Nissan Skyline sedan adopts styling that mimics the decade-old looks of the GT-R sports coupe. Unveiled for the Japanese market, the updated Skyline wears a new mug that includes Nissan’s V-motion grille treatment, while its reworked rear-end reintroduces the model’s classic circular taillight design.
The proportions are not exactly the same, but the shape is obvious. Nissan says it’s also bringing back the four-circle taillights we’re so used to seeing on older Skylines. It’s not an exact replica of the past, but we can definitely see what Nissan is going for.
Engine options are sort of a moot point, since we’re sure an updated Q50 will differ from the Nissan version of the car. Still, Japan does get the equivalent to what we call the 400 Red Sport with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 making 400 horsepower. It’s called the 400R in Japan. There are a couple hybrid options available, too.
Since detaching the GT-R name from the Skyline nameplate back in 2007, the Skyline has gone on to be sold as a rebadged version of the Infiniti G35, G37, and now the Q50. Recently, Nissan even announced a major update to its ProPilot system enabling the Skyline to drive on a single-lane highway without any driver inputs.
ProPilot 2.0 is able to navigate the Skyline along an inputted navigation route, while externally mounted sensors alert the driver if a lane change is necessary, or possible, by way of audio and visual warnings. Once the driver places both hands on the wheel and confirms the lane change, ProPilot 2.0 assists in completing the given maneuver.
In order to make sure the driver doesn’t become overly reliant on ProPilot 2.0, Nissan fits the car with a monitoring system, which sends an alert if it senses the person in the driver’s seat is no longer paying attention. If the driver fails to react to the alert, ProPilot 2.0 will turn on the hazard lights and bring the car to a halt.
ProPilot 2.0 is limited to gasoline-electric Skyline Hybrid models, which rely on a 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor to send 359 horsepower to either the car’s rear or all four, wheels. A twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes up to 400 hp is available in rear-drive Skylines.