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July 23, 2019

The 2019 Nissan Skyline is a 400-Horsepower Sports Sedan That Can Drive Itself

Before Nissan spun the GT-R into its own separate line, it was known as the Skyline GT-R. And with that, it’s a family of sporty front-engine, rear-wheel drive executive sedans. Though the Skyline is more recognized as an Infiniti (G or Q, depending on which particular model), that didn’t stop Nissan from giving it some serious muscle for 2019.

Carrying on the Skyline’s tradition of introducing the most advanced technologies on offer, this 2019 sedan can be fitted with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine. With a badge that reads “400R,” you can pretty much guess that this VR30DDTT engine cranks out 400 horsepower and 675 Nm of torque making it the most powerful factory-built Skyline ever.

But more than just raw power, the Skyline is the first Nissan model to offer ProPilot 2.0 technology that increases its autonomous driving technology. Nissan calls this step a “on-ramp to off-ramp” meaning it can help maneuver the car according to a predefined route on designated roadways. For the first time, it enables hands-off driving while cruising in a single lane.

To enable these new functions, drivers must first set their destination in the navigation system, creating a predefined travel route.

Once the car enters the highway, the system's navigated driving feature becomes available. Upon activation, it will assist the driver with traveling on a multi-lane highway—helping handle passing, lane diversions and lane exiting—until reaching the predefined highway exit.

The new ProPilot also enables hands-off driving while cruising in a given lane. When the vehicle approaches a road divide, or when passing a slower vehicle is possible, the system judges the appropriate timing of branching off or passing, based on information from the navigation system and 360-degree sensing. The driver receives intuitive audio and visual guidance and is prompted to put both hands on the steering wheel and confirm the start of these operations with a switch.

Along with the more powerful engine and added self-driving technology, the refreshed Skyline also gets some decidedly GT-R design cues such as the stronger V-motion grille and the reintroduction of the iconic four-circle combination lamps, lit in full LEDs.

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