The upcoming model will likely become an indirect replacement for the Nissan GTR.
NISSANNismo, the performance division of Nismo, is preparing to launch a new flagship model for the international market. Expected to be a stand-alone sports car this decade, Nissan Nismo CEO Takao Katagiri confirmed to sister publication Autocar UK that the unnamed new model will go on sale. international market after its initial release in Japan.
- Expected to be an indirect successor to the Nissan GTR
- Likely to be equipped with a hybrid powertrain
Nissan Nismo sports car: expected powertrain, launch time
The new car, likely a successor to the GTR, could have a hybrid powertrain. Katagiri also confirmed that a “combination” of hybrid and EV models will also be launched.
Company executives have previously said that performance EVs will need to be powered by solid-state batteries. However, Richard Moore, chief strategy officer of the West Midlands Gigafactory, claims that they are still 10 years away from being able to produce these batteries and apply them to mainstream production cars. Therefore, if the new car can survive in international markets, a hybrid option would be the most likely starting point.
However, an all-electric powertrain could be Nissan’s next move, as François Bailly, senior vice president and chief planning officer, previously told Autocar UK: “I would love to have one. an electric sports car, but we needed organization. We’re not ready to announce the sequence yet, but it’s clearly on the table.”
Nissan’s solid-state battery timeline gives clues as to when EVs could reach enthusiasts. The research is at a relatively advanced stage and a test plant will be operational by 2024. The technology is expected to be ready by 2026 and the first production cars to use the technology. This will hit the market in 2028.
Nissan in India
Back in October, Nissan introduced three new SUVs in India – X-TrailJuke and Qashqai. Of the three SUVs, the brand has confirmed that it will launch the X-Trail, which will compete with the likes of Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq. Nissan is currently for sale Magnite Compact SUV and kick midsize SUV in India, with the latter unlikely to last much longer due to its aging platform.