The automotive world is abuzz with speculation as rumors circulate about the iconic Nissan Skyline making a comeback in an unexpected form: an electric SUV. Dating back to 1957, the Nissan Skyline is one of the oldest and most revered nameplates in the industry, holding a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts worldwide.
According to reports from the Japanese outlet Best Car, the development of the conventional Skyline sedan has been put on hold, paving the way for an electric reincarnation. Nissan is allegedly planning to build the next generation of the Skyline using the electric Ariya crossover as a foundation, possibly utilizing its CMF-EV platform. The highly anticipated debut of this electrified version is expected to take place in 2025.
Performance is set to be a defining feature of the new Skyline EV, as it is reported to produce over 450 horsepower, incorporating a multi-motor all-wheel-drive system. However, whether it will have a twin-motor setup or a quad-motor configuration remains unclear due to language translations.
Excitingly, it is reported that the Skyline EV will not be confined to the Japanese market alone. Nissan has plans to introduce it in the United States as well. To cater to its upmarket status, the model will be rebranded as an Infiniti, aligning with the premium image of previous Skylines sold in the U.S. since 2001, such as the G35, G37, and Q50.
While the possibility of a Skyline EV is intriguing, some concerns arise among enthusiasts about the absence of any word on a GT-R performance model. Nonetheless, it is anticipated that the GT-R will continue to exist in some form, likely incorporating some level of electrification to align with the industry’s push towards sustainable technologies.