Will the next Nissan Z be a crossover
Jay Ramey is an associate editor with Autoweek, a sister publication of Automotive Information.
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After fighting generation strategies for the Nissan IDx coupes, there's now a very real chance the next Z car is a crossover. Autocar reports that not only could it be it be previewed in concept form in the Frankfurt auto show, but that it's going to go on-sale in 2017.
How did we get to the stage?
For starters, the present 370Z is going to be permitted to expire by 2017. As its substitute, Nissan was considering a smaller coupe as a chance, pre-viewing it in theory form in the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The IDx would happen to be powered with a four-cylinder motor, and would happen to be a throw-back to the packaging provided by the Datsun Z - Cars of the 70's.
The organization has selected to not go that route, and has signaled that it is going to instead promote a little sports crossover.
Nissan executives have indicated the organization is not going to be rehashing the exact same formula or looking to improve up on the 370Z immediately.
"I do not believe the next one [z-car] is heading to be the 390Z," the firm's design leader, Shiro Nakamura, informed the Australian media. "It is maybe not growing because it is currently large enough. You know, 350 began with 240, 300, 350 and then arrived 370. I do not believe we should increase."
Why may this indicate an alteration in vehicle kind? Nissan executives currently believe a new strategy is required for the ZED to prevent pushing the vehicle against the Nissan GT-R.
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"We should take another route," Nakamura continued. "I believe ZED needs more revolution than evolution. I believe GTR must remain the most highperformance image of Nissan engineering and Z is a more cost-effective sports-car or a sporty vehicle to get younger folks."
Autocar reviews, mentioning an insider source, the crossover will take advantage of Renault Nissan CMF B system, and it's likely to make use of the 1.6-liter turbo engine in the Renault Clio RS-220 Trophy, which in the French hatch generates 220-hp and 191 lbs-feet of torque. That indicates the 3.7-liter V6 motor will be outside, acquiring the new z-car down a few branches on the cost tree, which the 370Z had been scaling as it got power and high-end stuff.
The Z cross over, when it debuts, is anticipated to be around exactly the same size as the Nissan Juke, and can probably borrow the six-speed dual clutch automated transmission in the Renault Clio RS-220 Trophy, this time matching it with all-wheel-drive.
When may we see it onsale? Autocar calls it will be outside right across the time the 370Z heads out, in early 2017.
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