The words “Nissan Skyline” conjure up a lot of things, but high seating, comfort, loads of kit and crossover are none of them. Until now.

It may send shockwaves through McDonalds car parks everywhere but the Nissan Skyline is now an SUV, well, in Japan at least. Of course, the Skyline moniker has been dropped from the GT-R which made its name famous in the first place, but that still doesn’t stop this car raising a few eyebrows.

Luckily it has grabbed a Fast and Furious style name – Type P to be precise – and the drive is far from boring. There’s just one engine, Nissan’s lusty 3.7-litre petrol V6, matched to a 7-speed dual mode auto box. Not so green, perhaps, but in terms of performance and handling, this ‘compact coupe crossover’ is a sheer driver’s delight. .

That V6 engine (also shared with the 370Z) is strong, eager and backed with superb throttle response. It might not be the sweetest six-cylinder motor, all round, but it’s full of spirit and boy does it deliver the goods, blasting the Skyline from 0-60 mph in around 6 seconds, and there’s plenty of torque, too. .

Dynamically, the Skyline is refined and really well resolved, matching sharp, intuitive handling with strong grip to an impressively level and compliant ride. Body control through bends, and steering feel, are genuinely top drawer.