Nissan wants to update around 70% of its model portfolio by mid-2021. As part of a long-term plan, the automaker will switch to a shorter three-year lifecycle for its base models from the current five-year strategy. A new report from Automotive News tries to unveil the brand’s future plans model by model.
“We are in the process of massively renewing our American product line,” said Ashwani Gupta, chief operating officer of Nissan recently. Automotive News. As part of the plan, the Maxima could transform into a fully electric sedan for its next generation. Specifically, it will take inspiration from the IM’s concept of “sporty raised sedan” and could arrive in the second half of 2022.
A few months before that, Nissan is expected to unveil the successor to the 370Z sports car. According to Automotive News, it will be inspired by older Z sports cars in terms of design and will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine – something we’ve heard before and really hope this turns out to be true.
Meanwhile, the GT-R is also under development, but it probably won’t arrive until 2023 at the earliest. This means that the already aged Godzilla has at least two more years on the market until his successor hits the market.
Looking across the spectrum, the entry-level Versa may not survive beyond its current generation, but a refresh is slated for the second half of 2022. A cut above is the Sentra, which is expected to remain largely unchanged until 2023 when a mid-cycle refresh is expected to be introduced.
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In the SUV segment, the Murano is expected to be completely redesigned for the 2022 model year, while the Pathfinder is expected to receive a new generation several months earlier. The same goes for the Amanda, as well as the Rogue.