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Nissan NISMO Trucks and SUVs Coming Soon?

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The name NISMO (Nissan Motorsports) is synonymous with performance at Nissan. Up to now, we've seen some of the automaker’s cars get the NISMO treatment, including the recent 370Z, the GT-R and the Sentra, and even the Juke SUV benefited from it a few years ago.

Now, Nissan is reportedly looking into the possibility of expanding its offering of NISMO-branded vehicles in the United States, and this time it would include pickups and SUVs.  This is as reported by Automotive News, which cited an interview with NISMO brand CEO Takao Katagiri.

Katagiri confirmed that there have been many internal discussions about this possibility.

Adding the NISMO touch to the brand's pickup trucks and SUVs would allow Nissan to offer more choices, of course, but also provide a response to rivals like Toyota with its TRD variants. And considering that the majority of vehicle sales in North America are of SUVs and pickups, it would make sense for the company to exploit this.

Nissan has already launched a NISMO SUV, but not for our market. That would be the Patrol, the global equivalent of the Armada offered in our market. That NISMO variant debuted earlier this year, offering more power, a reinforced structure and visual accents like a carbon-fibre body kit and interior trim.

As for which models might one day get the treatment, we can only speculate at this point, but look to the sales chart for potential candidates. The Rogue and Pathfinder come to mind.

We don’t know either if the Canadian market is in the plans for these potential versions. We can imagine that so goes the U.S., so goes Canada, but that’s no guarantee.

Stay tuned.

2021 Nissan Rogue
Photo: D.Boshouwers
2021 Nissan Rogue