Nissan's legendary sports car, the Skyline, is slated to undergo a transformative shift into an all-electric powerhouse, encompassing both a high-performance SUV and a sleek fastback model, according to a recent report.
Originating in 1969 through the merger with the Prince Motor Company, the Skyline has undergone several iterations, with the GT-R version emerging later in the same year, gaining acclaim for its enhanced power and handling. The pinnacle of its evolution arrived in 1989 with the introduction of the iconic R32 Skyline GT-R, affectionately dubbed “Godzilla” after dominating the 90s automotive landscape and serving as a precursor to the contemporary Nissan GT-R.
Earlier this year, Nissan teased enthusiasts with an electric R32 Skyline GT-R, initially perceived as a conversion project. However, a November report from Japanese outlet Best Car Web suggested a broader transformation, envisioning the iconic sports car reincarnated as an electric SUV.
The electric Skyline SUV is expected to draw inspiration from the Nissan Ariya platform, with a projected debut in 2025. Sources suggest it will boast a robust 450 horsepower and could potentially be marketed in the United States under the Infiniti brand, akin to the current Skyline's nomenclature as the Infiniti Q50 in North America.
A recent update from the same Japanese outlet now indicates that the Skyline's electric transformation is not limited to an SUV alone. The report proposes the introduction of a 4-door fastback variant, featuring a dual-motor setup generating 443 horsepower, allowing for 4-wheel independently controlled drive.
In a parallel development, Infiniti, Nissan's luxury division, unveiled the Qe electric sedan concept last month, offering a glimpse into the brand's first foray into electric vehicles. Notable features include the distinctive “digital piano key” lighting in the front and rear. Early assessments by dealers likened its size to the Tesla Model S, while describing it as a “striking evolution” of the Q70.
As Nissan navigates the evolving landscape of electric mobility, the revival of the Skyline into electric variants signifies a strategic alignment with the industry's shift toward sustainable and high-performance electric vehicles.