2018 Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol
Remember the Nissan Armada Snow Patrol from the 2018 Chicago Auto Show? Well, Nissan is moving from cold to hot with the new Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol – a concept designed for the rugged outdoors with everything you need to survive outside of a built-in fire pit and a toilet. It’s even powered by Nissan’s 5.6-liter V-8 with some 390 horsepower on tap and an 8,500-pound towing capacity. So what all does this concept offer and why do you wish Nissan would offer it as a production model? Keep reading to find out.
2018 Nissan Kicks - U.S. Spec
Without a doubt, the SUV and crossover market is still running strong, prompting every automaker under the sun to fill their lineups to capacity with fresh tall-riding hatches in a bid to satisfy the public’s seemingly never-ending demand. Nissan is no different, offering U.S buyers no less than six different models in the segment, including the Juke, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada. Unfortunately, lovers of the funky and fun Juke won’t see the compact on the roster for much longer, as rumor has it Nissan is showing it the door in 2018. However, in its stead, Nissan will offer something fresh – enter the Kicks. The Kicks is Nissan’s very first new nameplate in 8 years, arriving as a new entry-level model in the Japanese automaker’s lineup with more room and a lower price tag than the Juke. It’s also got some nice technology, both for entertainment and for safety purposes.
The Kicks is already on sale in South America, but arrives stateside more or less unchanged in the hopes of enticing urban consumers, or as Nissan puts it, “singles or couples looking for unique styling, roominess, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price.” So – how does it stack up?
Updated 05/08/2018: Nissan announced prices for the 2018 Kicks. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.
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2018 Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32
You might know it as the Nissan Frontier in the U.S., but it’s called the Navara in Europe. It’s the same truck that was redesigned in 2014 and used by Mercedes-Benz as a base for the X-Class. Offered in many trims around the world, the Navara gained a more capable version in 2018. It’s called the Off-Roader AT32, and it’s only available in Europe.
Described by Nissan as the most capable Navara ever, the AT32 is also the company’s first European truck developed with another brand. Specifically, the AT32 was engineered by engineered by Arctic Trucks, an Icelandic company specialized in building 4WD vehicles for the world’s harshest terrains. Arctic truck offers a wide variety of upgrades for trucks and SUVs, including the Toyota Hilux, Toyota Landcruiser, Nissan Patrol, Lexus LX, Volkswagen Amarok, and even the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van.
The truck’s "AT" badge stands for Arctic Trucks, while "32" represents the diameter of each tire in inches. Yes, the Navara AT32 means business when it comes to off-road, and we’re going to find out all about it in the review below.
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Does the Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 Have What it Takes to Put the Hurt on Ford’s Ranger Raptor?
The Nissan Navara may not be very familiar to U.S. pickup truck enthusiasts, but it’s a popular model in Europe. Redesigned in 2014, it’s also the truck on which the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class is based. While all automotive eyes are set on the Beijing Auto Show, Nissan just unleashed the most capable Navara ever at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham. It’s called the Navara Off-Roader AT32 and was developed in cooperation with Arctic Trucks; an Icelandic company specialized in building four-wheel-drive vehicles for the world’s harshest environments.
Nissan Will Debut a Secretive Electric Vehicle Next to the Leaf and IMX KURO Concept in Beijing
The 2018 Beijing Auto Show is shaping up to be a showcase of electric cars. Buick’s bringing an electric concept, and now we’ve gotten word that Nissan is doing the same. But, the Japanese automaker isn’t just bringing one electric car; it’s bringing three of them, including a new electric concept that will share the stage with the Nissan Leaf and Nissan iMx KURO electric crossover concept.
April Fool’s Round-Up: Automakers Go All-Out With The Pranks
April Fool’s Day has come and gone, and as you might have expected, a number of automakers spent the occasion trying to pull a fast one on all of us. Some of them worked while others didn’t. Some got us thinking if the pranks were real - or we wish they were real - while others flamed out because they were too obvious from the very beginning. Still, it was a good day to check out what kind of absurdity we had coming our way. If you missed out on all the April Fool’s pranks that these auto brands came out with, well, we got you, fam.
Nissan To Produce 370Z Until The End Of Time
First introduced back in 1969 as the Datsun 240Z, Nissan has produced six generations of its iconic Z car, with the latest Z34-gen 370Z arriving in late 2008 for the 2009 model year. Despite strong demand from enthusiasts around the world, Nissan has yet to update the popular sports car past the existing 370Z generation, and now, according to an anonymous insider, it’s looking like Nissan could keep it in limbo until the end of time.
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If you Want a Stylish Midsize Sedan, Skip the Camry or Accord and Go with the 2019 Nissan Altima
Remember that VMotion 2.0 Concept from the 2017 Detroit Auto Show? Well, it wasn’t just a preview of Nissan’s future styling language – it previewed the sixth-gen Altima as well. The best part of that is that the six-gen Altima carries over at least 80-percent of the VMotion 2.0’s exterior styling and is even available with all-wheel drive. It is offered with Nissan’s 248-horsepower VC-Turbo four or a new 2.5-liter four-banger that’s good for 188 horsepower. But, even if it does fall just a hair short on power compared to the competition, it could put quite a damper on Toyota and Honda’s sales figures in the midsize sedan segment based on looks alone.
Project: The Reborn Light – Making Use of All Those “Useless” Decommissioned EV Batteries
One of the problems with any rechargeable battery is that, after so long, they don’t hold a full charge or deliver full amperage anymore. And, such is the case with EV batteries. So, as time goes on, there will be more and more “junk” EV batteries that would otherwise need to be disposed of. Well, Nissan has an answer to this, and it isn’t disposing of them. It’s taking them in their useless-to-a-car state, attaching a solar panel to them, and using them to power streetlights that run independently of the electric grid.
As of now, it’s just a working project, but the prototype will go through initial testing on March 26 and the 4R battery reclamation factory in Namie, Japan. If everything goes according to plan, the streets of Namie will start to see them popping up in places needed the most, helping to speed up the recovery effort that has been ongoing for the last seven years following an earthquake and tsunami that rocked the region.
With that said, Nissan has released a little video that goes into a little more detail of Project: The Reborn Light. Go ahead and check it out for yourself.
2019 Nissan Altima
The Altima name goes back to the mid-1980s when it was used on a top-trim line of the Nissan Leopard and the Central American version of the Laurel. It became a stand-alone marque in 1992 when it replaced the Stanza in the U.S. Built in Tennessee starting with the 1993 model year; the Altima became one of the brand’s most successful vehicles in North America. To meet the high demand, Nissan is now building the sedan in two U.S. plants. With annual sales of more than 250,000 units during the past seven years, the fifth-generation is by far the most successful version of the Altima. But the existing sedan is being phased for the 2019 model year, replaced with a new model that broke cover at the 2018 New York Auto Show.
Redesigned from the ground up, the sixth-generation Altima employs a new design language based on the Vmotion 2.0 concept car from 2017. The redesign also introduced a new interior with more premium features, new technology, and, for the first time in this segment, semi-autonomous drive. Things get even better under the hood, where the Altima gained not only a revised version of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder but also a brand-new, turbocharged four-banger. The latter replaces the old 3.5-liter V-6. Surprisingly enough, the new turbo-four is the variable compression ratio unit that Nissan debuted under the Infiniti brand. Overall, the sixth-generation Altima is the most advanced sedan in this market, but we will find out more about that in the review below.
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Rumor: Next Z Car Could be Shown In Concept Form Later This Year, Production Model to Debut In 2019
With the 50th anniversary of the glorious Datsun 240Z kicking off next year, it seems like a fantastic time to release a successor to the practically ancient Nissan 370Z, no? According to a recent report from Autocar, it’s looking like we’ll get exactly that, with the U.K. publication citing “senior officials from Nissan” as a source of details on the long-awaited next-gen sports car. Unfortunately, what we might have here is yet another round of regurgitated rumors.
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Nissan was just criticized for throwing some new color on the IMx concept and calling it new, and now Nissan’s Europe Design Boss, Mamoru Aoki, says that the production version of the IMx, essentially a Leaf SUV, will make electric vehicles truly mainstream. He also said that it will remain true to the IMx concept, suggesting that the concept will change very little between concept and production.
Japanese Rumor Mill: The Next Nissan Z will be Built in Collaboration with Mercedes
Here’s a thought: from the prism of recent joint sports car developments, what if the Toyota-BMW partnership was just the beginning? What if there are other automakers that are in the process of joining forces? Turns out, there might just be another one of these partnerships on the horizon. There’s a rumor coming out of Japan that Nissan and Mercedes-Benz are teaming up to develop the next-generation Nissan Z sports car. It sounds like wishful thinking to some extent, but it’s not an entirely ridiculous thought either.
Pops’ Rants: Lazy Car Design Auto Show Edition
Oh wow, the 2018 Geneva Motor Show was so much fun. So many concept cars that won’t make it into production, so many supercars that we can’t buy. Scratch that, and we’re left with the Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 508, Volvo V60, Toyota Yaris, and some special-edition models that aren’t all that special. Oh wait, this year’s show was also about quite a few good examples of laziness in the design department. Nissan takes the cake with two different cars, but Mercedes-Benz also made the list with its latest performance car.
2018 Geneva International Motor Show - Worst In Show
We went a little gaga in our list of the best debuts from the 2018 Geneva International Auto Show, including no less than five honorable mentions in addition to our regular list of five winners. But, as is tradition, we must now don our collective troll faces and single out those rides that not only failed to make the cut, but also elicited our ire and dismay. So read on for our list of the Worst In Show from Switzerland this year, and don’t forget to post your opinion in the comments!
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Nissan Teases the Next-Gen Altima Before it Debuts at the New York Auto Show
The Nissan Altima is going to make its debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show. We already know that much after Nissan released a teaser video a month ago. The Japanese automaker isn’t just stopping there, though. It also unveiled a sketch of the new model, complete with exaggerated design cues that suggest that the Altima will receive its share of stylistic updates.
Nissan Shows Off Cool Formula E Nismo Livery in Geneva
A small series that didn’t get too much attention a few years ago, Formula E has become quite the big thing. Larger automakers all over the world are now interested in the series, with Audi, Jaguar, Renault, and Mahindra already competing this season. In addition, Venturi, DS, Nio, and Andretti run their own team. Although the 2017-2018 season is far from over, the FIA is already rounding up the lineup for the next championship and has already introduced the second-generation Formula E car at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Here, three competitors unveiled their liveries for next season, including Nissan, which joins the championship for the very first time.
Nissan Redefines Laziness by Slapping a Kuro Badge on the IMx Concept
Six months ago, Nissan debuted the Nissan IMx concept, a car that was said to embody the brand’s future design language and give a glimpse into the future of personal mobility. And, in all honesty, it may have done that. Well, the brand showed up with a “new” concept called the IMx Kuro, which supposedly has a “completely different personality.” In reality, Nissan slapped a darker color on it, added in a different grille design, and added an extra name. That’s seriously it – Nissan even went so far as to include duplicate images of the interior from the original IMx that debuted in Tokyo.
Nissan Surprises Us With an Update to the Aging Juke, Effectively Extending its Lifespan a Few More Years
So far, the 2018 Geneva Auto Show has been mostly about extreme supercars and exciting concepts. But, if you’re looking for a new daily driver, there are quite a few cars to talk about, including the Toyota Auris and Aygo, the Peugeot 508, or the Smart EQ ForTwo. The Nissan Juke also made a surprise appearance at the show, but not in second-generation clothes. Instead, the Japanese automaker added a few new features inside and out, which suggests that the almost eight-year-old Juke is here to stay for a while longer.