Nissan Japan has revealed the facelifted Skyline this week, headlined by a new twin-turbo V6 petrol option for the region and the introduction of the brand’s semi-autonomous ProPilot 2.0 driver assistance systems.
Set to go on sale during the Japanese autumn, the 2020 Nissan Skyline – essentially a rebadged version of the Infiniti Q50 sold elsewhere – scores a new nose that is the latest iteration of the company’s ‘V-Motion’ grille design.
At the rear, the updated Skyline gets a four-ringed LED tail-light signature in keeping with previous iterations of the long-running nameplate.
The interior has received some upgrades, too. For starters there’s a new full-colour head-up display for hybrid versions – a first for Nissan in Japan – while the new “world-first” ProPilot 2.0 suite gets a special display that shows on one of the two 7.0-inch displays on the centre stack.
As detailed in May, the updated Skyline gets a range of new driver assistance features as standard on hybrid models, including a monitoring system that “continually confirms the driver’s attention is on the road” when the semi-autonomous systems are in use – if the driver becomes unresponsive, for example, the hazard lights will turn on and the vehicle will slowly come to a stop while alerting emergency services.
Combined with navigation data and various sensors, the Skyline can operate hands-free while cruising in a single lane, also assisting with with overtaking and exiting lanes. To use this feature, the driver must first enter their destination in the navigation system which creates a predefined travel route.
Along the way drivers are prompted with visual and audio alerts when the ProPilot 2.0 assistance is available and when hands are required back on the steering wheel.
The updated Skyline also sees the introduction of a 400hp (298kW) 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, which also offers 475Nm of torque from 1600 to 5200rpm. A 300hp (223kW) tune is also available on lower grades.
Rounding out the changes are a new adaptive suspension system, revisions to the steer-by-wire system, and an updated NissanConnect infotainment system which offers new features like over-the-air map updates and Door to Door Navigation that integrates the driver’s smartphone.
Pricing for the new Nissan Skyline in Japan starts at 4,274,640 yen ($56,265).
Speaking with CarAdvice, Nissan and Infiniti Australia’s corporate communications manager, said the Japanese-market Skyline doesn’t preview any upcoming changes to the Infiniti Q50 offered locally.
“There is no link between Skyline and future Infiniti product,” he said.
Click the images for the full gallery