Like most of its rivals in the automotive industry, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is also going the extra mile at a time when a lot of new vehicle models are in flux due to the COVID-19 situation. Nissan reveals its future plans in a recent video published on its global YouTube channel titled "Nissan NEXT: From A to Z", in which the Japanese auto giant confirms 12 new Nissan models to come in the next one-and-a-half years.
Aimed at the company's global market, the upcoming models are the Ariya —Nissan's first pure electric crossover; the Armada, or the Nissan Patrol as called in the Philippine market; the Frontier; the recently launched Nissan Kicks subcompact crossover with e-Power; the mysterious M crossover, as no concrete details are known about it; the Navara; the Note; the Pathfinder; the Qashqai; the Terra; the X-Trail; and the all-new next-gen Z sports car.
The video content aligns with Nissan's global plan to regain profitability by the end of fiscal year 2023, which includes a 48-month proposal that includes not-so-pleasant strategies, among them closing some plants, 20 percent reduction in output, 20 percent reduction in product lineups and, unfortunately, exiting markets such as Russia and South Korea.
It is notable that of the 12 models seen in the one-minute promotional video, only two do not fall under the SUV, crossover or pick-up form factor. These are the subcompact hatchback Nissan Note and the sports car Nissan Z.
Of these models, the following are currently available in the Philippines: the X-Trail, Terra, Navara, Patrol and a Z car – the 370Z NISMO. Nothing much is known about the upcoming models of these vehicles, however, as the video shows merely dark silhouettes.
For one, the next-generation Z sports car has gotten more exposure time in the video, probably even giving die-hard fans goosebumps with the way the car was presented. This long-overdue update of the Z model seems to resemble the original and iconic 240Z, with the same shape of its front hood and rear end, as well as same headlights shape except that the 2021 Z will sport LED lamps. The front grille doesn't seem to follow Nissan's signature V-Motion design language. Reports assume that the 2021 Nissan Z will come with a 3L twin-turbo V6 engine, similar to the Infiniti cars, with output of more or less 400hp, mated to two tranny options — a choice between a manual and an automatic gearbox.
As for the rest of the upcoming models, leaked images of the 2021 Nissan X-Trail showed a new look, with split headlights and a boxier shape. The 2021 Terra is also reportedly fully repaginated and fitted with advanced technology and comfort features. Nothing much is known about the upcoming Navara version, but word has it that it could also get a heavy facelift and new engine options. The Nissan Kicks will most likely replace the JUKE in Nissan Philippines' lineup.
In spite of the crisis, the global automotive scene is in for some excitement and hopefully it will trickle down to the local Philippine market.