Reborn Nissan 200SX awaits the production green light, accoridng to insiders

Nissan is poised to take on the reborn Mazda RX-7 and VW Scirocco with a follow-up to its 200SX coupé, insiders say.

The new two-door, which would effectively replace the 200SX that was axed in 2002, would slot beneath the 370Z to give Nissan a more fuel-efficient and affordable fastback to counter the Scirocco and Renault’s three-door Mégane.

The new Nissan would be rear-wheel drive, as before, but the challenge of finding a suitable platform on which to build it is proving difficult.

A cut-down 370Z chassis has been considered but is likely to prove too heavy. The open-top, rear-drive sports car that Nissan was also exploring at one time — and which could also have provided the hardware — has been aborted.

Nissan has also decided to utilise the next generation of its Tiida hatchback — sold in Ireland and Russia, but nowhere else in Europe — to bolster its family car line-up alongside the Qashqai.

The Qashqai crossover has been judged a success, but the company still wants a conventional hatch — in effect, a replacement for the Almera — to take on the VW Golf and Ford Focus across Europe.

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23 July 2010

Great news, the 200SX/180SX/Silvia group has been missed. The 1200kg mass of the S13 series is unlikely to be achieved, I just hope they can keep it lightweight (<1300kg) and circa 300bhp.

23 July 2010

i think they can get 1200kgs using their 1.6 petrol turbo with 200bhp.

23 July 2010

Doubt they'll realistically aim for 1200kg, not if it's to be of a similar size to the last 200sx, i'd suggest somewhere around 1400kg and 240/250bhp from a turbo (probably 1.8-2.0 litre) will be what we'll eventually get. Unless nissan come up with a supercharger/turbocharger combo like vw in which case maybe a 1.6 putting out similar power.

23 July 2010

About bloody time too. Glad to see Nissan rediscovering its mojo. Now we just need Toyota's new RWD Celica, plus the new MR2 and Supra, and the new Honda S2000, perhaps a new NSX too...

23 July 2010

[quote Autocar]Nissan has also decided to utilise the next generation of its Tiida hatchback — sold in Ireland and Russia, but nowhere else in Europe[/quote]

The Nissan Tiida litters the roads here in Central Scotland - they are sold at my local Arnold Clark. To pensioners, mainly.

The sort of car that should come with a travelling rug and box of tissues on the parcel shelf as standard.

23 July 2010

Is it just me or are the story of Smart planning a new roadster, with a bit of help from Renault and Nissan planning a new 200SX, slightly coincidental.

23 July 2010

[quote Citytiger]Is it just me or are the story of Smart planning a new roadster, with a bit of help from Renault and Nissan planning a new 200SX, slightly coincidental.[/quote]

Other than a change of attitude at M-B and Nissault, no. The 200SX would have to be much bigger than the Smart, and front-engined too.

23 July 2010

Just wondered with the lack of a suitable in house RWD Platform to use I wonder if they will use a suitable Mercedes platform

23 July 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]

About bloody time too. Glad to see Nissan rediscovering its mojo. Now we just need Toyota's new RWD Celica, plus the new MR2 and Supra, and the new Honda S2000, perhaps a new NSX too...

All trying to take on the MX5 / Miata

Good luck

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C2100

24 July 2010

[quote Wingroad]

Just wondered with the lack of a suitable in house RWD Platform to use I wonder if they will use a suitable Mercedes platform

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Lack of RWD platform? Erm... 370Z? Skyline? Yes, I know the Skyline is AWD, but it's still longitudinally-engined, engine-behind-the-front-axle, propshaft-down-the-middle...

They'd probably be better off just putting a four-cylinder engine in the Z, tbh.

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