Next Nissan Z Rumored to be a Crossover

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Next Nissan Z Rumored to be a Crossover

The next-generation Nissan Z could be what no previous Z has been before: a crossover.

According to Autocar, the new Z will be a radical sports crossover and it’ll debut in concept form at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September before arriving in showrooms by 2017.

The Japanese automaker has been mulling over what direction to take the Z, and has considered moving it down market to compete with the Scion FR-S with a more basic four-cylinder model, which was previewed by the iDx. But plans for the iDx have been axed and the company’s chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura, recently said in an interview that he feels the “Z needs more revolution than evolution,” hinting that the model needs to take a new path.

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If the Z does end up being a crossover, expect it to be similar in size to the current Juke though it’ll be based on a platform from the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Under the hood, a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is likely to provide power. The platform is also capable of using hybrid powertrains.

It’s worth noting that Nissan considers the Z a sub-brand and there’s always the possibility it could spawn two different Z models, one as a traditional sports coupe and one as a crossover.

[Source: Autocar]

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  • Shiratori1

    This is the very definition of click-bait. Desperately trying to get a rise out of people to increase traffic.

    You’re better than this autoguide………

  • Camilo Poblete

    This couldnt be any more ridiculous. Is this site turning into an automotive “The Enquirer” ?

  • Kinetis

    Nissan already has a crossover that’s the size of the Juke with a 1.6 litre turbo engine, it’s called the Juke…

  • t1oracle

    LOL no they aren’t.

  • ColumWood

    We CLEARLY mark it as a rumor. It certainly sounds like a stretch, but as the saying goes: The best lies contain a hint of truth.