The future looks bright for Nissan in Canada with 10 new models in the next 18 months. For fans of the Nissan brand there is much to look forward to. We will see fresh new modern styling with industry leading innovation and technology in the mainstream automotive segment.
No official information has been released regarding the next generation Pathfinder large SUV and Frontier small truck, however we expect these two models in 2021 along with a refreshed Kicks small crossover.
2020 Qashqai Small SUV
Qashqai (Rogue Sport in the US) was released in North American in 2017 to replace the quirky Juke crossover. Now in its fourth model year, the 2020 Qashqai receives a mid-cycle refresh with redesigned front facia, rear LED taillights, alloy wheel designs, interior trim and more standard safety aids. Qashqai sits between Kicks and Rogue in Nissan’s small crossover line and is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, 6-speed manual transmission and CVT. 2020 Qashqai is on sale now in a variety of trim levels and unique colour combinations.
2020 Sentra Compact Sedan
The all-new 2020 Sentra was released in February and has been well received by the automotive press and consumers. Sentra is the all-time best-selling Nissan nameplate in Canada since it was first introduced in 1982, also known as the B11 and Sunny.
The new Sentra is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder producing 149 HP and 146 lb-ft torque. Handling and steering feel is significantly improved with newly designed independent front struts and multi-link rear suspension plus dual pinion electronic power steering. Most noticeable is the sporty styling with a lower wider stance and modern athletic look resembling its big brother Altima.
Starting MSRP for the 8th generation 2020 Sentra S 6-speed manual transmission is $18,798 (plus freight and tax). All other Sentra models have continually variable transmission (CVT). The fully loaded Sentra SR Premium tops out at $25,998 (plus freight and tax). Nissan feels that the new Sentra will compete well with the other popular compact sedans including Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Current Nissan owners (2010 and newer) get $1000 loyalty rebate on 2020 Sentra (March 2020 NCF program).
2020 Titan Full-Size Truck
2020 Titan receives substantial powertrain updates, refreshed exterior and interior styling and standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 across all grade levels. The updated Titan offers the most standard power, safety and technology in its class.
New features include moonroof and a larger standard touchscreen display. The retuned 5.6-liter Endurance V8 boasts best-in-class 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque matched with a new 9-speed automatic transmission. To set Titan apart from other full-size trucks, Nissan provides the best new truck warranty in Canada: 5 year/160,000 kms (whichever comes first) bumper-to-bumper coverage.
The 2020 Titan XD remains the heavy hauler of the Titan family with a heavy-duty frame, brakes, and trailering technologies setting it apart for customers looking for extra capability. The Diesel engine option has been discontinued for 2020.
2021 Versa Sub-Compact Sedan
2019 was the last model year for the Nissan Micra and Versa Note sub-compact hatchback models. To fill the void in Nissan’s small car line-up, the Japanese manufacturer is re-releasing the Versa in Fall 2020 as a 2021 sedan. The new Versa will offer a level of refinement with expressive design and is loaded with technology and safety features not usually found in the segment – all for a price fitting buyers in the segment.
The next generation 1.6L 4-cylinder engine makes 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque paired with an enhanced Xtronic CVT transmission or 5-speed manual.
2021 Rogue Mid-Size SUV (Current Model Photo)
Rogue is the best-selling model in the Nissan line-up and the best-selling mid-size SUV in North America. Now in its seventh model year, the current generation Rogue is overdue for a complete make over. The new Rogue, coming this Autumn, will no doubt continue to be Nissan’s flagship SUV for technology, innovation and value in the highly competitive crossover market.
“With all of the amazing new models being released in the next year I am most excited about the next generation Rogue” expressed Tim Hoogaars, Nissan Advisory Committee member and dealer principle Milton Nissan. “Rogue is out best-selling vehicle and the new model will continue to satisfy our existing customers and attract more Canadians to the Nissan brand.”
2022 Ariya Electric Crossover
Bringing together advanced technologies on an all-new EV platform, the zero-emission Ariya crossover embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility, an expansive lineup of vehicle technologies and services that deliver an innovative, future-thinking driving and ownership experience for the customer. Ariya will be approximately the same size as Rogue yet offer more interior space like Murano with a completely flat floor throughout the cabin.
Ariya EV will have an approximate 480 KM range on a full charge and a whopping 380 hp. Ariya is expected to come to market in 2022. Nissan Leaf EV dealers will carry Ariya.
Future ‘Z’ Sports Coupe
Last but not least, Nissan has not forgotten about our beloved Z and is rumoured to be working on a next generation model. The current 370Z was released in 2009 and has received minor enhancements over the years but by-in-large it has been neglected as Nissan focuses on higher volume models.
None the less, Nissan recognizes the Z-Car is an important heritage vehicle that represents the brands success in racing and sports car performance innovation. An example of this is the 2020 370Z 50th Anniversary Limited Edition models. Its unique appearance pays tribute to the renowned Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) livery that adorned the famous BRE Datsun racers of the late 1960s and early 1970s – in a choice of two exterior two-tone colour options: White/Red or Silver/Black with bold door stripes.
Nissan Canada comments, “The Nissan Z is an automotive icon with 50 years of storied heritage. We share the excitement of Z enthusiasts and sports car fans around the world who dream about what the future may hold for the Z. We have not announced any plans beyond the 2020 model year 370Z, and as a policy do not comment on future product plans.”
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