Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept is a sportier take on the second-generation Leaf hatchback; could enter production soon
At the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan has debuted the Leaf Nismo Concept. Based on the recently unveiled new-gen Leaf, the concept is a sportier take of the production version that causes a huge stir for its modernised looks and a highly desirable electric powertrain. The concept was showcased in a presentation at a Nissan Futures event in Oslo, Norway before its premiere in Japan.
In comparison to the standard second generation Leaf, the Nismo Concept boasts a bold bumper with conventionally placed air intakes housing the LED fog lamps. It wears a white paint scheme with red accents signature to the performance Nismo models. The lip at the bottom of the bumper has red lines that run to the side and rear of the vehicle.
The Nismo emblem can be seen next to the Nissan badge on the blackened grille assembly while the red accents are on the Outside Rear View Mirrors and the side skirts to bode well with the overall sporty Nismo package. The blacked-out A, B and C pillars along with a black bonnet emphasise the appeal of the concept further and bring a dual-tone theme.
In addition to the cosmetic changes, Nissan seems to have played around with the performance bits as well as the hatchback concept looks wider than the regular model. Nissan could have made revisions to the suspensions as well, besides newly designed alloy wheels that are possibly bigger in size. The interior does get red seat stitching and red accents across the dashboard.
We reported earlier that Nissan is interested in enhancing the appeal of the Leaf with a Nismo package and the concept could well be the right move. The production Leaf Nismo will be targetting customers who seek a sporty EV. Since the Nismo trim is already being offered across the board, Nissan would not find it difficult to fit a sporty kit for the new Leaf as demonstrated in the new concept.