Armada: The brand's full-size SUV is redesigned for the 2017 model year. It no longer will be built in the United States based on the F-Alpha platform. Instead, it will be imported from Japan, where it will borrow the architecture of Nissan's globally sold Patrol SUV.
The Armada will be slightly longer, gaining 1.2 inches of length despite trimming 2.1 inches of wheelbase, and 2.2 inches lower. But it will feature a more elegant interior, with stitched leather seats, footwell lighting, step lamps and a suite of active safety features, including predictive forward-collision warning and backup-collision intervention.
Rogue: Nissan is fanning the sales flames of its compact Rogue crossover, which now has assembly lines in the U.S, South Korea and Japan fulfilling U.S. dealer orders. Despite the market demand, the Rogue has been selling without the benefit of a low-end model to bring shoppers into showrooms.
That will change this year with the introduction of a Rogue model built in England on the slightly smaller Qashqai architecture and given a low-end price point. Still unclear is which of the Qashqai's smaller engines will make it to the U.S. market. But its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine is a likely bet.
Frontier: The midsize Frontier pickup will be redesigned next year to debut as a 2018 model. Look for more flexibility in the platform, including an option for a diesel engine.
Leaf: Engineers are at work on the second generation of the electric Leaf, which likely will show up in late 2018 or early 2019. The critical change for Gen 2 will be improving the driving range of the Leaf's lithium ion battery, which currently claims an EPA-approved rating equivalent of 114 mpg combined city and highway on a full battery charge. Competitors including General Motors and Tesla have eclipsed Nissan on driving range in the past two years. Nissan has signaled that its next Leaf will have a range of close to 300 miles. The car will be lighter, with an increased use of carbon fiber, and permit hands-free recharging, allowing owners to simply park over an inductive-system floor mat that does the charging automatically.
Juke: The small, sporty crossover is in line for a redesign in 2018. Nissan designers have said they want to maintain the polarizing look of the Juke in its next generation.
Murano: The Murano was redesigned for the 2015 model year. It is scheduled to be freshened in late 2017.
Maxima: The sport sedan was redesigned for the 2016 model year, but the 2017 model year will see new tech packages added, including a larger cockpit display and the integrated Apple CarPlay infotainment system.
Sentra: The compact sedan was heavily freshened for the 2016 model year. For the
2017 model year, Nissan will introduce a new engine for the car, deploying the Juke's turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine.
Altima: Nissan likely will redesign the Altima for a late 2018 debut, with more emphasis on fuel efficiency, power and handling. Look for a smaller-displacement, turbocharged engine option on the Nissan volume leader, as well as a styling shift to a sportier, fastback-inspired rear roofline.
Versa, Versa Note: Nissan's Versa subcompact sedan is not due for a redesign until 2018-19, followed by a redesigned Versa Note hatchback.
Kicks: Nissan planners are weighing the idea of selling the small Kicks crossover in the United States. The model fits into the subcompact class, closer in segment to the Versa than the Sentra, and probably would use the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that powers Nissan's Micra, which is sold in Canada and other world markets. The Kicks was developed as a low-priced entry for South America, created jointly by Nissan's design teams in Rio de Janeiro and San Diego, to be manufactured in Brazil. But Nissan also intends to put it into production this year in Mexico, giving rise to the possibility of bringing it to U.S. retailers. The company has stated emphatically that it is not intended as a replacement for the Juke.
370Z: Z sales have fallen since the current 370Z iteration was introduced in 2009. The sports car is due for a complete redesign, and the company has hinted that its replacement will shed some of its weight and size while using a smaller turbocharged engine. The repositioning could result in the Z's temporary disappearance from the market for as much as a year.
GT-R: The small-volume supercar received a significant freshening this year, including a quieter and more luxurious interior, a boost in power to 565 hp, a new front grille and a smoother-shifting transmission.
Quest: It is unclear what Nissan's next move will be for the Quest minivan. The minivan market in general has dwindled with the popularity of crossovers, and the Quest averaged fewer than 1,500 vehicle sales a month in the first half of this year. Nissan faces a big decision about whether to keep the Quest alive as it nears the end of its fourth generation. Retailers like minivans for the hefty margins they tend to deliver. But Nissan has tried three different sourcing approaches for its minivan, including having it built by Ford Motor Co. It is currently imported from Japan.
Micra: Nissan continues to study bringing the Micra minicar to the United States. The Micra now sells in Canada, and its platform is in production in Mexico, yielding other Nissan nameplates. A U.S. entry likely would fall after 2018.