A new report out of Japan says that the Nissan Skyline is about to change forms and become — you guessed it — an electric SUV. The popular tuning platform has been a sedan since 1957 (years before Nissan) when it was still a Prince model. After the merger with Nissan coupe versions existed in every generation as well.
You might recall that back in 2021 a Nissan executive issued a strongly worded statement about the value and importance of the Skyline nameplate. However, according to Best Car magazine, the plan to continue the Skyline as a traditional sedan has been “frozen”. Instead, it will be reborn as an electric SUV starting in 2025.
The article says that the Skyline SUV will be based on the Nissan Ariya, and is expected to take the shape of a “coupe SUV” like the Infiniti QX55. It also says that Nissan will give it a 450ps dual-motor powertrain and rebadge it for sale int he US as an Infiniti.
It wouldn’t be the first time Nissan has built a Skyline crossover. In Japan, the Infiniti EX was sold as just that from 2009 to 2016. However, if the report turns out to be true it would be the first time Nissan has sold a Skyline crossover without selling a Skyline sedan alongside it.
Perhaps Nissan is taking a page from Toyota and its makeover of the Crown, or even the Ford and the Mustang Mach-E. The main difference, though, would be that Toyota and Ford still sell a traditional Crown sedan and Mustang coupe concurrently with their EV counterparts. This development would be a sad day for Japanese car enthusiasts, but perhaps we can hold out hope that this will be one of the times when Best Car is wrong.