Nissan Design Exec Hard At Work On Next-Gen Z-Model

During a recent interview, Nissan’s senior VP for global design, Alfonso Albaisa, revealed that he’s currently working on an all-new Z-car and that there’s a lot of pressure to get it right.

While rumblings about a 370Z replacement have been circulating the web for a while now, this marks the first time that a senior Nissan official has gone on record about what this car means to the Japanese automaker, while also confirming that the new model is on its way.

Talking to WhichCar about his to-do list regarding his designs at Nissan, Albaisa stated: “The Z-car, oh my god. Huge pressure. You can imagine I’m completely excited that I am in the position to work on that.”

In case you’re not familiar with his work, we’ll remind you that he’s the one that designed that 1940s-themed Prototype 9 show car for Pebble Beach last year. He also worked on the Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept, unveiled earlier this year at NAIAS.

Yet, working on the 370Z’s successor means having to deal with huge expectations, not only from inside the firm, but from driving enthusiasts all around the world. Thankfully, Albaisa is well aware of how iconic Nissan’s Z-models are.

“Democratization of the sports car, the 240Z, unforgettable,” he said. “Even in the modern day…the 300ZX of 1989, this Japanese simplicity was impressive.”

While there’s been no official word as to when we can expect to see a next-gen Z-car break cover, it’s quite possible that Nissan will look to give us a sneak peak during next year’s Tokyo Motor Show (October 2019), which marks the 50th anniversary of the 240Z’s launch.

Note: This is an old, unofficial render

Rendering: CarScoops / Josh Byrnes

  • Research Janitor

    He needs to keep working.

    • ksegg


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  • Howfarr

    oh my… they haven’t even designed the next Z yet

  • Rocket

    Awful rendering. If that’s what Nissan has in mind, they can keep it.

  • nastinupe

    They waited 11 years to start working on the next Z?

  • TheBelltower

    Does Nissan even care about the Z? The current one is nearly as old as the Panther platform.

  • Kagan

    So in about 10 years time or so maybe we get to see one!

  • Wandering_Spirit

    The render looks JapOK. But it’s not a Z. Maybe a midrange sedan with some sporty ambition.

    • lagunas3ca

      Looks like the Veloster.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I get that the automotive industry is competitive around the world and automakers must have designs that stand out, but there’s something to be said about classic lines and proportions. This rendering has neither. Now get back to the drawing board and clean this mess up!

  • DMax

    I hope it’s not a freaking “sporty” electric SUV.

  • performante

    and it’ll be out before the Supra is ever unveiled.

    • Six_Tymes


  • Mr. EP9

    Still convinced it’s going to be a crossover.

  • Sport crossovers.
    Uhm, it can be named Xterra Z.

  • Six_Tymes

    hope its good, and less expensive

  • Bo Hanan

    The next GTR will come in well over 600 Hybrid HP. That gives Nissan a lot of freedom to make the next Z great.


  • Evolix

    Nissan please do not re-use that hideous front end from the rest of the fleet. Take from the detroit 3’s playlist a 4 cylinder turbo for the entry model, NA V6 for mid range and a Twin turbo V6 for the top ranging model with serious balls north of 400hp and I’ll be there to trade in my Mustang GT.

  • Nick099

    Hopefully with more horsepower.

  • ksegg

    It’s a sad day when a sports car rendering just looks like a crossover rendering.

    Then again, I’m a huge fan of Nissan’s hilarious attempts at car design/manufacturing, and their prolific philosophy of using as much cheap plastic as possible, in every nook and cranny possible.

    If Nissan could get away with making an entire engine out of cheap plastic, there is no doubt in my mind they would.

  • Infinite1

    The ugly Maxima front end with the Z body isn’t really appetizing. Luckily, it’s just an old render and hopefully Nissan won’t use the same or similar front end with that grille in a grille design.

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