Nissan’s Z series of sporty cars are an important part of their brand image. And they are one of their major points of innovation especially in the American market. High performance at half the price compared to European counterparts – this is the USP for Nissan. And the news is that this upcoming 2018 Nissan Z will be a high-riding sporty car.
The decision to give a new dimension to it Z series instead of a modification to existing 350 and 370 models is a clever one from Nissan. This new 2018 Nissan Z-series model will be released into the crossover segment.
2018 Nissan Z Design and Features
Crossovers are leading sales in the American automobile market. And that is just the reason why this new 2018 Nissan Z car will be remodelled as a crossover. This product strategy is reminiscent to that of Toyota with its upcoming C-HR concept which will go into production soon too.
This upcoming new model will be based on the Gripz concept which Nissan showcased first during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It is widely expected and accepted that this concept will be a major inspiration for a new Z series car in the future.
This is the next level of innovation and engineering for crossovers- a senior executive commented on this concept vehicle. Whether a Z series car will be added to the company’s line-up was a question which is deftly avoided – “Concepts and production cars are different. It all depends on the market.”
But there are enough rumors to suggest that this new 2018 Nissan Z-series crossover is closer than ever. With Toyota already a few paces ahead with their sporty new crossover, Nissan will obviously try to avoid being too late to enter the market.
Performance, cutting-edge techs and radical designing – this is how the concept was inaugurated and marketed by the Japanese manufacturers. This new crossover from Nissan will be a 4-seater with a high ride-height. And it will come with a sporty and next-gen exterior design and stance.
Fact is – manufacturers still stick to the fundamental design patterns on previous generations for new models. Though Nissan has crossovers in their lineup, a Nissan Z series crossovers will not fall in that same design pattern. Also, this car will not have the same structure like the 350s and 370s. So, interiors are expected to be a whole new design.
2018 Nissan Z Under the Hood
Although this model will be a performance-oriented crossover, there is no concrete news or speculations to its performance configurations. Nissan may look to give this car the 3.7-liter V6 which powers Nissan’s new 2017 Z Coupe. With stats at 350 hp and 276 lb-ft, this is the most powerful engine available to Nissan for this upcoming 2018 Nissan Z. And it is most likely that this is the engine which will run it.
The market segment for high-end sporty new crossovers is well and truly high-end in styling, luxury and performance. This is a segment where buyers want a bit of everything. Down-sizing SUVs to fit this segment is a popular trait already. But fresh new upcoming additions such as this 2018 Nissan Z are aimed at only one thing – to be the benchmark high-end high-riding crossover.