Altima: Redesigned for the 2019 model year and on sale this fall, the Altima midsize sedan takes two bold steps in technology. It will offer all-wheel drive in hopes of separating itself from the import sedan pack. And it will contain Nissan's newly developed variable-compression turbo four-cylinder engine, a powertrain that provides quick acceleration and improved fuel economy.
Maxima: The Maxima received a full redesign in 2016 and is preparing for a freshening next year. The large sedan will receive a more aggressive front grille and new headlights.
Leaf: Nissan's battery-powered car was redesigned for the 2018 model year and will carry over with minimal changes for the next two years. But a second version of the car will appear in early 2019, containing a new battery with a significantly farther driving range and selling at a higher price point. That extended-range Leaf is expected to offer approximately 225 miles of battery range compared with 150 miles on the current Leaf.
370Z: Nissan frankly admits that it has not resolved what to do with its iconic Z-car. Last redesigned for 2009, the sports car is overdue for a makeover. And Nissan declares it will keep the Z alive in the midterm. But longer term, planners are rethinking the Z, including such fundamental issues as what propulsion system it uses and how to make it perform with the same acceleration and agility while meeting future regulations on safety and emissions.
GT-R: Nissan is working on a replacement for the GT-R that could appear as early as 2022. The primary focus of the next GT-R is to harness still greater power than its current 565 hp from a V-6 engine.
Kicks: The new B-segment crossover, based on the Versa, went on sale last month as a 2018 model.
Juke: The subcompact Juke disappears from Nissan's lineup this year.
Rogue: The Rogue compact crossover received a technology upgrade in 2018 to add the autonomous ProPilot Assist package, which includes assisted steering, braking and accelerating during single-lane highway driving. But Nissan's larger plan for the big-volume crossover was revealed in the Xmotion concept at this year's Detroit auto show. The concept suggested that the next-generation Rogue — due out in 2020 or 2021 — will be more ambitiously styled to separate it from the pack. The design featured a more prominent front end and an upward thrusting rear. Interior cues included high-end wood surfaces and Japanese-influenced colors and materials.
Murano: The midsize crossover receives a freshening in 2019, with an updated V-motion grille and new front and rear lights.
Pathfinder: The Pathfinder midsize crossover received a major freshening in 2016 and should be up for a complete redesign in 2020 or 2021.
Terra: The creation of a global light-commercial-vehicle business unit within the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has tantalizing prospects for Nissan Division's North American truck line. One of them is the decision to introduce a midsize truck-based SUV for China, called the Terra. That description comes close to describing the brand's U.S. market Xterra, a now-defunct midsize SUV that retains a cult following among off-roaders. The Xterra disappeared when the more civilized and fuel-efficient car-based Rogue took over Nissan's marketing efforts. But in the new reality of a global light-truck business unit, the question is not whether the automaker will produce the SUV — it already has made that decision — but whether Nissan North America will choose to market it in the U.S. sometime after 2020.
Armada: The full-size SUV will be in line for a freshening in 2019.