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Alleged next-gen Nissan Z photos leak online showing new wing, automatic transmission

New photos show what is alleged to be the new Nissan Z.

Photo by AutomotiveMap/courtesy of @_nycarculture_ on Instagram

It's a code red at Nissan. Pictures of an alleged new Nissan Z car have been leaked ahead of the model's official unveiling. Instagram user "Brandon" (@laidout4dc) published four photos of what looks like the upcoming Nissan 400Z on his Instagram feed.

The photos show front, back, and side views of the car. It looks nearly identical to the Z Proto Nissan showed off last September, giving the photos validity.

At the front, the photos show a car that has a definitive eye toward its 350Z heritage. A The modern touches of eye-like LED headlights and unique grille mesh are carried over from the prototype into this model. Right up front on its hood is the new Nissan logo, covered by a protective film commonly used in the auto industry.

The rear gives off all sorts of modern and retro vibes. There's a wing on this Z that there wasn't on the Z Proto. It's kept the dual exhaust and Tron-inspired taillights from the September model.

Nissan has put the fuel filler door on the rear passenger side of the coupe and given it door handles that look more passable than the ones on the Z Proto. It rides on 10-spoke black wheels wrapped in performance tires.

The car is shown with a two-tone paint scheme, something that's also carried over from the prototype. This model appears to have the bulk painted a silver/gunmetal color rather than the striking lemon-lime of the model. "Z" badging is seen on the car at the end of the window glass on the passenger side back haunch.

Interior shots of the car show a model that has nearly identical styling to the Z Proto's. There is an automatic transmission rather than the six-speed gearbox that the Z Proto was originally shown with, as well as USB ports and switchgear for what could be heated seats.

The all-digital instrument panel is similar to the one found in the new Pathfinder while the wheel is unique and features a "Z" logo at its center. A traction control button appears to be located to the left of the steering wheel, on the dashboard.

Is this for sure the real thing? The new Nissan Z is set to be officially unveiled later this year. We'll find out more then. In the meantime, you can listen to the roar from its tailpipe.

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The QX60 is all-new for 2022.

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Infiniti has released detailed specs and features for its all-new QX60 SUV. The upscale family hauler will land later this year with a reasonable starting price, updated tech, a nicely appointed cabin, and plenty more. The automaker offers its new SUV in four trims, each of which is available with all-wheel drive: Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and Autograph.

The QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available, and all models get a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Infiniti says that the gearbox has a low first gear that helps deliver better acceleration and power off the line, and taller upper gears for smoother cruising on the highway. The revised all-wheel drive system is more responsive and engages more quickly than the system in the previous model.


2022 Infiniti QX60 The QX60 gets leather and several luxury features as standard kit. Infiniti


An upgraded interior is in the cards for the new QX60, as all models now get leather, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel as standard equipment. Front passengers' backsides are treated to Infiniti's excellent zero-gravity seats and a stiffer second-row seat frame reduces vibration and noise in the cabin. Infiniti says that the cabin itself has more sound-deadening materials and thicker glass in the second row, which together yield a 7 percent improvement in noise on the highway.


2022 Infiniti QX60 A digital gauge cluster comes on all but the base model.Infiniti


A 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Six USB ports, nine speakers, HD Radio Bluetooth, voice commands, and SiriusXM radio are also standard. All but the base Pure trim level come with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and the top Autograph model gets a 10.8-inch full-color head-up display and a smart rearview mirror.

The new QX60 goes on sale this fall in the U.S. and Canada. Pricing starts at $47,875 for the base Pure model and tops out at $64,275 for the top Autograph AWD trim.

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Initial quality study

Nissan Maxima earns top spot in J.D. Power study

The Maxima earned the best model score in J.D. Power's 2021 quality study.

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J.D. Power has released the results of its 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS), and found that the Nissan Maxima achieved the highest score of any single model. The car earned a score of just 85 problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) and Nissan performed well overall in the study. The Maxima entered its sixth generation in 2016 and has remained on sale relatively unchanged since, though Nissan has updated the car with new tech and safety equipment over the years.

Nissan's scores landed it at fourth among mass market brands. The Altima, Maxima, and Murano took the top spots in their respective segments as well. The automaker also took home a top score for its Smyrna Assembly facility in Tennessee, which houses production for the Murano SUV. The six-million square-foot plant earned a gold award for producing vehicles with the fewest defects in the Americas.


2021 Nissan Maxima Infotainment was cited a a major problem area for new car owners.Nissan


Nissan's results are impressive, but Ram has an even bigger reason to celebrate. With a score of 128 PP100, the automaker was the highest-ranking brand in overall quality for the first time ever. Sister company Dodge earned the number-two spot with 139 PP100. Lexus tied with Mitsubishi at number three with a score of 144 PP100, which also made Lexus the highest-ranking premium brand.

J.D. Power surveyed over 110,000 purchasers and lessees of new vehicles for the 2021 study. Owners were asked 223 questions across nine categories on vehicle features, infotainment, seats, and others. On average, scores for the industry as a whole improve by about 3 percent each year, but progress slowed in 2021 to 2 percent. J.D. Power says that infotainment issues were the primary cause of slowing quality improvement levels.


2021 Nissan Maxima Three other Nissan models scored well in the study.Nissan

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