2022 Nissan Z Leaks Online by Way of Patent Images
The next-gen Nissan sports coupe is expected to go by the name 400Z.
It's safe to say the next-gen Nissan Z is one of the most hotly anticipated cars. The Z Proto concept broke cover last year and brought a wave of excitement with it. Despite some speculation that Z Proto was just a 370Z underneath with some more handsome bodywork layered on top, we're still excited for the next member of Nissan's Z family tree. But what we all wanted to know was just how closely the production car would resemble the show car.
Thanks to a set of patent images that were found lurking around an Australian patent site, we now have a pretty good idea of what the production car will look like. Design number 202015053, as it's referred to on the site, is most definitely the saleable version of the car we expect Nissan to sell as the 2022 400Z. For lovers of retro-modern design, the news is good.
Even though it very closely resembles the Z Proto, there are key indicators that this is the production version of the car. The radar sensor for systems such as adaptive cruise control (something the Z Proto didn't have) is clearly visible in the lower part of the front intake. Additionally, the headlights are shaped slightly differently, there are emergency keyholes in the doors and in the rear liftgate in the event the battery in the car's remote dies, and there are cutouts for reflectors (a requirement in the United States and many other countries).
If these patent images are to be believed, the 2022 Z will also keep its retro taillights that were inspired by the old Nissan 300ZX, as well as the hood bulge that inspired by the original 240Z. We also hope other small, retro details make their way to the production version, such as the Fairlady badge and the almost-but-not-quite circular daytime-running-light design that harks back to the headlights of the 240Z and 280Z.
It looks like the next Z is shaping up to be a heritage-rich, yet thoroughly modern, sports car. We can't wait to get behind the wheel.