Nissan is finally getting ready to replace the venerable 370Z.
There are few cars that have been on the road for as long and as unchanged as the Nissan 370Z. First unveiled in 2009, the 370Z has remained Nissan’s Z-mobile for over a decade. A mid-cycle refresh did little to change the car’s appearance (although it did boost the 3.7-L V6’s output to 332 horsepower).
It’s also one of the few remaining cars where you can ask for a proper 6-speed manual transmission, although a 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters is also available.
As awesome as the 370Z is, it’s also just plain old. Sales are falling and love for the increasingly expensive sports car is tumbling along with it. Nissan has already announced that the convertible version of the 370Z will not return for the 2020 model year, which we took to be indicative of the 370Z’s dire straits.
But it seems that Nissan won’t shelf the Z-series. In an interview with MotorTrend at the Tokyo Auto Show, Nissan’s Corporate Vice President of Global and Japan Product Planning Ivan Espinosa told the publication that a new Z car is coming next year.
"We are not forgetting about Z," said Espinosa. "It is one of our emblematic cars."
Espinosa didn't divulge much else in terms of details, but he did say that the design process is close to being completed and hinted that the convertible is likely not to return--at least not right away.
There was also talk of calling it the 400Z, indicating a boost in displacement to a full 4.0-liters in a new V6 engine.
Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan Global Vice President of Design, was also close-lipped but divulged that a possibly hybrid powertrain is also in the cards, although more inclined to offering a boost to performance than fuel economy.
Nissan fans will have to be a bit patient for further details, sadly. Don’t expect more until after we see the 2020 370Z’s debut later this year.