With the 370Z recently receiving an update, will you ever see the 2022 Nissan 380Z on the market? Let’s look back at the car’s history and see whether the 380Z release is a foreseeable fact.
For six generations since 1969, Nissan’s Z-car series has been one of its most popular sports cars, especially due to its sporty design and excellent power. The last version of this car is the 370Z model, first released in 2008 and was well-liked because of the complete overhaul that the model introduced to distinguish itself from the previous 350Z model. Almost every part of it was new and not found in the 350Z.
The company recently refined the 370Z car by releasing the 2019 model (labeled 2020 Nissan 370Z). However, this refinement has failed to revive the car’s sales, declining since 2016. The Roadster variant was already discontinued in the United States, though it continues to be marketed in Canada. Buyers generally regard this car as an afterthought when it comes to buying a new sports car.
With the recent refinement that fails to revive the model, will Nissan consider a full upgrade like what the company did in 2008? Based on this rationale, buyers anticipate the release of the 2022 Nissan 380Z as soon as possible.
A Hint of the Future Z-Car
Nissan has not yet released official information about the release of the 2022 Nissan 380Z; however, the possibility of the next-gen Z-car release is already hinted at by Nissan’s officials. This hint can be traced back as early as 2018 when the Senior Vice President for Global Design at Nissan Alfonso Abaisa implied such a possibility during an interview with the Australian magazine WhichCar.
Since then, speculations have been arising, which particularly focused on a debate of whether the said car would be a redesign for the 370Z or a full model upgrade.
The same indication was also hinted at by Nissan’s corporate vice president of global and Japan product planning Ivan Espinosa, who mentioned that the Z-car is the company’s emblematic car that would certainly receive one of the highest priorities.
Nathan Adler, an automotive journalist, also expressed his optimism about the possibility of releasing the next-gen Z-car from a series of interviews that he conducted with Nissan’s officials.
Although the next-gen Z-car model’s release is currently full of speculations, there is growing optimism that such a car will soon reveal itself in material form.
2022 Nissan 380Z Design
Nissan is currently working on the future Z-car design, albeit with no information on the car’s actual name. While the company’s hard work is expected to introduce many new elements in the future Z-car, possibly the 2022 Nissan 380Z, rumors say that the car will have a quite familiar design.
Overall, the design is very much the same as the current 370Z model, with slight changes, including a more angular front vent, less angular headlights, and retro taillights reminiscent of the 1990’s 300ZX model. While the car looks dated and nostalgic, the front looks modern and is quite similar to the front face of the 240Z.
One of the most frequently noted inferiorities of the 370Z model is its archaic interior, which barely features modern amenities, especially the up-to-date infotainment system.
Nissan is expected to correct this problem by introducing more revamped interior features, possibly adopted from Nissan’s current models, including Sentra and Altima.
Although this prediction is pure speculation, we are optimistic that the future Z-car will indeed get a better interior touch, especially considering the 370Z’s lack of infotainment system as the cause of its weak sales last five years.
2022 Nissan 380Z Specs
There is also speculation of whether the next 2022 Nissan 380Z will feature the 3.8-L V6 engine that Nissan Frontier will also use.
Although the company has not revealed the exact engine that the car will use, it already hinted that the engine would be different. It would likely be a twin-turbocharged V6 with a possible hybrid or even all-electric variant.
As for the drivetrain, the 2022 Nissan 380Z will remain a rear-wheel-drive car similar to its predecessor.
2022 Nissan 380Z Release Date & Price
The latest generation Nissan Z series is expected to return to continue the battle with rivals such as the Toyota Supra and Chevrolet Corvette. Although Nissan’s Global Vice President of Design, Alfonso Albaisa, has said that they have not forgotten the Z series until now, there has been no official information about the New 370 Successor.
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