Next-Generation Nissan Z Rumored For Tokyo - And Just In Time, Too
Nissan is finally ready to give us a look at the next-generation Z sports car — and just in time, too.
According to a report from Japan’s Best Car magazine, the Japanese automaker will unveil a Z concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October. Earlier rumors suggested a next-generation Z car could take the form of a crossover, based on Nissan UK’s Gripz Concept, but it seems it’ll be a traditional rear-wheel-drive coupe with similar proportions to the current car.
In terms of design, the Z is expected to adopt a more aggressive style, pulling inspiration from the potent GT-R. The rumor suggests it will ride on a shorter wheelbase borrowed from the Infiniti Q60’s FR-L platform.
That means you shouldn’t be surprised to see it share powerplants with the Q60, including its 400-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine found in the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport that could serve as the heart of a future Nismo model. Also rumored is an entry-level 3.0-liter V6 with 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and a hybrid powertrain using the same engine and an electric motor to generate more than 500 hp. Nissan will likely offer a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic for some models.
The current Nissan 370Z has been on the market for more than eight years and it’s long overdue for a makeover. Full-year sales for the Z in 2016 were at their lowest point in at least 14 years, down 20 percent versus 2015 to 5,913 units, according to GoodCarBadCar. Sales of the current 370Z peaked in 2009, it’s first full year on sale, at 13,117 units. North of the border, Z sales surged in 2016 to 932 units, which is the greatest number of Z’s Nissan has sold in Canada since 2004.
The next-generation Nissan Z should arrive by 2019.
A version of this article originally appeared on AutoGuide.
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- ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
- ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
- Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
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- ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂
Also, really looking forward to the new Z...I might pick up a pre-owned one in the interim (at 6'6", it's one of the few sports cars that I can fit comfortably in).
I was hoping they would downsize the Z and get back to its roots with FRS/BRZ type car but with that same 300 HP turbo V6 stuff in it. The current Q60 is a touch too big (my wife has one now and its spectacular!) so I was hoping for smaller. However it only makes sense to use the new Q as the base since this will be a limited, niche product thus a unique platform ain't happening. The current Z finds itself in a weird no-where land position: its not as light as the FRS/BRZ yet doesn't have the big HP of the Camaro and Mustang. It needs a direction and a focus. Thankfully Nissan came to their senses and aren't going with the stupid sporty CUV (GripZ) idea.