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Sedan swansong! 2025 Nissan Skyline to become an SUV alongside final generation sedan - could the badge finally return to Australia as a BMW i5 rival?

A Nissan Skyline ‘crossover’ SUV is on the way after a sedan swansong according to Japanese media. (Image: Best Car)

As far as Australia is concerned, the Nissan Skyline is a thing of the past. But that could change according to reports from Japan that the storied nameplate is to become an SUV - something Australians buy in droves.

Japanese auto magazine Best Car has reported that the Nissan Skyline’s future has once again been adjusted by the brand, with one final generation of the Skyline to arrive as a sedan before being eventually replaced by an SUV.

Rather than a generational changeover, however, Best Car reports the Skyline will be available in both body styles at once for some time, with an overlap of Skyline sedan and Skyline ‘crossover’ during the sedan’s final generation.

This information contradicts previous reports that Nissan is working on an electric SUV to replace the iconic nameplate’s sedan version, though it’s likely both of the models coming will be electric regardless.

A key pointer to this, Best Car says, is the Infiniti Qe electric car concept - the first electric car concept from Nissan’s premium brand, which is set to be joined by an SUV version called the Vision QXe.

It’s likely both of the models, the sedan and the SUV coming will be electric. (Image: Best Car)

Best Car expects the Skyline SUV to be fairly long at 4900mm, but not as tall (1650mm) as some SUVs that would be the same length - about the length of an executive sedan like a BMW 5 Series but the height of a small SUV like a Toyota Corolla Cross or Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Best Car expects the Skyline SUV to be fairly long at 4900mm, but not as tall (1650mm). (Image: Best Car)

Previously, Best Car had reported that the next-gen Skyline would use a more powerful version of the B9 e-4orce drivetrain from the Nissan Arya, but with a top-spec version boasting more than 300kW.

Since then, Nissan revealed the Ariya Nismo, a 320kW and 600Nm version of the small SUV, meaning that drivetrain now exists.

One final generation of the Skyline to arrive as a sedan before being eventually replaced by an SUV. (Image: Best Car)

If the SUV version of the model comes to fruition, it could open the door for the Skyline badge to return to Australia, given its departure came as the sedan’s local popularity declined.

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