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2020 Nissan Juke

2020 Nissan Juke

The second-generation model arrives for the 2020 model year

The 2020 Nissan Juke is an upcoming subcompact crossover from the Japanese firm. It’s the second-generation of the already iconic SUV that has soldiered on with minor changes since 2010. The 2020 Juke will make its global debut in September with a brand-new exterior design, a revamped interior, and state-of-the-art technology borrowed from bigger Nissan models.

When the Nissan Kicks replaced the Juke in the U.S. for the 2018 model year, it was rumored that the old crossover won’t have a future in other parts of the world. We were basically expecting a replacement under a different nameplate in Europe as well. In an unexpected turn of events, Nissan announced that the Juke will carry over with a second-generation model. The new Juke will arrive in early September 2019 and Nissan just released preliminary information and photos of camouflaged prototypes. Check out my speculative review below to find out everything we know about this vehicle.

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2020 Nissan Sentra

2020 Nissan Sentra

The overlooked sedan will now demand all your attention

Nissan unveiled the new Sylphy at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The new Sylphy will most likely come to our shores as the new 2020 Nissan Sentra. Nissan has been selling the Sentra in the U.S. since 2013 and it has been quite a success for the Japanese automaker. Even though the Sentra has managed to create a market for itself as a value-for-money proposition, it does not appeal to the enthusiasts or anyone looking for a little ’life’ in their car. However, the company plans to change this with the 2020 model, and we must say, it has our attention! Disclaimer: I’ll be calling this car the Nissan Sentra throughout the article and not Nissan Sylphy because we’ll be getting it with the Sentra badge in the U.S. - and partly because Sylphy sounds quite funny.

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2020 Nissan Silvia S16

2020 Nissan Silvia S16

Could the Nissan cult favorite reemerge from the shadows?

Between the 370Z and the GT-R, you could make the argument that Nissan already has a pretty solid lineup of sports cars. However, the more discerning enthusiasts out there will be quick to point out just how much more could be done. After all, the current Z car is practically ancient by modern standards given its introduction dates all the back to 2009, and at six figures, the current GT-R is just way too expensive for the average speed lover. That said, there’s one nameplate that desperately needs to be brought back into the discussion – the Silvia. The last time we saw this two-door beauty was in 2002 with the S15, and we think the time is right for a follow-up S16 generation to round out the Japanese automaker’s performance offerings. We know we’re certainly not alone in that respect, and indeed, the next-gen Silvia was expected to show in concept form at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Alas, such a creation never surfaced, but fear not, because we did a little chin scratching, drew up the above-featured rendering, and wrote up the following speculative review to help bridge the gap.

It’s been over 15 years since the S15 bit the dust, so any follow-up has a bit of catching up to do. However, we think Nissan has the right stuff to make it work. Read on for our take on it.

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2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf

Shots Fired: The second-gen EV is coming to take on the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3

The Nissan Leaf came to be in 2010 as the company’s first mass-produced, all-electric passenger car. Built on a bespoke platform based on the familiar Nissan B architecture it uses a synchronous electric motor and a range of battery packs that deliver up to 107 miles per charge. Although it has proven quite popular in several markets around the world, the first-generation Leaf has become rather dated now that GM has launched the Chevrolet Bolt and Opel Ampera-e, while Tesla rolled out the Model 3. Nissan is looking to catch up with the competition with a redesigned model that broke cover ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

With more than 283,000 units sold globally as of September 2017, the Nissan Leaf is still the world’s best-selling affordable, mass-produced electric vehicle. But with the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 now in the picture, Nissan may have to cope with losing some of that market share. But the Japanese are ready to put up a good fight, as the new Leaf is a significant departure from the first-generation model. Sportier and more appealing to look at, it has a more upscale interior with new technology and a revised drivetrain with significantly more power and better range. Will it have what it takes to compete with the world’s most advanced EVs? Let’s find out below.

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2017 Nissan Micra

2017 Nissan Micra

The new Micra brings sporty styling inside and out, but little power to go with it

The Nissan Micra started life in the Japanese market in October of 1982 with the purpose of Competing against the Honda City and the Toyota Starlet. It was also a replacement for the ever-growing Nissan Cherry which has officially outgrown the supermini segment at the time. Over four generations, the Micra hadn’t changed much – it maintained a bubbly-like, somewhat boring appearance. But, for the 2016 Model year, Nissan ushered in a new generation. Debuting at the Paris Auto Show, the new Micra shared absolutely nothing with the previous models, except for its name. It comes complete with a new, modernized exterior and interior design, a handful of advanced safety technologies, and the option of two, 90-horsepower engines with a 73-horsepower gasoline engine available shortly after launch.

When Nissan pulled the covers off of the Micra in Paris, we here at TopSpeed were quite shocked at what Nissan had done to this bubbly little car. The days of round headlights and boring, lackluster design are long gone. Originally unable to compete with a lot of other vehicles in its segment, the Micra is now able to take on the likes of the Ford Fiesta and the Honda Jazz with pride, and it looks damn good doing it too. So, with that said, let’s take a look at Nissan’s revamped Micra and the newest threat to the supermini segment.

Updated 10/04/2016: We added all the official details and specs on the new generation Nissan Micra.

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2018 Nissan Terra

2018 Nissan Terra

Navara-based SUV headed to Asia Pacific market for 2018

Nissan is preparing to launch an all-new, three-row SUV based on its Navara pickup truck. The body-on-frame SUV will be called the Terra and will be designed primarily for the Asia Pacific market, though its availability will eventually widen. The Terra is part of Nissan’s “M.O.V.E to 2022” initiative to increase sales of its frame-based vehicles over the next four years by a whopping 40 percent.

It was back in 2016 when we first saw Nissan testing a Navara-based SUV. Since then, the trail had grown cold – that is, until Nissan made an official announcement accompanied by several photos on February 26, 2018. The announcement nailed down both the SUV’s name and its debut location at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show in April.

Nissan is still quiet on the official details, but with such a close relation to the Navara pickup, we’ve put together a speculative review covering the Terra’s expected equipment.

Update 02/26/2018: Nissan released official photos of the new 2018 Terra SUV. Based on the Navara pickup, this three-row traditional SUV will go on sale this spring in China, followed by other markets around the globe.

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2017 Nissan Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell NV200 Van

2017 Nissan Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell NV200 Van

Pioneering a new form of bio-fuels

Bio-fuels have been around a while, just like the concept of hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle. Nissan is taking these two concepts and combining them into its Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell powertrain. But this is no theoretical lab experiment. No, Nissan has built a working model with its mid-size NV cargo van.

It’s called the e-Bio Fuel-Cell and it offers the benefits of a hydrogen fuel-cell without the need for compressed hydrogen gas and the complicated infrastructure required to handle it. Rather, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell runs on bio-ethanol harvested from corn or sugarcane and can be dispensed in liquid form the same way traditional gasoline and diesel fuels have been for the last century – at a filling station.

"The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and creates opportunities for regional energy production… all the while supporting the existing infrastructure," says Nissan president and CEO, Carlos Ghosn. "In the future, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell will become even more user-friendly. Ethanol-blended water is easier and safer to handle than most other fuels. Without the need to create new infrastructure, it has great potential to drive market growth."

Nissan says this NV e-Bio Fuel-Cell concept van runs on 100 percent ethanol to charge a 24 kWh battery, which affords more than 373 miles of driving range via an electric drivetrain. And of course, it does this with a very small global impact. The little CO2 emissions generated by the e-Bio Fuel-Cell is offset by the growing process of the corn and sugarcane, effectively canceling out the vehicle emissions for an overall zero-emissions impact.

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2017 Nissan Bladeglider Prototype

2017 Nissan Bladeglider Prototype

It slices! It dices!

The hard-edged slab of future tech you see before you is called the Bladeglider, and it’s Nissan’s latest effort in creating an all-electric performance machine that combines the frugality of zero emissions with the fun of adrenaline-inducing speed. It’s a prototype (if that wasn’t already abundantly obvious), but it’s already got all the equipment needed to take a spin out on the open road, including two 130-kW electric motors, a boatload of torque, and a tight, high-performance interior.

The Bladeglider was developed from a concept originally shown at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. That vehicle, which was also called the Bladeglider, came with a similar three-person cabin layout and all-electric drivetrain, but this latest prototype is the product of two years of development from the original.

Nissan says it represents “future technologies that will combine Intelligent Mobility, environmentally-friendly impact and sports car driving capabilities,” while Carlos Ghosn, the President and CEO at Nissan, calls it an “electric vehicle for car-lovers.”

So then – what makes this thing such a hoot to pilot, and more importantly, is there any chance of it ever reaching production? Read on to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan Bladeglider Concept.

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2016 - 2017 Nissan Maxima

2016 - 2017 Nissan Maxima

The Maxima sees a small price increase for 2017 and gets two new personalization packages

The eighth-generation Nissan Maxima comes 40 years after the name was launched as a trim level for the 1976 Bluebird. It was first unveiled to the public during a surprise impression during Nissan’s 2015 Super Bowl ad, which was then followed by a couple of pictures to hold us off until it officially debuted at the New York Auto Show. In short, it was a revolutionary design that brought more sports DNA to the car than was had in all the previous generations combined. Outside, the car a very sculpted body profile, a longer and wider footprint, and a very bold front end. The inside, just like the outside, was heavily inspired by Nissan’s Sport Sedan Concept. The center console is crowded but functional, and the two-tone coloration of the interior is more than inviting. The large infotainment screen in the center stack is angled toward the driver, and the overall feel is comparable to that of more expensive full-size sedans on the market.

After a total of 24 years and six redesigns, the Maxima is finally the car it was always meant to be. It’s got the room for hauling the family around and the looks to make just about any man who is stuck driving a sedan happy. On top of the new looks, that revised 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood packs a decent 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t bad for a car that starts out below $32,500. Of course, it does have some strong competition from models like the Chevy Impala and the Toyota Avalon, so it should come as no surprise that Nissan went the extra mile to bring us something truly magnificent.

The funny thing is, over all the generations, the Maxima has progressively gotten better. If you position a picture of each generation in order from oldest to newest, it shows an evolution similar to that shown in evolutionary charts derived from Darwin’s theory of evolution. It’s a good thing, so check out our full review on the all-new Maxima before it evolves into something else.

Updated 6/10/2016: Nissan has announced pricing and a couple of new personalization packages for 2017. Check out the Exterior, Interior, and Pricing sections below for all the details.

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2018 Nissan Frontier

2018 Nissan Frontier

The midsize category heats up with Nissan’s next Frontier

Nissan USA has been busy over the last couple years developing the new Titan XD and “standard duty” Titan pickup trucks. However, once the Titan rolls into dealerships for the 2017 model year, Nissan’s attention will turn to the Frontier.

Currently in it second generation, the Frontier has been around since 2004 with nearly imperceptible changes beyond a minor facelift for the 2011 model year. A spartan interior and bare-bones powertrain make the current truck feel old, yet somehow charming in its classic style. Nevertheless, time marches on and the next Frontier is headed our way.

Ironically enough, Nissan already has its next version of the Frontier. It’s called the NP300 Navara and has been on sale since the 2015 model year. Of course, the Navara isn’t’ offered in the U.S., but countries around the world enjoy its larger size, modern aesthetics, and car-like interior. The U.S.-spec Frontier is the last hold-out for the second-generation body.

All signs and sense point to Nissan offering a U.S.-spec version of the NP300 Navara, with tweaks to comply with safety and emissions. That means the global Navara might get new powertrain options before coming stateside. What those are, it’s hard to say, but expect them to be more powerful and efficient over the Frontier’s current 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 4.0-liter V-6.

In anticipation of the next-generation Frontier, we’ve created a rendering based on the current NP300 Navara pickup. Until Nissan finally breaks cover with the next Frontier, this gives us a glimpse at what we can expect.

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2020 Nissan Z

2020 Nissan Z

Not a lot is known about Nissan’s next Z-car. Early in December of 2014, Nissan’s vice president and global head of marketing, Roel de Vries, hinted that the 370 Z’s successor could have a variety of engines, depending on a given market. Then, a week later, word spread that the next Z-Car would be launched as a convertible (they were calling it “The Z”) and would probably have a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, hybrid engine.

Once that news hit the world, things went stagnant for a while – until June of 2015, when Shiro Nakamoa, Nissan’s senior vice president, and chief creative officer, came out and admitted that the Z-car idea needed to be “rethought.” He also strongly hinted that the upcoming car would be smaller and lighter, potentially looking back to the roots of the original Datsun 240Z. Once that news broke, the information trail went cold, and we’ve been left waiting.

Well, at TopSpeed, we’re tired of waiting, so we went ahead and rendered up what the next Z-car could look like. Of course, it is a bit smaller and low slung, but it also shares some design cues with the current Nissan Sentra and Nissan Murano. The hole rendering is speculation based on what we’ve heard in the past and Nissan’s current design styles, but we think we have nailed it pretty well. We’re hoping to see the official debut of the next Z by 2018, but until then let’s take a look at our rendering and what we hope to see when it makes an official debut in the coming years.

Click past the jump to read our full, and constantly growing, review on the upcoming Z-car.

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Next-Generation Nissan GT-R Could Have A More Premium Disposition

Next-Generation Nissan GT-R Could Have A More Premium Disposition

The Nissan GT-R has always been characterized by its ruthless aggression. It’s the kind of car that largely relies on its overwhelming power and performance to devour the competition. It is called Godzilla for a reason, right? But, just as evolution is an inescapable truth in the auto industry, the GT-R could find itself in this particular cross hair. That’s because Nissan GT-R program manager Hiroshi Tamura has revealed plans to bring the GT-R up a notch, not in terms of performance, but more into the realm of premium luxury.

Speaking with Top Gear, Tamura divulged his strong desire to make Godzilla wear the equivalent of a tuxedo. Not in a literal sense, of course, but more about giving the GT-R an authentic premium experience. He even harkened back to the Egoist Edition, a special edition version of the GT-R that was introduced back in 2010. That model had all the performance credentials of a born-and-bred GT-R, but it also featured premium leather upholstery, an upscale Bose sound system, and a unique Wajima Lacquer (Maki-e) GT-R Emblem that was placed on the center of the steering wheel. This emblem was able to change it coloring of Maki-e as time passed by.

So imagine the GT-R getting a nuanced makeover that will make it more rounded when lined up against the likes of the Bentley Continental GT and, presumably at least, the would-be successor to the Aston Martin DB9. These are the things that could be in play for the next-generation GT-R if Tamura’s vision for it comes to fruition.

That’s not to say that it’s definitely going to happen because at the moment, Nissan’s focus is on the current generation GT-R, so any talk of a premium version will likely occur with the next-generation model. Unfortunately, that model is still a ways off from happening.

Continue reading after the jump for the full story.

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2019 Nissan GT-R Sedan

2019 Nissan GT-R Sedan

There is a lot of conflicting information coming out of Nissan about the possibility of a super sedan, but the latest news says that the project is a go, and we’re hoping that this time it’s correct. All of this talk got started by the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept, essentially a 2014 Infiniti Q50 with the drivetrain out of the 2014 Nissan GT-R. It seems like a simple enough idea that could make for an amazing car, which is why everyone was shocked to learn that Nissan had allegedly shelved the project. That news came from a former Nissan VP and seemed extremely reliable.

Super sedans are reasonably popular though, with Porsche, Aston Martin and Lamborghini all joining the fray with longtime contenders Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. For Infiniti to stay out of the fight seems counter intuitive, especially when you consider how much of the engineering work has already been done. But the latest rumor suggests that when the new GT-R debuts in 2018, a four-door version of the car will be debuting alongside it wearing an Infiniti badge. This really makes a lot of sense, to design a whole new generation of the car with the intention of building both two-door and four-door varieties.

Note: Next generation Nissan GT-R rendered here.

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2016 Nissan Qashqai

2016 Nissan Qashqai

Well that sure was fast. Less than a week after reports surfaced indicating that Nissan was looking to bring the compact Qashqai to the U.S., a mysterious version of the crossover has been spotted testing in Spain with minimal camouflage. Seeing as how the 2015 Nissan Qashqai was just introduced last year and these changes appear to be minor, the best guess for what this prototype could be is a U.S.-bound version of the small CUV.

Nissan has not even confirmed the existence of a smaller Rogue variant, and it isn’t clear if this model will come before or after the impending Rogue Hybrid. When it does arrive, though, chances are pretty good that Nissan won’t bring the Qashqai name along, instead opting for a Rogue-based name similar to the Rogue Select (a carryover version of the first-gen Rogue). Since it’s impossible to know what Nissan plans to call this new crossover, I’m just going to refer to it as the Qashqai for the sake of clarity and continuity.

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2016 Nissan Juke-R 2.0 Concept

2016 Nissan Juke-R 2.0 Concept

Four years have passed since Nissan blew our minds with the amazingly awesome Juke-R Concept. As if the idea of cramming the running gear of a 2012 GT-R under the quirky body of the Nissan Juke wasn’t good enough, though, Nissan’s engineering and motorsports teams are at it again. Meet the Nissan Juke-R 2.0. Equipped with the latest performance of both the GT-R NISMO and the updated styling of the 2015 Juke, the Nissan Juke-R 2.0 continues to be the world’s only crossover supercar.

The Nissan Juke-R 2.0 will be unveiled this weekend at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and like the first Juke-R, this concept will not be a static display. When it isn’t lounging around at the Goodwood Supercar Paddock, the Juke-R 2.0 will be making hill climb runs with Nissan Le Mans 24 Hours driver Jann Mardenborough behind the wheel.

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