It's been 11 years since Nissan gave the world a new Z-Car. The 370Z has been around since 2009 and, not much has changed with it since. There have been a few nips and tucks over the years. However, there hasn't been a leap forward over the past decade.
When Nissan announced that a new Z would finally be out soon, there were those asking about its exact launch date. Rumors soon started spreading that the car will come out by late 2022 as a 2023 model. However, we don't think Nissan will be pushing back the launch of the coupe. Here's why.
If you recall Nissan's major 13-model announcement, they said that all the cars they previewed would come out within 18 months. If Nissan sticks to their word, we'll be seeing all these cars, trucks, SUVs, and crossovers being launch from May 2020 to November 2021. Among those Nissan models mentioned was the next-gen Z, That means we might see it towards the end of 2021 at the latest.
With that in mind, Nissan is getting ready for the all-new Z, which might be called 400Z. The Japanese automaker said that they would be revealing the Z Proto by September 15. Because of the Proto tag attached to its name, it won't be the road-going version just yet. However, it could be a thinly-veiled concept car that's ready to hit showrooms within the next couple of months.
In some ways, the Z Proto could be like the Ariya Concept shown at the previous Tokyo Motor Show. At the time, Nissan claimed it was a concept. But when the production model came out, it appeared that the Ariya didn't change much from its transition from concept to production. If the Z Proto will look as good as we expect it to be, then there's a lot of reason to be excited about the 400Z.
But what can we expect from the all-new Z? From the teaser Nissan premiered back in May, they said it would come with a 'retro-inspired' design. The roofline echoes that of the original 240z, and the circular LED daytime running lights are a nod to the past. It even has what appears to be a brushed aluminum strip above the windows, which is reminiscent of the rain gutters seen in the classic Z.
Nissan isn't revealing everything about it just yet. The engine, for example, is still a mystery. There have been rumors circulating the car will have a twin-turbo V6 or a turbo-four. Another bit of gossip swirling around is mild-hybrid power. However, Nissan isn't confirming (or denying) any of these suggestions.
So for now, let's wait for Nissan to show us the Z Proto in two weeks. This car was 11 years in the making and, we, along with many more out there, have high expectations.
That said, we wouldn't want to wait 11 more years for the 400Z to land here.