Nissan Future Vehicles
Below is a list of the new and upcoming Nissan models and what direction they will take in years to come.
• 2012 Nissan 370Z: A full redesign arrived in 2009, so a slight refresh is expected for the 2012 model year.
• 2015 Nissan 370Z: Rumors are already swirling about the next-generation Z car, most of them concerning the possibility of Mercedes power after a Daimler-Nissan alliance was forged recently. The reports suggested the possible use of a hybrid diesel power plant, or even a diesel-only setup, but both those scenarios are unlikely and they would be far too costly for the Z. Although Nissan will want to significantly improve the fuel mileage of the next Z, a smaller displacement V6, possibly turbocharged, is more likely.
• 2013 Nissan Altima: A full redesign of Nissan's midsize sedan is expected by 2012. At that time, Nissan will not only introduce a new engine designed to improve the fuel economy of the standard models, it's also expected to unveil a hybrid model that uses Nissan technology instead of a Toyota system.
• 2014 Nissan Armada: It's unclear at this time whether there will be a next-generation Nissan Armada. The current model is built on the same platform as the Nissan Titan pickup which isn't expected to get a redesign until 2013.
• 2013 Nissan Cube: A new addition to Nissan's U.S. lineup in 2010, the Cube would be due for a refresh in 2012. Given the Cube's unusual styling, don't expect to see many exterior changes. Instead, Nissan will most likely use the opportunity to upgrade the Cube's interior and maybe even its drivetrain.
• 2013 Nissan Frontier: After a minor refresh in 2009, the Frontier will most likely remain unchanged until at least 2012. Nissan is currently working on a new full-size truck to replace the aging Titan and the Frontier shares the same F-Alpha platform. Look for a broader range of engines in the next Frontier as Nissan looks to reduce the overall fuel consumption of its entire truck fleet.
• 2013 Nissan GT-R: Nissan has said from the beginning that it intends to gradually improve the GT-R with each model year. That has been true so far, but the company is also working on a fully redesigned model that should arrive sometime in 2012. The basic setup will remain the same with all four wheels getting power from a turbocharged V6. Nissan will most likely focus on weight reduction instead of additional power, a move that should improve mileage and keep the car from putting a sizable dent in the company's overall fleet average.
• 2011 Nissan Juke: This all-new compact crossover is set to go on sale in October of 2010. It features a new 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that drives either the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission.
• 2011 Nissan Leaf: An all-new electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf is expected to go on sale in December. Nissan says the electric four-door hatchback will have a range of 100 miles on a single charge. The Leaf uses lithium-ion batteries and requires about eight hours to charge on a typical household outlet.
• 2012 Nissan Maxima: Last redesigned in 2009, the Maxima should be ready for a midcycle refresh in 2012. We don't expect many changes to the exterior sheet metal, but Nissan may add some updates to the drivetrain in an attempt to squeeze some additional mileage out of its big sedan. A diesel version had been planned, but was cancelled when it became clear that meeting U.S. emissions requirements was going to be too difficult.
• 2012 Nissan Murano: This midsize crossover is due for a refresh in 2011 after a full redesign was done in 2009. Like many of Nissan's vehicles, the V6-only Murano will likely get changes intended to improve its fuel mileage, with a four-cylinder engine option being a distinct possibility.
• 2012 Nissan Murano Convertible: Believe it or not, Nissan has been planning a convertible version of the Murano for some time. It will debut at the 2010 L.A. Auto Show, with sales beginning in early spring 2011. The Murano drop top will have two doors and a cloth convertible top. The necessary structural reinforcements for the convertible conversion will likely push curb weight up a bit, so expect Nissan to offer it with a V6 engine only.
• 2013 Nissan Pathfinder: Given that the Pathfinder is based on Nissan's F-Alpha truck platform, it's not likely to get any major changes until the company finalizes its full-size Titan replacement.
• 2012 Nissan Quest: After a poor reception to the current design of the Quest minivan, Nissan is slated to unveil a more traditionally styled van for the 2012 model year. It will go on sale in early 2011 and feature a 300-hp V6 driving the front wheels. All-wheel drive is a possible option. Look for its official debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
• 2013 Nissan Rogue: Although it debuted as a 2008 model, the Rogue isn't expected to get any major changes in the near future. With so many other Nissan projects slated for the next 24 months, the Rogue may have to wait until 2012 to receive a midcycle refresh.
• 2013 Nissan Sentra: After getting a mild refresh for the 2010 model year, the Nissan Sentra won't see a major redesign for another two or three years.
• 2013 Nissan Titan: After breaking off plans to build a new Titan with Chrysler, Nissan has now moved the project in-house and expects to have an all-new truck ready in two or three years. Look for the second-generation Titan to offer more body styles and engine options to better align it with the more popular trucks in its class.
• 2013 Nissan Versa: After a very mild update for 2010, the Versa will likely remain unchanged until a full redesign comes along in a couple years.
• 2013 Nissan Xterra: Like the Pathfinder, the Xterra is based on a version of the F-Alpha truck platform that underpins the Frontier and Titan pickups. With major redesigns of those trucks currently underway, the Xterra will most likely undergo minor updates until a full redesign is ready in 2013.