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Nissan Is Considering a Z SUV Because Why Not

Nissan Is Considering a Z SUV Because Why Not

Japanese automaker needs a cash cow, and this might be it

The Nissan Z Proto’s arrival has thrust Nissan straight to the headlines, and as speculation continues to grow on what kind of next-generation Z sports car is going to come out of the concept vehicle, word has it that Nissan isn’t going to stop with just a new Z sports car.

Ivan Espinosa, Nissan’s Senior VP for Global Product Planning, admitted during a recent media event that a Z SUV (or crossover) is something that Nissan is currently exploring. Espinoza stopped short of confirming anything, but the fact that it’s even in consideration speaks to the lengths that Nissan will go to in order to maximize the strength and appeal of its Z brand. Given the company’s current financial struggles, a Z SUV doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

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2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition

2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition

Special features for a somewhat special car

While everyone is going stir crazy over the Nissan Z Proto’s arrival, Nissan has quietly unveiled a special edition model for one of its veteran nameplates. It’s called the Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition, and, as the name clearly indicates, it’s a celebratory model of the Maxima’s 40-year run in the U.S.

Yes, the Maxima has been in America that long. It’s the longest-running nameplate in the country, and to mark that occasion, Nissan went all-out in dressing the Maxima 40th Anniversary with all the bells and whistles.

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2020 Nissan Leaf - Driven

2020 Nissan Leaf - Driven

The Leaf is a mixed bag of the good, the bad, and even some things ugly

Nissan Leaf has been on the block for a decade now. It was one of the earliest entrants in the market and continues to live on. While it can be considered as the veteran in this segment if you go by its age, the Leaf didn’t make a mark like, say, any of the Tesla models did in their respective segment.

The electric hatch comes with acceptable aesthetics and decent tech features, but not the best powertrain or battery specs. But, there’s certainly more to this than meets the eye, and we’re here to uncover it. The Nissan Leaf arrived at TopSpeed’s headquarters recently, and here are our impressions about this urban electric commuter.

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Revitalization Of Nissan's Lineup Means Death of a Friendly Face and Prolonged Life For Another

Revitalization Of Nissan’s Lineup Means Death of a Friendly Face and Prolonged Life For Another

Within a Few Years, the Nissan Maxima Will Be Replaced and the GT-R Will Keep Getting Older

In a recent report, we told you that Nissan was cutting costs to the tune of €2.8 billion, and part of that might mean the death of the only models in the lineup that people care about. A month before that, we told you that Nissan won’t update the GT-R because it wants to keep it “affordable.” Now, we have some new news to share, some of which is in regard to the currently 13-year-old Nissan GT-R (it was introduced way back in 2007) and the Nissan Maxima. The truth is, folks, that one of these two models isn’t meant for this world as Nissan continues to rattle the core of its lineup.

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2021 Nissan Ariya

2021 Nissan Ariya

Nissan flexes its EV muscle harder with the 2021 Ariya all-electric crossover

In the wake of the success it had with the LEAF EV, Nissan is extending its ambitions in the crossover segment with the futuristic-looking Ariya, an all-electric crossover based on the Ariya prototype shown in 2019 in Tokyo.

As you’d expect, the styling cues flaunted by that Ariya - inside and outside - have a clear correspondent in Japanese tradition. The Ariya is available in 2WD and 4WD guise. Customers can also pick from one of the two available battery packs. We’ll get into more detail below.

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Next-Gen Frontier: If You Didn't Like Nissan DNA in Your Mercedes, Maybe You'll Like Mercedes DNA in Your Nissan

Next-Gen Frontier: If You Didn’t Like Nissan DNA in Your Mercedes, Maybe You’ll Like Mercedes DNA in Your Nissan

The next-generation Nissan Frontier won’t be a full redesign

In 2017 Mecedes-Benz decided to enter the pickup truck market with the X-Class. However, the X-Class wasn’t a true Mercedes under the shell, but a modified third-generation Nissan Frontier, also known as the Navara in other markets. Mercedes’ concept was to offer a more premium truck in terms of looks and equipment, but it seems that it didn’t go really well. After only two years on the market, the X-Class was discontinued. But a new report claims that the German truck will actually live on as Nissan wants to use the modifications that Mercedes made to the platform on the next-generation Frontier.

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The Science Behind Nissan's VQ Engine is Beyond a Stroke of Genius

The Science Behind Nissan’s VQ Engine is Beyond a Stroke of Genius

The VQ is that mill that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves

Nissan’s family of V-6 engines falling under the VQ nameplate has an aluminum block and a DOHC setup with aluminum heads. It came to replace the VG series in 1994 and ever since, it’s been a loyal presence in Ward’s 10 Best Engines rankings.

How did Nissan manage to design and build such a terrific engine? This video will run you through every tech aspect of the VQ.

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2020 Nissan Sentra - Driven

2020 Nissan Sentra - Driven

Forget (most of) what you knew about Nissan’s compact sedan

The last two generations of Nissan Sentra have followed a simple formula: a spacious interior, a smooth ride, great gas mileage, and low prices. For plenty of compact-sedan buyers, that’s a winning formula. But it came at the expense of driving pleasure — to the extreme. Last year’s Nissan Sentra wasn’t merely dull, but downright awful if you try to get some grins. Its wheezy 124-horsepower engine struggled under all but the gentlest acceleration, and its handling betrayed an alarming lack of composure for a modern small car. And while its upright styling could be considered elegant from some angles, it just looked tall and narrow from others.

For the 2020 model year, Nissan has worked to reinvent the Sentra. A striking new body sits atop a more sophisticated suspension and wraps around a more potent engine and a fancier interior. All the while, Nissan has kept prices in check and even improved the Sentra’s gas mileage.

Do the changes turn the Sentra into a class leader? Not exactly. Even after this year’s improvements, you can still find quicker, sharper-handling, more luxuriously-finished small sedans. And if you loved the old Sentra because you could get a huge backseat and trunk at a fire-sale price, the new model will feel like a step backward.

By becoming more similar to competitors like the latest Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, and Kia Forte, the 2020 Sentra loses the old model’s standout spaciousness and value — but it brings fresh advantages to the table all while keeping costs in check.

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2021 Nissan Rogue - Juke-Like Exterior DNA, Impressive Interior, Subpar Performance

2021 Nissan Rogue - Juke-Like Exterior DNA, Impressive Interior, Subpar Performance

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is a bit disappointing under the hood

Introduced in 2013, the second-generation Nissan Rogue is still a solid SUV, but it’s a bit long in the tooth as of 2020. If you were waiting for a new version, the Japanese firm just unveiled the third-gen crossover for the 2021 model year. It looks fresh on the outside, more upscale on the inside, and packs lots of new technology and safety features. Let’s have a closer look at it below.

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The Japanese Nissan Figaro Is a Car You Didn't Know Exists But Have Always Wanted

The Japanese Nissan Figaro Is a Car You Didn’t Know Exists But Have Always Wanted

It looks like it was designed in 1960s, but it’s actually built in 1991

When it comes to Japanese Kei cars, they can be split into three types: boxy, cute, and downright weird. Deciding which is which obviously depends on personal taste, but the Nissan Figaro is definitely of the cute variety. On top of looking like its made from candy thanks to its vintage color palette, the Figaro also looks as if it was designed in the 1960s. And I say "looks" because the Figaro was actually produced in 1991.

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Can You Make Out Anything From This Nissan Frontier Image?

Can You Make Out Anything From This Nissan Frontier Image?

Nissan gave us a peek at the new truck without actually showing it

Nissan recently announced a restructuring plan and released a teaser video called “Nissan Next: From A to Z”. The video teased many vehicles, including rejigged Armada, Rogue and the next-gen Z sports car. Nissan also showcased the silhouette of the 2021 Frontier. The truck is due for a big change for 2021, and it looks like the company teased it in this video. However, the changes aren’t glaringly evident.

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2020 Nissan Murano - Driven

2020 Nissan Murano - Driven

An SUV that covers all the bases well but doesn’t excel in any of them

The Nissan Murano has been around for quite some time now and is fairly popular in the market. It isn’t the best-selling SUV in the segment, but it rakes in decent sales numbers for the Japanese automaker.

Named after an Italian city, the Murano slots between the Rogue and the Pathfinder in Nissan’s lineup. The Murano’s last generation change came back in 2015, which means the next-gen is on the horizon. The company has given the SUV a few facelifts that make it look fresh, though. The Murano arrived at TopSpeed’s HQ recently, and here are our impressions about this SUV.

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Is Nissan Coming Up With A Frontier NISMO?

Is Nissan Coming Up With A Frontier NISMO?

This could change the ’bang-for-the-buck work truck’ image of the Frontier

Nissan recently updated the age-old Frontier. The company tweaked the 2020 model inside out and even plonked a new mill under the hood. However, it still feels dated and all eyes are set on the next-gen model that’s due next year. There’s not a lot of information out there about it except for the fact that it is going to get mighty expensive. However, according to a YouTube channel called Pickup Truck Plus SUV Talk, the Japanese automaker might be working on a Frontier NISMO. If this scoop is true, then Nissan might fill the void created by Ford for not offering the Ranger Raptor here in the States.

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2020 Nissan Altima - Driven

2020 Nissan Altima - Driven

Ultimately, an honest set of wheels

For the past two years, Nissan has been selling about 210,000 Altimas, the mid-size sedan that’s been lurking in the shadows behind its Japanese peers from Honda and Toyota since 2014. The introduction of the sixth-generation model in 2018 didn’t turn the tides in Nissan’s favor and we drove a range-topping Platinum with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to see why more people and businesses choose an Accord or a Camry over the Altima.

Fresh-faced and with a variety of clever features such as semi-autonomous driving functions, the Altima is Nissan’s bid to regain the lead in the once-booming mid-size sedan segment. While people generally moved away from sedans in favor of MPVs and SUVs, the big players in the market still move in excess of 320,000 units a year of their best-selling models and Nissan hopes the Altima, a $24,000 proposition in its cheapest form, can keep the company’s otherwise leaking boat from sinking.

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The 2021 Nissan Frontier Could Get A Lot More Expensive

The 2021 Nissan Frontier Could Get A Lot More Expensive

A premium of over $7,500 as compared to the 2019 model’s starting price!

The Nissan Frontier is known for its rock-like build and reliability. The truck is over a decade old, but Nissan hasn’t really given it any new clothes or makeup over the years. However, the 2021 model is expected to bring about a lot of changes. Generally, such changes rarely command a significant price increase, and that seems to be the case with the Frontier.

According to a report from CarsDirect, the Nissan Frontier’s starting price will be increased by over $7,500! The 2019 Nissan Frontier starts at $18,636, but the 2021 model is expected to come with a starting price tag of $26,280. That’s an increase of almost 45-percent! But, why? Is it going to come with gold screws and bolts?

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2020 Nissan Titan - Driven

2020 Nissan Titan - Driven

A lot of tweaks in all the departments, but it still lacks the pizzazz

The Titan is in Nissan’s lineup since 2004. The pickup truck’s current-gen was launched four years back and now the company has already rolled out the facelift. The 2020 model brings in a few significant changes to the truck. On the outside, the changes are subtle, but they are noteworthy under the hood.

Nissan dropped the Cummins mill and the Titan can now be had only with the 5.6-liter V-8 mill. What’s more, it comes with a new transmission and a power boost. However, is the Titan a worthy alternative to the established trucks like the F-150 and the Silverado?

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2020 Nissan Armada - Driven

2020 Nissan Armada - Driven

Nissan’s biggest isn’t exactly its greatest

Nissan launched the second-generation Armada – the brand’s full-size, flagship SUV – in 2017 and, while it was a huge step forward in terms of luxury (relatively used, of course) and rigidity, it was also knocked for its lack of technology. Comfortable seating and cabin space rank high on the list of notable features, but things like the infotainment system and instrument cluster feel dated. With this kind of impression, we thought it would be a good idea to spend some time with the 2020 Nissan Armada to see just what it has to offer and if it can really compete with models like the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition. It was a long week, and this is what our experience taught us about the Nissan Armada.

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