Nissan will reveal the prototype version of its new Z sports car, previewing the long-awaited successor to the 370Z, later this month.

The Japanese firm announced on Twitter that it will reveal the Nissan Z Proto on 16 September, previewing the new model that’s due in 2021. Autocar understands the production version of the car is set to use the 400Z title.

Nissan has revealed few details of the car, which will be the latest addition to its Z sports car lineage, which began in 1969 with the launch of the Datsun 240Z. The Twitter post confirming the imminent arrival of the Z Proto read: “50 years of passion. Innovation at its core. Modern technology, with a vintage touch.’

The post also featured a short video that highlighted the 50-year lineage of the Z brand and finished with a teaser silhouette of the new car.

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That video is the latest official hint at the shape of the future model, following a brief glimpse in a previous Nissan video highlights its future model line-up. That video shows that it could have styling evolved from the current 370Z coupé.

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The preview came following Nissan’s announcement that it’s to embark on a wide-reaching cost-cutting strategy under the Nissan Next banner. As well as closing its commercial vehicles plant in Barcelona, Spain, the company will reduce production capacity by 20% over the next three years and streamline its ageing product portfolio. 

The 370Z is the oldest car in Nissan’s current line-up, having been launched in 2008. The company’s product planning boss, Ivan Espinosa, told Autocar at last year’s Tokyo motor show that the sports car – along with the GT-R flagship – was “at the heart of Nissan” and that the company was “actively looking at and working on” a successor.