A few months ago Nissan released the details of its turnaround plan, which will see the brand introduce 12 new models globally, but at the same time 14 models will be discontinued. As part of its plans, Nissan is also going to commit to a shorter three-year lifecycle for its core models, instead of the current five-year strategy.
“We are in the process of massive renewal of our U.S. product lineup,” Nissan Motor Co. COO Ashwani Gupta recently told Automotive News. Nissan has already revealed the details on some of its new models, like the all-new 2021 Rogue and the 2022 Ariya electric crossover.
But what does Nissan have planned for the rest of its lineup? Starting with the flagship Maxima, there’s a chance that it might be replaced by a fully electric sedan that’s inspired by the IMs “elevated sports sedan” concept and it could arrive as early as the second half of 2022.
Before the replacement for the Maxima arrives, Nissan will release the successor to the 370Z, which is pegged to be called the 400Z. Nissan recently released a teaser of the next-generation Z, which borrows many styling cues from the past.
Nissan is also working on a next-generation GT-R, which might arrive in 2023. The next-generation Pathfinder is expected to debut in the first half of 2021, which will then be followed by a new Murano. Also don’t forget about the next Frontier pickup truck, which is slated to arrive in the second half of 2021.
As for the rest of Nissan’s sedan lineup, there’s a chance that the Versa will disappear after the current generation, since buyers in the US don’t want small sedans. The Altima is expected to get a facelift in 2022 and the Sentra will get an update in 2023.