Next-Gen Frontier: If You Didn’t Like Nissan DNA in Your Mercedes, Maybe You’ll Like Mercedes DNA in Your Nissan
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.
2020 Nissan Sentra
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.
The Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Won’t Be Here for a While, But That’s a Good Thing
Nissan is currently celebrating five decades of the GT-R with the debut of the 2020 GT-R 50th Edition at the 2019 New York Auto Show. While we’re happy to see Nissan paying tribute to one of the greatest Japanese sports cars of all time, you’d be forgiven for saying the automaker is dragging its feet when it comes to introducing a new generation for Godzilla. However, recent comments made by a few folks high in the Nissan corporate food chain seem to suggest that the company is indeed working to pin down exactly what the R36 will bring to the table, including electric power options, handling upgrades, and possibly even self-driving capability.
Is Nissan Opening The Door Again On A Possible Production IDx?
The curious tale of the two Nissan IDx concepts that made their debuts at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show has taken another turn. Long thought to have been scrapped as production options, the IDx concepts are now back in the Nissan headlines after the Japanese automaker recently filed a trademark for the name “Nissan IMX.” Now, this doesn’t automatically guarantee the marque is hinting at the two concepts from four years ago, but the filing revealed intriguing items about what the IMX trademark that can be connected to the IDx.
According to AutoGuide, the trademark was filed for a production car that could take in numerous forms, including as an “electric vehicle,” “sports car,” or a combination of the two. Nissan didn’t specify what kind of production model it’s planning for the IMX, but the close proximity of the trademarked name to the one used on the two concepts back in 2013 has caused renewed speculation on the fate of the retrofitted prototypes we saw in Tokyo. Then again, speculation is all that we have to cling on to at the moment. For now, the IDx concepts will remain just that; Nissan itself has said that it’s not planning to build a new sports car until after the current 370Z ends its lifecycle. Seeing as we just saw Nissan release an updated version of the sports car, all talks of sports cars will probably amount to nothing more than speculation. Still, the IMX trademark is intriguing for what it could turn into in the future.
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Nissan started the GT-R name with the 1969 Skyline that put out 160 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. Fast forward to today and Godzilla is a well-evolved monster, with the current 2016 GT-R pushing 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. Given its 46-year history, minus a 17-year hiatus between 1972 and ’89, what is the next major evolutionary step for Nissan’s legendary GT-R?
It looks like the answer to that question is that the GT-R just might evolve into an all-electric beast. According to Gareth Dunsmore, who is the director of Nissan’s European EV division, a plug-in GT-R is something he would love to see: “We can’t build an electric GT-R today. But do I want to? I’d love to.” He continued to say, “I can’t see a technical reason why we wouldn’t be able to implement electric vehicle technology in something like a performance vehicle.”
Obviously Nissan’s technology is still a few years out before it can replace the GT-R’s gasoline-powered powerplant with and electric motor, but it looks like Nissan may explore that path when it can. Given the current advancement in electric motors and battery technology – the Tesla Model S being a prime example – an electric GT-R is certainly within Nissan’s grasp.
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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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It’s difficult to avoid the fact that the Nissan 370Z is getting pretty long in the tooth. The design is a warmed over version of the 350Z, which dates back to 2002, and the performance it offers is hardly cutting edge at this point. So it shouldn’t come as too big a surprise that Shiro Nakamora, Nissan’s senior vice president and chief creative officer, recently came out and said that the whole Z car idea needs to be rethought, and that a 390Z probably isn’t going to happen.
One of his biggest complaints is that the 370Z is simply too expensive, essentially the same reason why the 1991-1996 Nissan 300ZX died off even before a replacement was ready. He seems to have a point as well, a 370Z costs roughly the same as a Mustang GT, but comes with 100 less horsepower and no significant weight advantage. On the subject of the future of the model, Nakamora said "The GT-R is more evolution. I feel Z needs more revolution than evolution." One possibility that was strongly hinted at was that of making the car smaller and lighter.
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The news keeps on coming with the Mercedes pickup. This time, it’s an official statement from the automaker in regards to an alliance with Renault- Nissan. The two will collaborate in designing and building both the yet-unnamed Mercedes truck and the next-generation Nissan NP300.
The Nissan GT-R has been around since 2007 and in that time has conquered the supercar market with its lightning-fast acceleration, all-wheel-drive, and innovative, tech-filled cockpit. Now seven years later, talks of a next-generation GT-R are well underway.
Rumors have spread claiming the car will debut for 2016, but Nissan’s chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura has seemingly put an end to those talks. In an interview with AutoCar, Nakamura says the car is another three to four years away.
Nakamura revealed Nissan is already working on the next-generation GT-R’s chassis and drivetrain, but its exterior design isn’t even on the drawing board yet. He assures the GT-R will retain the essential characteristics of the current model, yet will likely be more aggressive in its styling. Its rear-wheel bias and on-demand all-wheel-drive powered by a front-mounted engine will remain.
Speculation about a hybrid powertrain is extremely likely to prove true, though Nakamura says it will remain as a stand-alone model and will share little similarity to other Nissan products.
The chief creative officer continued by saying the new design will continue the current car’s “boxy, functional appearance.” More specifically he says, “It shouldn’t be too elegant, and it should be brutal, with a rawness.”
But before any of this becomes reality, the current-generation GT-R will undergo its final facelift before being replaced. Count on smaller changes that help create an updated look, but one that’s still familiar. Nakamura ended by saying, “We’ve been improving it all the time and there’s still room to improve.”
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Nissan announced over the summer that it would commence in building its second crowdsourced vehicle, a 2014 Titan pickup. The one-off truck would be built with the help of Nissan’s 170,000 Facebook fans in preparation for an epic Alaskan adventure, led by two veterans with the Wounded Warrior Project.
The truck started life as a stock Titan, no different than one found at a local dealership and through the last several weeks, Nissan’s Facebook fans have voted on which parts to add, including wheels, tires, bumpers, mechanical modifications, interior accessories, and exterior graphics. With the truck completed, WWP Alumni David Guzman and Kevin McMahon are setting off on a week-long adventure through the Alaskan wilderness.
Nissan is creating a video mini-series that will debut in the fall of 2014 on YouTube that documents the two veterans’ extreme journey.
While this is Nissan’s first off-road iteration of a crowdsourced vehicle, it’s the automaker’s second similar build. Back in 2012, Nissan’s Facebook fans helped build a 370Z with a twin-turbo kit, a revised and track-ready suspension kit, and a host of visual changes to attract attention.
Updated 09/08/2014: Nissan unveiled a new video revealing a series of new details on its latest Project Titan. The new video shows the Titan with new hardcore wheels, LED lights, and wrap the exterior in a bold, military inspired, custom digital camo print.
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Nissan has been building midsize trucks since 1985, with models stretching all across the globe. Here in U.S., the Hardbody and then Frontier have filled the slot, but overseas in nearly every other country, it’s been the Navara. Now for 2015, the Navara moves into its twelfth generation with the NP300 Navara.
While we were expecting Nissan to announce the U.S.-spec Frontier sometime soon, the automaker has been quiet on the details. We do suspect many if not most of the Navara’s details will transfer over to the Frontier, but we cannot be certain. That’s especially true when considering the powertrain options.
As for the new NP300, the updates are more evolutionary than revolutionary. A more ridged high-strength frame holds still the independent, coil-over suspension up front with a leaf spring suspension out back. Power comes from two — so far — improved engines: a 2.5-liter, inline four-cylinder, gasoline mill and a 2.5-liter, inline four-cylinder, turbo-diesel. Both engines are more efficient and powerful, helping the truck do more with less fuel. A seven-speed automatic and a six-speed manual transmission are offered with both engines.
An electric, shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system is available and is assisted by Nissan’s Vehicle Dynamic Control system, Hill Start Assist, Hill Decent Control, and Active Brake Limited Slip. That last feature uses the brakes to apply force to a spinning wheel in low-traction situations on both the front and rear axles. The mechanical differential then sends power to the opposite wheel.
These nitty-gritty features all work together to get make the Navara look like a solid contender for Nissan in the upcoming years. As far as the U.S. version, it appears we’ll have to wait a bit longer for any news. But when it comes, rest assured that TopSpeed will have it covered.
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Our recent crowning of Nissan as the most enthusiast-focused brand continues to hold true as the automaker just released this teaser image of what’s likely to be the Vision Gran Turismo concept — a vehicle that is slated to bridge the gap between the virtual world of Gran Turismo and reality. Nissan says it will “reveal the next chapter in its story” in the press release below, and we can’t think of a better place than the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Backing up that notion is a Tweet from Nissan Vice President Andy Palmer saying, “Think it’s worth coming to Goodwood????” with a link directing followers to a cloth-covered vehicle perched atop a date that reads June 10, 2014. Well, today is that day and Nissan has released the impressive image above accompanied by a press release giving yet another date, this time June 16th.
Also included in the press release is a statement about Nissan revealing the car to “an audience that has always shared our passion for performance.” Perhaps the lucky group of performance-minded folks will include pro gamers from the Nissan GT Academy.
As for the car itself, we could be looking at an early version of the next generation GT-R. Its mean looks and angular design, along with a large rear wing means this car is ready for business. But it looks like we’ll have to wait till the 16th to get the full run-down on the twice-teased car.
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Nissan has just dropped a massive teaser for its upcoming 2015 Frontier midsize pickup truck. Seen on the automaker’s Instagram feed, the image shows what looks to be a crew-cab, short-bed truck with Nissan’s familiar grille perched between headlights and LED daytime running lights. The social media site also reveals the truck’s debut date of June 11th.
This is big news for midsize truck fans, as the current Frontier as been around, basically unchanged, since 2004. The new truck will also likely usher in a newly redesigned Xterra SUV, which it shares much of its architecture.
Other noticeable changes include a pronounced roof rack, bold ridges along the edges of the hood leading from the headlights to the A-pillars, chrome-surrounded lower fog lights, and a front bumper featuring moderately high approach angle. The truck will likely continue using a body-on-frame design in order to compete with General Motors’ upcoming Colorado and Canyon twins.
What’s more, Nissan may further compete with the 2016 version of the GM trucks when they debut the first diesel-powered, U.S.-spec midsize truck in recent history. Back at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Nissan showcased a 2.8-liter, inline four-cylinder, Cummins turbo-diesel engine. Nissan even admitted back then the concept truck was created to gauge the public’s response and interest in future truck products. I know we sure sang its praises.
Diesel engine or not, an updated — if not all-new — Nissan Frontier is a welcomed sight. With General Motors and now Nissan joining the midsize truck category for 2015, we’re greatly anticipating other manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon. Toyota, Ram, and Ford have been put on notice.
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The 2009 Nissan 370Z will make its world debut this November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It comes to replace the current 350Z, a very successful model launched only five years ago.
The 2009 370Z will keep the same general shape as the current 350Z, but will be more aggressive and more sportier.Iits shark fin-style headlamps -featuring LED technology- have clearly been inspired by those fitted to the company’s Maxima luxury saloon.
The big changes are under the hood, where Nissan placed the same VQ37VHR powerplant found in the Infiniti G37 — a V6 displacing 3.7 liter — delivering at least 330 hp.
Renault also reported that they might use the new Z platform to resurrect the defunct Alpine brand.
The 2009 Nissan 370Z will compete with models like Porsche Cayman or BMW M Coupe.
The coupe will go on sale in 2009, and the roadster is expected to follow 2 years later. Prices are expected to range between $30,000 and $40,000.