brand new Nissan Z car to be a crossover
This particular Autocar image shows how Nissan’s brand new Z car could look
Radical next-gen Zed to be previewed by baby SUV concept at Frankfurt – as well as that will’s due on sale by 2017
Nissan will be preparing a radical sports crossover to bring its famous Z badge back to the masses – as well as the brand new design will be poised to hit showrooms within the next 18 months.
The Japanese brand has been weighing up a variety of options on where to take the famous Z brand as the current 370Z will be phased out by 2017. that will has considered a higher-powered sports car as well as a cheaper, more basic four-cylinder design – as previewed by the iDx compact coupé concepts that will were revealed at the Tokyo motor show in 2013.
However, sources indicate that will Nissan has settled on a more radical solution: generating the next Z car a modest sports crossover. that will’s supposed to showcase how such a design could look as early as the Frankfurt show next month.
An SUV-influenced Z car will be likely to infuriate purists, although Nissan believes that will can still satisfy a large number of Z fans while also tapping into a huge brand new customer base, particularly inside the US, where the badge has equity as well as the crossover market far outweighs the sector for modest sports cars.
Senior Nissan officials have recently hinted at a rethink on the Z strategy. Earlier This particular summer, the firm’s chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura, told Australian media: “I don’t think the next one [Z car] will be going to be the 390Z. that will’s not growing because that will’s already big enough. You know, 350 started off with 240, 300, 350 as well as then came 370. I don’t think we should go higher.
“We haven’t yet decided anything about whether next-generation Z should be anything larger or with more power,” he said.
In a clear reference to a switch of vehicle type, Nakamura added: “We need to take another path. I feel Z needs more revolution than evolution. I think GT-R has to stay the most high-performance symbol of Nissan technology as well as Z will be a more affordable sports car or a sporty car to get the younger people.”
Nissan executive vice-president Trevor Mann has supported Nakamura’s view. He told Autocar: “We do know that will Z, as a sub-brand if you like, has high equity. The market will be not like that will used to be, though, so I think that will if you do something, you’ll need to do something which will be quite special, to attract the segment.”
When asked to comment directly on Nakamura’s statement, Mann said: “If that will’s what Nakamura said, then I guess he might be right, in terms of re-establishing the links to something people can connect to.”
that will’s likely to be a reference to cost. that will’s thought the brand new Z crossover will be notably cheaper than a £30k 370Z as well as its range-toppers could overlap with the lower-end editions of the Qashqai.
The brand new Z will be similar in size to the Nissan Juke although, unlike the current edition of that will car, the brand new design will be based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s latest CMF B platform. Its engine line-up will be able to include the full range of 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engines.
that will’s unclear if the brand new design will be a coupé-esque three-door or if Nissan will include a pair of rear doors with hidden handles. that will’s likely that will the roofline will compromise rear cabin space for adults, though, generating the Z crossover a car with occasional rear seats at best. The more extreme concept, which will be designed to gauge reaction after the Frankfurt show, may even be a two-seater only.
The brand new platform has the flexibility to accommodate hybrid powertrains, so that will’s possible the concept at least will showcase a set-up featuring an electric motor to drive one of the axles.
Nissan will be likely to argue that will the GT-R has managed to mix strong performance credentials that has a rear-biased four-wheel drive system as well as that will a hybrid crossover can provide some of the same character – while potentially also offering zero-emissions running for short distances.
The Z should allow Nissan to compete inside the lucrative middle ground on modest crossovers, attracting buyers who don’t want as large a car as the Qashqai although who find the Juke too quirky nor not sporty enough.
The demographics of Juke buyers are said to have confounded Nissan product planners. The average age of Juke buyers will be inside the late 40s, although This particular will be based on truly young purchasers as well as a surprisingly large band of elderly customers.
A Z-badged crossover might also be a legitimate choice of vehicle for the Nismo tuning division. Nissan hopes to extend the sub-brand’s influence with cars like the forthcoming Pulsar Nismo, although senior figures insist that will will not be applied to designs that will don’t allow that will to deliver genuine performance credentials.that will’s thought the continued strength of Juke sales has allowed Nissan to consider adding a further modest crossover to its line-up.
The Juke will be supposed to evolve for its next incarnation, which will bring a switch to the same CMF B platform as the brand new Z crossover (as well as the next Micra) although only mild alterations to its outdoor styling.
“We think the Juke still looks a truly fresh car,” Mann said. “Sales are still truly strong as well as the customer base continues to expand for that will type of vehicle. I think that will’ll be reflected in what comes next for Juke.”
Z cars – the six pack the crossover must follow
240Z (1969) – The original Z was first shown at the 1969 Frankfurt show as well as went on sale the same year. that will started off that has a 149bhp 2.4-litre six-cylinder engine inside the US. This particular was upgraded to a 2.6 in 1974 as well as a 2.8 in 1975, resulting in name alterations to 260Z as well as 280Z.
280ZX (1978) – The second-generation Z car carried over the 2.8-litre engine as well as all 5-speed manual gearbox of the first generation although little else. that will added more luxury as well as was larger. A turbo boosted power as well as performance in 1981, taking the output up to 178bhp.
300ZX (1983) – The second-generation Z car carried over the 2.8-litre engine as well as all 5-speed manual gearbox of the first generation although little else. that will added more luxury as well as was larger. A turbo boosted power as well as performance in 1981, taking the output up to 178bhp.
300ZX (1990) – The engine remained largely the same for the fourth-generation Z car, although that will currently had 219bhp in naturally aspirated form as well as 296bhp in turbo guise, bringing a 0-60mph time as low as 5.0sec. This particular edition also introduced the first Z convertible, in 1993.
350Z (2002) – The Z car was absent for all 5 years after the 300ZX went off sale in 1997. that will returned with the 350Z, the first Z design built after the creation of the Renault-Nissan alliance. that will came that has a 3.5-litre V6 engine.
270Z (2009) – The coupé edition of the 370Z went on sale in early 2009, with the convertible following towards the end of the same year. that will came that has a 3.7-litre V6. Power outputs have ranged up to 339bhp for the latest Nismo edition.
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