Nissan design boss Shiro Nakamura has been reported as saying the next-generation Z-car will have to be leaner in order to appeal to a wider range of buyers.
The new model is expected to drop its 3.7-litre V6 engine in favour of a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder. This, combined with lower weight, would give similar performance – 0-60mph in around six seconds – but greater efficiency, with lower CO2 emissions.
Nakamura has also been reported as saying that work has already started on a concept version of the new Z-car, and although no date has been specified, it could appear at a major motor show in 2014.
There had been speculation that Nissan would produce a replacement for the 200SX – in the shape of another coupe that would rival the Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ. However, with the Z-car going leaner and smaller, it will occupy this space in the range.