Speaking to Australia’s whichcar.com.au, 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 autoevolution.com 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.