The Z Proto is arguably the hottest new Nissan we’ve seen in years – it has the perfect blend of vintage influences and modern tweaks. It is too early to tell if this is the vehicle the manufacturer expected as the savior (we doubt that) but at least it’s a breath of fresh air from Yokohama.
What Nissan really needs right now is a new cash cow. The financial situation of the company is not particularly good and it explores many potential ideas for new models that could bring in new money. And a Z Proto SUV is not something that has been ruled out.
In a recent media event, Ivan Espinosa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global product planning, admitted the automaker was exploring a potential Z SUV. It has yet to be given the green light for production, but this was not excluded either.
“There is always temptation, we always explore these things,” Espinosa said. CarAdvice during the meeting, asked about a potential Z SUV. “The strength of Z – the brand – is so great that it could potentially allow some wild things to happen.”
There were rumors that the new Z was a top-of-the-line model, but speculation was refuted with the launch of the prototype almost ready for production. Still, that doesn’t mean the door is completely closed for a future Z SUV, as that could be the answer to Nissan’s burning question.
“Z is all about connecting with the car you’re driving. So the real sports car experience, you need a low driving position,” Espinosa added. “You can still deliver a very exciting experience, but it will never be physically possible to deliver it. The same experience as if you were sitting as low as you were sitting in the Z Coupe.”