At the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Nissan is set to debut something big: a new electric vehicle. This follows the unveiling of the 2019 Murano and Maxima at the L.A. Auto Show, so you could say Nissan is making some horsepower-produced waves to start the year.
What Nissan EV vehicle will be shown to the public when the automaker takes the stage? We can’t be sure, but that won’t stop us from speculating.
Could It Be An Electrified Sports Car?
Nissan has already stated that 40% of its lineup will be electric in Europe – and here we are, in Kansas City, stuck with just one amazing Nissan LEAF – by the year 2022. Will that include their performance cars, like the GT-R and 370Z? And, most importantly, will this electrification trend make its way across the pond and onto our Olathe Nissan dealership’s lot?
“I don’t see electrification and sports cars as technologies that are conflicting,” said Jen-Pierre Diernaz, one of Nissan’s marketing brass. “At the end of the day, a motor and battery are much easier to move from one platform to another, from one sub-segment to another, than a full internal combustion set-up.”
The 370Z is looking a bit long in the tooth, so to speak, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Nissan showcased its engineering chops at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show by debuting a concept EV replacement to the 370Z.
What About An Electric Nissan SUV?
Perhaps the debuting vehicle will be an EV based on the IMx Kuro concept that was unveiled in 2017 and re-unveiled in Geneva in 2018. Numerous reports surfaced earlier in the year, and they state that the new fully electric Nissan SUV is already ready for the production line – and it will be built on the LEAF’s platform. In direct competition with the likes of the Hyundai Kona EV, this new Nissan electric crossover – LEAF-based or otherwise – will likely be comparable in range, size, and price.
If you want to see this new Nissan EV concept, the curtain will be drawn at the NAIAS on January 14, 2019. Grab your tickets to the Detroit Auto Show. Or if you’re patient, you can keep your eyes for updates on the inter-webs, and plan to visit your McCarthy Olathe Nissan dealer when any of the new Nissan models arrive. (Fingers crossed that it’ll be soon.) Contact us at 913-324-7364 to speak to a member of our sales team.