Future Cars: Can A New Nissan Stagea Answer Our Skyline Wagon Prayers?

For many petrolheads, there’s nothing more enticing than a high-performance wagon. Sadly these days, the offerings are fairly limited unless you want something German and very expensive.

Nonetheless, one wagon that has always caught our attention is the Japanese-market Nissan Stagea. Produced between 1996 and 2007, it was a Skyline-based and -infused, turbocharged V6 powerhouse with immense cult status.

So what could a modern day Stagea look like? Let’s envisage further.

Muscular Design

This study adopts Nissan’s current styling philosophy incorporating a dominant V-shaped grille, wedge headlamps and sheetmetal surfacing inspired by the upcoming new Altima. The front fenders, hood and a-pillars are a deliberate ploy to visually link it with the current GT-R, somewhat appropriate since the two nameplates have shared mechanicals in the past.

Like the original Stagea, it has shorter than usual rear doors and long side glass. Lower door scollops flick down towards the rear wheels for that go-fast appearance; whilst the rear is finished off with a vertical tailgate, quad exhausts and boomerang-styled LED tail lights.

VR And Variable Compression Powerhouses

The 1st and 2nd generation (WC34 & M35) Stagea were offered with a range of Skyline-based powertrains, including the RB-series in 2.0, 2.5T and 2.6-litre Twin Turbo (260RS) guises. Later on, the M35 era employed VQ-series engines in 2.5, 2.5T, 3.0 and 3.5-litre formats.

Whilst those were good engines, today’s power game has moved on. Nissan’s 298 kW/399hp, 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 (VR30DDTT) would do just nicely here. Power would be sent to either the rear or all four wheels, via a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Oddly, the most interesting variant could come in the form of Infiniti’s latest Variable Compression-Ratio engine. Code-named KR20, this 2.0-litre turbocharged unit debuted in the 2019 QX50. It combines decent power with diesel-like efficiency, making for a potent entry-level option.

Rivals Of The Past And Present

Many of the Stagea’s past competitors have been put out to pasture due to the obsession with SUV’s, low sales and ever-tightening emissions standards. Mid-size wagons like Subaru’s Legacy GT-B, Toyota Caldina GT-T and Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4 were a hoot to drive and are dearly missed.

Today, the competition is rather varied and restrictive depending on where you live in the world. On the smaller side, a new Stagea would battle against VW’s Golf R wagon, Skoda Octavia vRS and Subaru Levorg. And if price weren’t an issue, you could add Audi’s RS4, Volvo V60 Polestar and AMG’s C63 wagon to the mix too.

Nevertheless, no matter what make, model, size and price scale you’re looking at, the more wagons there are, the more the world will be a better place. Hope you’re reading Nissan…

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

Historic Nissan Stage Photos

  • R55

    This would be incredible! Still waiting on that Civic Tourer Type R (based off the BTCC version)

    • fabri99

      Wagon race-cars are just so cool, and a road-going Tourer Type R would be awesome (and look pretty good too, since the Tourer doesn’t have the weird shape of the hatchback).

      • Dredd2

        new kia optima sw and alfa 159sw are the best in exterior and “sporty” look.

        • fabri99

          The 159 was extremely good looking in every form. What Giugiaro did with the 159/Brera/Spider is easily one of the best design of the 21st century, and perhaps the best if we only consider common cars, those most people can actually afford.

  • So you guys hear our complained about your rendering article and put up your own opinion and the possibility of drivetrain options and etc.

    I like it! Keep the article like this CS team and we might go soft on you on rendering!

  • Jhon

    with a CVT no …

  • fabri99

    Yes, a new Stagea is what we all want. Though Nissan shouldn’t just make a shooting brake GT-R, but a real, mega-luggage space, quirky-looking super wagon. Just like the old Stagea used to be. Definitely a future classic, that thing.

    • Cowboy

      A Shooting Brake is a 2 door wagon. Nissan haven’t made a Shooting Brake since the Datsun 120y.

      • fabri99

        Exactly, but today’s trend is shooting brakes and I don’t want Nissan to conform.

        • Cowboy

          That’s not a Shooting Brake in the picture, it’s a Station Wagon…No one is suggesting Nissan make a Shooting Brake.

  • PhilMcGraw

    And yet as good as this would be and as cool as it is, it still wouldn’t be offered in the US because it’s not lifted off the ground, has 8 seats for those families with one kid, or has 13 cup holders because apparently that’s a thing.


  • Honda NSX-R

    That looks great!

  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    With the Skyline being also an Infiniti in Japan now, I kinda doubt this will wear the Nissan badge if it does exist.

  • Bo Hanan

    Who’s been asking for this car?

    • Cowboy

      *raises hand* Either this or the IDx concept or maybe a 370z 2+2. This’d be my first choice, though.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Everyone except you clearly. I’ve been even doing takes on the design.

  • Christian Wimmer
    • Cowboy


  • Christian Wimmer

    I’d love to see a GT-R wagon but it’s not happening. If Nissan is going to drag its feet about updating or replacing the 370Z then there is no reason to believe they will ever make a new Stagea. They’ll play it safe, like a lot of manufacturers these days, and just push out more boring SUVs and CUVs. Personally, I think the days of Nissan making enthusiast cars are gone. The GT-R is the only one they have left and that’s not even affordable to most people.

  • no25

    Looks pretty good! A little boxy and long but so is the old one, so it works. I feel this face is similar to what the next Altima will become.

  • Randy Terpstra

    I have a soft-spot for wagons, so I’d love the idea. We’ve been able to import Stageas into Canada, for quite some time. Now the M35 (basically an Infiniti G-wagon) version is also available to us. And although the M35 was never available in the bonkers Skyline GT-R drive-line equipped Autech 260RS versions, like the previous generation WC34 was, I like them a lot.

    Having said that, there is just no market for them. To build a business case, there has to be a market for the garden variety versions and there isn’t any. The Stagea has been replaced by the Skyline CrossOver/Infiniti GX/QX. So…if Nissan were to pull off a spiritual successor to the hotter versions of the Stagea, they could be marketing us a hotter (Nismo?) Infiniti QX50.

  • Randy Terpstra
    • Cowboy

      Where’s the vomit emoji?

  • Sjaak

    why go for the copycat, buy the original, a volvo !

    • D3X

      Now if only they made a V90 Polestar, or a V90XC Polestar.

      • Bradleigh Horton

        You GET a BLUE ribbon for THAT concept of an idea. Volvo has the RIGHT idea on WAGONS while the other gave up.

  • Howstar

    Looks amazing!
    Yes, always loved stegeas, perfect for the family man that doesn’t want a SUV

  • Bradleigh Horton

    Sad news, in America, it’s CROSSOVER and SUV’s. BOO, HISS!

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