God I hope this doesn't happen.
I actually quite like the idea of an Evo crossover, not least because they've already done it in the past with stuff like the Airtrek Turbo-R. (I suppose a Forester STi is a similar thing). Still think a Z crossover would be a bit odd, but not necessarily a concept I'm against as long as there is some sort of proper sports car on the way too.It could happen. Now that Nissan acquired Mitsubishi and there is rumors that the next Evo will be a crossover, it could be a joint project between the two companies.
I feel, once the Z went up in engine size, it kinda lost me. Even though the car is short, the 3L was enough. If Nissan make a 380Z, it might have to go a notch when/if the XZ drops. Something similar to this @10:00
Skyline was the Infiniti G35/G37 and now Q50. (though they show the Q50 with Infiniti badging on their website)Another thought, is the Z branching off to a possible crossover, similar to when the Sklyline and GT-R branched off?
I think that is what they had said they would likely do.I would just call it the Nissan Z or Z Coupe.
Maybe available to some markets? Like the Mazda CX-4 is in China only.One thing that I don't get is how they would be able to find room among the current crop of crossovers for another one. There are 5 on sale in the US right now, 6 in the near future. At some point, enough is enough.
Yeah but, between the Armada, Pathfinder, Murano, Rogue and Juke, there really is nowhere in-between for it. In the next year or so, one of those might drop off and two others will join, so that makes it even tougher.I guess in Nissan's scheme, they have so many sedans, the cross over can be offered in different sizes as well.
CarscoopsNissan Still Hasn't Given Up On The IDx Sports Car
JAN 21, 2017 AT 1:02 PM | BY BRAD ANDERSON
Back in November 2013, Nissan revealed the unique IDx sports car concepts to the world. Adorned in retro-styled bodywork, the IDx seemed primed to tackle the Toyota 86 and Mazda MX-5 in the affordable sports car market.
hasn’t been built. However, the Japanese marque has revealed that it still has interest in bringing the sports car to the market.
While speaking to Motoring at the Detroit Auto Show, Nissan chief designer Shiro Nakamura said that the automaker is still exploring the possibility of a production version - despite some company officials saying otherwise in the past.
“It’s a nice car and nice design. I cannot say anything more than that. We are exploring many opportunities and that is one of the opportunities that we are exploring. Unfortunately, I cannot say anything more than that,” he said.
At the vehicle’s launch, Nissan said that the IDx catered towards young and middle-aged buyers and mentioned it could be fitted with a compact naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter engine delivering around 150 hp.
^ That would be the Nissan Foria version. Concept version below:150hp, NA, 2-door sedan. I can see that as a $25kAUD car in the Australian market. It would undercut the 86 by about $5k. Hopefully it would be lighter as well.
Only I don't think Nissan has ever actually been absolutely positive they'll build the IDx. The article above is one of those non-news stories where someone essentially says "it'd be fun to do" but makes no firm commitment in any direction.This is getting as bad as Mazda's on, off, on, off, on, off plans for another Rotary powered sports car.
We need a new Z car first, then they can worry about the IDx.Only I don't think Nissan has ever actually been absolutely positive they'll build the IDx. The article above is one of those non-news stories where someone essentially says "it'd be fun to do" but makes no firm commitment in any direction.
Car and DriverThe first major step will be taken at the Tokyo auto show this fall, where Nissan will reveal the next-generation Z concept, a preview of the production car said to offer several potent powertrains.
As this artist’s impression from Japan’s Best Car magazine shows, it is expected that the new Z concept and production car will have similar proportions to the outgoing coupe. The Z will also adopt an edgier styling language, including a gaping front end that takes cues from the latest GT-R facelift, and will ride on a shorter wheelbase courtesy of the Infiniti Q60’s FR-L platform.
Of the three powertrains on offer, the flagship twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, borrowed from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport, is said to punch out a healthy 400 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm; it will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. If this version lives up to those expectations, it could put the Nissan toe to toe with rivals such as Porsche’s 718 Boxster S and BMW’s M2.
In addition to the entry-level 3.0-liter V-6, generating 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft, we also hear that Nissan is working on a hybridized model to be introduced later that could make the Z the most powerful in its class. It is expected to employ the same 3.0-liter V-6, teamed with a dual-clutch gearbox and an electric motor producing as much as 160 horses. One source told us that this model’s total output could reach an eye-popping 500 horsepower. The new Z is expected to land in showrooms by 2019, with the base model priced in the low-$30,000 range and the twin-turbo nearing $50K.