The Nissan Z car was dead for the 2021 model year, but it’s about to return and now we know when.

On Thursday, Nissan announced that the next-generation Z-car, known internally as the Z35, will make its formal debut in production on August 17 in New York City just before the 2021 New York International Auto Show.

The new Z, likely to be called the 400Z, is expected to run on an updated version of the front-midship chassis from the current 370Z. The new Z may not be much lighter than the current car, but it could drive and drive as it is, chief engineer Hiroshi Tamura told us in 2019 thanks to smaller 19-inch wheels and a revised chassis.

Expect the Z to be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that makes 400 horsepower. A manual 6-speed gearbox will be standard and a 7-speed automatic will be available. Rear-wheel drive will be standard, and while unlikely, all-wheel drive could come at some point as it’s an option on the Z platform and drivetrain sibling Infiniti Q60.

Nissan Z Proto

Nissan Z Proto

Nissan Z Proto

Nissan Z Proto

Nissan Z Proto

Nissan Z Proto

Nissan Z Proto

The new Z presented by the Z Proto in September is unlikely to come up with many surprises. The sports car will feature a retro design with a bow and round daytime running lights inspired by the 240Z of the 1970s. A 370Z-like roof line with a Z emblem on the C-pillar flows into a rear end with horizontal taillights as an allusion to the Z32 300ZX of the 1990s.

Nissan Z Proto

Nissan Z Proto

The interior of the Z should look familiar to anyone who has driven in a Z in the past 20 years, but with modern technology. A thinly rimmed steering wheel sits in front of a 12.3-inch digital instrument that places a speedometer in the front and center. A touchscreen, likely an 8.0-inch device, will control the vehicle and infotainment functions. Round buttons under the touchscreen make it easier to operate the climate system. A trio of analog displays, a nod to the Zs of the past, sits on the dashboard, facing the driver.

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