Promises to deliver "instant acceleration at all speeds."
Following yesterday’s sneak preview, Nissan has published a complete set of images with Nismo’s take on the second-generation Leaf. The regular variant of the EV is not what you would call an exciting car, but Nismo is attempting to give the zero-emissions hatchback some mojo by installing a sporty body kit featuring the firm’s signature red accents.
Changes include a beefier front bumper with a spoiler lip as well as bigger mesh pieces of trim hosting horizontal LED lights replacing the trapezoidal clusters of the standard 2018 Leaf.
The side profile shows Nismo-branded alloy wheels with high-performance tires and a slightly lowered ride height as a result of implementing a stiffer suspension setup.
At the back, a somewhat more aggressive diffuser has the fog light mounted in the center in the same vein as F1 cars have a rain light. The compulsory “Nismo” badge adorns the hatch.
There’s not much to say about the interior as the only changes that have been made are the red accents noticeable around the air vents and also for the seat upholstery. The same theme has been applied onto the door panels and the start button mounted on the center console where the “Nismo” logo serves as a reminder it’s not a run-of-the-mill Leaf.
Beyond the styling tweaks, the concept aims to provide “instant acceleration at all speeds” thanks to what Nissan describes as being a “custom-tuned computer.” We will find out what that actually means on October 25 when the Leaf Nismo will premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show where there’s also going to be a Serena Nismo sporty minivan on display.
It is believed Nissan will also unveil a Leaf-based SUV due to go on sale in 2019, but the report has yet to be confirmed.
Gallery: Nissan Leaf Nismo concept
Nissan to show LEAF NISMO Concept, Serena NISMO at Tokyo Motor Show
Concept cars and production vehicles to give glimpse of Nissan’s newest and future innovations
YOKOHAMA, Japan (Oct. 3, 2017) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will show a number of exciting concept cars and production vehicles at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, giving customers a glimpse of the company’s newest and future innovations.
A new concept model that embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility will be among the highlights of the vehicles on display. The Nissan LEAF NISMO Concept car, the performance-oriented Serena NISMO and an updated Skyline will also debut at the show. In all, Nissan plans to display 13 vehicles.
The 45th Tokyo Motor Show, held at Tokyo Big Sight, is open to the public from Oct. 27 to Nov. 5. Press days are Oct. 25-26.
The Nissan booth, in East Hall 5, will feature a “spiral” design theme symbolising the company’s past, present and future commitment to making exciting products. It will showcase the values Nissan strives to offer, including the company’s latest electric vehicles. A simulator will let visitors experience the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.
The following is an overview of some of the main display models:
LEAF NISMO Concept: Nissan’s flagship electric car meets NISMO’s driving excitement
Launched in September, the new Nissan LEAF comes with the latest iteration of Nissan’s ProPILOT single-lane autonomous driving technology.
It also includes ProPILOT Park, the first technology in a Japanese-made vehicle to help drivers’ park by automatically controlling the accelerator, brakes, steering, shift changing and parking brake.
Another feature of the new LEAF is e-Pedal, which lets the driver start, accelerate, decelerate, stop and hold the car by using only the accelerator pedal.
The NISMO Concept version of the new LEAF has a sporty new exterior designed by NISMO, Nissan’s motorsports and in-house tuning division.
The application of NISMO racing technology to the car’s body results in enhanced aerodynamic performance and less lift, without sacrificing the LEAF’s excellent drag coefficient. The black interior features NISMO’s signature red accents, creating an exciting, high-performance feel.
On the road, the LEAF NISMO Concept offers a truly exciting drive. This is thanks to a sport-tuned suspension and high-performance tires, not to mention a custom-tuned computer that delivers instant acceleration at all speeds.
The LEAF NISMO Concept combines the environmentally friendly character of an electric car with the exciting driving experience that’s always been a hallmark of the NISMO brand.
Serena NISMO: a minivan with spiced-up looks
The Serena NISMO offers NISMO’s sporting technology – head-turning styling and exhilarating performance – without sacrificing the base model’s family-friendly, utilitarian nature.
The exterior design appropriately reflects NISMO’s performance-oriented nature, with custom aero parts that enhance the aggressiveness of its appearance. Inside, occupants will enjoy NISMO’s signature red accents.
The Serena NISMO features sharper handling, thanks to a custom sport-tuned suspension system.
A new engine control module and exhaust system add extra excitement and flair to the overall driving experience. The Serena NISMO is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in November 2017.
The Skyline: a premium sports sedan with advanced technology
Nissan’s premium sports sedan has always featured cutting-edge technology that stirs the driver’s emotions.
All Skyline models now come with Nissan’s All-Around Safety Shield technology. This can be combined with the high-performance, environmentally friendly hybrid system and Direct Adaptive Steering, which provides intuitive handling for easier and safer driving.
Changes to the Skyline include a revamped exterior and new aluminum wheel designs that spice up what was already one of the most attractive vehicles in its class.
Inside the cabin, the steering wheel and shift knob are new, as is the instrument panel’s surface finish, giving the interior an even higher premium quality. The new Skyline is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in December 2017.
Livestreaming on social channels
Nissan will livestream its news conference at the Tokyo Motor Show via services including YouTube, Facebook and Periscope. Nissan’s global Twitter and Facebook accounts will also feature updates.