If you’re an avid Nissan enthusiast, you may already know that October 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the avant-garde Nissan 240Z. For some time, many of us have wondered when the next Z-model may arrive as it’s been a decade since Nissan first introduced the Z34 chassis 370Z. While the car received minor updates since the 2009 model, it needs a good makeover.
The wait might finally be over as a new Nissan Z-car could be on the cards. According to an interview with Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s Senior VP of Global Design, plans for the next-gen Z is under way. With the 50th anniversary coinciding with the Tokyo Motor Show next year, it wouldn’t be surprising if Nissan were to make a special announcement. At least, that’s what we’re hoping for and some rumours even suggest a possible debut of a Z-prototype.
While it is great news, even if the prototype debuts at the Tokyo Motor Show, it would still be far from full-scale production, but at least Nissan is working on a new Z-car. No details have been released in terms of design specifics but the general consensus is to take the Z back to its roots. For those who don’t know, that means a lightweight, simple but good looking and fun vehicle for true motor heads.
As many car brands are shifting toward sports cars and SUV’s, the future of the Z-car didn’t look all that bright. However, we now know that it is not the case and we could see a new addition to the already impressive Nissan collection.
When reviewing the to-do list of Nissan’s design work, Albaisa had the following to say, “The Z-car, oh my god. Huge pressure. You can imagine I’m completely excited that I am in the position to work on that.”
The new Z-car project couldn’t be in better hands. Albaisa is a 31-year veteran of Nissan with some serious pedigree. He developed a series of astonishingly beautiful Nissan and Infiniti show cars, laying the foundation for the future of car design. Albaisa took over from Shiro Nakamura when he stepped down as Nissan’s design boss last year and his appointment was a universal welcome.
Albaisa’s 1940s-themed Prototype 9, an electric car inspired by Howard Hughes’ H1 record-breaking aircraft, was a real winner at Pebble Beach last year. If that didn’t do him justice, he followed it up with the gorgeous Infiniti Q Inspiration. The futuristic sedan with its curvaceous lines and stunning features should be the blueprint of our motoring future.
The success of the next-gen Z-car is paramount and it would prove, without a doubt, that Albaisa is the right man for the job. Clear your calendar for next year’s Tokyo Motor Show on October 25th and perhaps witness a surprise reveal.