Nissan has been slowly teasing us more with images of its upcoming next-generation Z car online. Officially called the Z Proto, the Japanese brand has released another teaser video of the vehicle, this time revealing a few more styling elements. The video itself is similar in structure to the other teaser videos that Nissan has released in which it focuses on the “Z car” heritage. However, this time around for the Z Proto it focuses on specific design elements that the vehicle draws inspiration from.
It showcases the styling inspiration from the original 240Z all the way to the current generation of the vehicle the Nissan 370Z. The video showcases how the Z Proto or otherwise known as the 400Z draws inspiration from the 240Z with a modernized rendition of its iconic headlight shape. Moving onto the rear of the concept vehicle and more design elements can be seen harking back to the 300ZX with its rectangular taillight design. It's clear that with these vehicle design callbacks, Nissan wants to make sure that everyone knows this next generation Z car like the others before it will set the bar high for iconic styling and performance.
Even the badging of the Z Proto has been updated. While still maintaining a familiar look to that of the one found on the Nissan 370Z it has been updated to give it a more modern look yet retains its old school styling.
With performance in mind, the 400Z is rumored to enter the market with a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbocharged gasoline engine. Like the other vehicles before it will retain its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. While unconfirmed the new vehicle will likely come with a 6-speed manual transmission, although an automatic could still be in the works and is not a far off the idea for the Z Proto.
The prototype vehicle will be making its official debut on September 15, 2020, with a production model to make its appearance in 2021. There is no official word yet as to when it will be going on sale, however, we expect it to happen sometime in the latter half of 2021 or towards the first half of 2022.