While most enthusiasts associate the name Skyline with GT-R, it has long been separated from the latter's model line for over a decade now. In reality, the Skyline was (and still is) a sporty, executive sedan (or coupe) in its home market of Japan. Now, it's gotten a bit of a refresh, and it's trying to look a little bit like Godzilla again.
For the 2020 model year, the Nissan Skyline's new face is reminiscent of that of the GT-R, particularly the middle part. The nose end of the car is black and sports Nissan's signature 'V-Motion' grill. The entire opening of the grill is much wider than before, and the black bumper bar is similar to that in the GT-R. Also, the bumper has been given more defined corner edges. All in all, the effect is a more aggressive snout.
Changes to the rear are not as obvious as the front. However, there is a nod the the Skylines of the past. The shape of the taillights are still the same, but it now sports a pair of circular graphics on each cluster. That design touch pays tribute to Skylines from the 70's, all the way up to the early 2000's. Also, its new rear bumper features an integrated diffuser, likely to aid aerodynamics.
Nissan is pushing the ProPilot 2.0 system in the facelifted Skyline. It's the Japanese automaker's take on semi-autonomous driving, and actually allows some degree of hands-free driving. hands-free driving is possible when driving in a single lane, be it on the highway or any main thoroughfare with defined markings. From there, it can start, stop, accelerate, decelerate, and take gentle corners.
What it can't do is perform an evasive maneuver, which is why Nissan is still saying that the driver must always pay attention to the road ahead. Also, the hands-free function does not work in tunnels or other places with weak GPS signals.
Aside from ProPilot 2.0, another highlight is the new engine and power options. The base engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 making 304 PS. For those who prefer a greener engine, there's also a hybrid which uses the same 3.0-liter engine, albeit naturally aspirated, and is paired with an electric motor. Combined output for the Skyline Hybrid is rated at 306 PS. Last but not least is the 400R, a tribute to the R33 400R from the 90's. Again, it uses the same twin-turbo V6 engine as the base model, but it's been heavily upgraded to put out 405 PS. Think of it then as a junior GT-R with four doors.
It's unlikely that we'll ever see the Nissan Skyline on our shores. The same applies to its Western counterpart, the Infiniti Q50. Still, it would be an interesting alternative to the (typically) European offerings out there.