the angle that steep, it inhibits view and makes the driving experience poor. Absolute waste, truck abilities should override minimal fuel economy benefits.

        • 0 avatar
          Vulpine

          @Hummer: Like I said, physics overrides pure appearances. The more slope there is to the nose and windshield, the better the aerodynamics for highway fuel economy. It may not have much effect at 30mph but it has 8x as much effect at 60mph and 32x as much at 80mph.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            It has 100% affect on using this as a truck, if your never leaving a highway then you shouldn’t be in a truck to begin with. Anyone doing truck duties will quickly get frustrated by the windshield angle.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            @Hummer: I, personally, do truck things in a pickup truck bigger than that Nissan and I happen to appreciate the fact that I have that slanted window. It makes seeing traffic lights easier and gives me about 7mpg more than a Ford F-150 that gave me 100 fewer horses under the hood on the highway.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            Traffic lights easier what?

            Yes I’m sure that adding 20 degrees to your windshield resulted in gaining 7MPG and 100 HP, makes perfect sense.

            KenWorth is about to own 100% market share once they find this out.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            Clearly, Hummer, you don’t understand physics and you don’t care. In the F-150 I had to lean all the way forward to the steering wheel to see many traffic lights because of their placement with respect to the roadway. Why? Because they are above the roadway and almost directly above the center of the intersection. The added slope of the windshield means that the viewing angle is notably improved and you don’t have to strain your back and neck to view it.

            As for the 7mpg, try it yourself sometime. Go take that old H-1 you own and drive one full tank out on the highway and calculate your mpg. Then fasten down a sheet of plexiglass in front of your windshield to add that 20 degrees of slope to the glass (tie or tape it down good, cause I’m pretty sure it will try to lift from the air getting under it.) Drive that same route at the same speed on the same amount of fuel, and see how much fuel you have left. The improvement in fuel mileage should become obvious, even to you.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            Yea sure, an 8,000 lb, AWD truck on 38s is going to go from 16 MPG to 23MPG by adding plexiglass to create an angle at the windshield.

            Officially the dumbest thing I’ve heard this week.

            I have a pretty good feeling that my experience with physics and wind tunnels outweighs yours.

            I think your traffic light issue may be an old age issue, if you don’t pull so far over the line you should have a perfectly clear line of sight to any traffic lights.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            “Yea sure, an 8,000 lb, AWD truck on 38s is going to go from 16 MPG to 23MPG by adding plexiglass to create an angle at the windshield.”
            — Perhaps. but a 4mpg improvement is NOT impossible. Every little bit helps.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            I am well pushing the limitations of fuel economy on that truck, directing airflow over the windshield, despite creating a less turbulent and more laminar flow *in that one spot* will not suddenly change the economy in any reasonable amount.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            You would be surprised. If you’re using one of those “bug guard” deflectors on your hood, that makes matters worse, not better.

    • 0 avatar
      bmcculley

      Using a protracted screen layover, it appears the A pillar angle between the new Frontier and the current Tacoma are within 2 degrees.

  • avatar
    redapple

    A Frontier at Tacoma prices will FAIL.
    Give much more for much less.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    Sentra SE-R?

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    The Frontier will not give much more for less that was the past now it’s more expensive. At one time I put the Frontier at the top of my list now if I am paying just as much I would rather have a Tacoma. Nissan is in the process of cutting costs and I doubt their quality will improve more like it will decline even more. At least the Tacoma has known reliability and its value does not drop like a rock which Nissans have a history of depreciating rapidly.

  • avatar
    Oberkanone

    With 2021 Frontier design complete the team has started work on the 2037 Frontier!

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    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.

  • avatar
    el scotto

    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.

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