Nissan BladeGlider Bound for Showrooms


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    Nissan BladeGlider Picture

    A production version of the Nissan BladeGlider is in the automaker's five-year product plan. | January 15, 2014

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Just the Facts:
  • The radical Nissan BladeGlider, which is derived from the automaker's DeltaWing and ZEOD RC Le Mans racecars, is part of the automaker's five-year product plan, Edmunds has learned.
  • A production version of the BladeGlider is all about "reigniting interest in the young," said Andy Palmer, Nissan Motor Co. executive vice president and chief planning officer.
  • Nissan is also considering a smaller version of the next 370Z that may be powered by a downsized turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

DETROIT The radical Nissan BladeGlider, which is derived from the automaker's DeltaWing and ZEOD RC Le Mans racecars, is part of the automaker's five-year product plan, Edmunds has learned.

A production version of the BladeGlider is all about "reigniting interest in the young," said Andy Palmer, Nissan Motor Co. executive vice president and chief planning officer.

The BladeGlider features a three-seat layout, which puts the driver in the center of the car. The unusual vehicle carries 70 percent of its weight over the rear wheels and is said to be a predictable and easy car to drive at the limit.

The concept version included in-wheel electric motors to propel the rear wheels, a first for the brand.

No technical specifications have been disclosed about the production version of the BladeGlider.

Nissan is also considering a smaller version of the next 370Z that may be powered by a downsized turbocharged four-cylinder engine, according to Palmer and Shiro Nakamura, Nissan senior vice president and chief design officer. The two were interviewed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

Nakamura said the next Z car "could be smaller."

He said it will also be a car of slightly different character compared to the current model and its predecessor because, "We can't do the same thing three times."

Palmer confirmed there will be a conventional version of the future 370Z, as well as a Nismo model. Nismo is the automaker's high-performance brand.

Palmer also confirmed that a hybrid version of the next GT-R is in the pipeline.

"We've registered Race Hybrid or R-Hybrid," he said.

Another strong showroom possibility is a production version of the Nissan IDx concept, which is inspired by Japanese performance coupes of the 1960s and '70s.

Edmunds says: Nissan is hoping to lure young car buyers to the brand with such exciting products as the BladeGlider and IDx coupe, as well as updated versions of old favorites.

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