Rumors About the Next-Generation Nissan Z Model Begin to Swirl

January 20th, 2020 by

As Nissan has recently undergone a period of transition, predicting the future of the sporty Nissan Z model has been a bit of a difficult task. Extreme rumors hinted that the model was coming to an end, with some automotive insiders suggesting that Nissan would, in turn, offer a performance crossover as a replacement. None of that appears to be the case according to Autoblog. Inside sources who’ve gotten a glimpse of the upcoming next-generation Nissan Z model say that the vehicle is sure to be well received. Insiders noted that Nissan has apparently been showing the car at dealer meetings. The one aspect of the next-generation Z that stands out? Although it’ll be revamped, the Z model evokes plenty of retro cues from past-generation Z cars. 

Given the secrecy that goes into car engineering and design, Nissan obviously declined to comment on the rumors. Insiders claim that the upcoming design takes a few cues from the 240Z model as it features a squared-off jaw and round headlights. The rear of the next-generation Z vehicle is said to borrow tail lights from the 300ZX model. For the interior, Nissan is looking to modernize the cabin so its vehicles can compete in today’s overwhelming automotive market. Nissan is said to be aiming for a proper infotainment system, similar to the one offered on the revamped Nissan Altima model.

Autoblog’s sources were even generous enough to provide the publication with powertrain information. The engine of choice is said to be a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine, the very same one that’s powering the Infiniti Q50 and Q60 400 Red Sport models. Per the sources, a nine-speed automatic transmission will be the standard, but a manual transmission option is also in the cards. The car likely won’t be ready for another year according to the sources. Nissan may have an ace up its sleeve and surprise audiences by debuting a lightly disguised concept during the 2020 auto show circuit. 

Other changes appear to be in the works for the next-generation Frontier pickup which will be powered by Nissan’s newest twin-turbo V6 engine. If this rumor does turn out to be true, the next-generation Frontier model could be looking at a horsepower figure between the 350-400 horsepower range. Talks about the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine powering the next-generation Z model haven’t really picked up steam yet, but Sam Fiorani of AutoForecast Solutions stated that the twin-turbo “would make an excellent, if not expensive, choice.” No figures are available as of yet as this is conjecture, but experts estimate that the twin-turbo V6 would likely yield a horsepower figure of about 500 hp. 

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