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Nissan Global Design VP confirms replacement for 370Z will happen


After a number of speculative reports and rumours, the Senior Vice President for Global Design at Nissan has confirmed that the long overdue replacement for the decade old 370Z will indeed happen.

Speaking to Australia’s, Alfonso Albaisa stated that there is “huge pressure” on coming up with a successor to the current Z-car from a design perspective, but that added “I’m completely excited that I am in the position to work on that”.

In March, a report from Japan claimed that the new Z-car could be manufactured as part of a joint venture with Mercedes-Benz, and that it could possibly debut as early as the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November next year.

According to a related report by though, this seems unlikely now as the next Z could in fact adopt an electric platform that will see shift from rear to front-wheel drive, with four-wheel drive likely to available on higher-end models. Engine options are also unknown with the online site claiming that will use the same 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged as the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport, which in current form produces 294kW/475Nm.

While remains to be seen whether the 370Z’s replacement would indeed be co-developed with Mercedes-Benz or independently by Nissan, reports are that it will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in October next year instead of in Los Angeles.

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