Nissan to Unveil All-Electric Leaf Nismo Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan has announced its plans to debut the Leaf Nismo Concept EV at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.

A clear chess move to attract younger buyers, the Nismo Concept’s body design is the work of Nismo, Nissan’s performance sub-brand acting as its in-house tuning and motorsports division. Full specifications are not yet known, but it is expected to run on second-generation Leaf numbers of 147-horsepower and 236-pounds-feet of torque.

This design also places a premium on improved aerodynamics while keeping drag coefficients steady. With this in mind, its exterior features aggressively styled front and rear fascias, deeper front bumper, a black-striped hood, split-spoke wheels, and contoured side skirts that speak volumes about the automaker’s efforts to trump its predecessor with improved performance and look.

On the inside, it’s a massive vacuum of all-black with red accents flanking the air vents and sports seats. Other notables include a flat-bottom steering wheel, and its electronics are also expected to be revised.

Nissan has acknowledged the former design was not terribly popular with most buyers, and with the sporty look it hopes to improve sales beyond the niche it’s held down to date.

The Tokyo Motor Show runs from Oct. 25 through Nov. 5.


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