An interesting new report from Japan suggests that Nissan will team up with Mercedes-Benz to develop the brand’s next-generation Z-badged sportscar.

While the rumour (courtesy of Response.jp) seems exactly that – a mere rumour – the fact remains that Daimler and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance already work relatively closely together. A prime example? The Mercedes-Benz X-Class being built on the Nissan Navara’s platform.

The report claimed that the new Nissan sportscar would be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2019, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the original 240Z.

Response.jp added that the new, two-door Z-badged car would employ both a Mercedes-Benz platform and the Stuttgart-based automaker’s 2,0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. The flagship model, the report speculated, would be powered by Infiniti’s turbocharged 3,0-litre V6.

The current 370Z, of course, has been in production for nearly ten years, having recently enjoyed the lightest of facelifts.