Update: NISMO Leaf to debut late this month
The first all-electric hot hatch is set to debut at the upcoming 45th Toyko Motor Show, and we now have a number of images and features of the new model. Nissan says the NISMO Concept version has a sporty exterior and enhanced aerodynamic performance and less lift. The black interior features NISMO’s signature red accents and styling. Sport-tuned suspension, high-performance tires and a custom-tuned computer are part of the performance upgrades. Nissan is introducing the “Leaf e-Pedal”, which lets the driver start, accelerate, decelerate, stop and hold the car by using only the accelerator pedal. It will also include fully automated parking technology. Other differences from the base model leaf appear to be large alloy wheels, a lower ride height, a two-tone black and white paint finish, more aggressive looking front bumpers and side skirts, plus sporty looking red accents on the bodywork. Nissan will also premier a new NISMO Skyline model and a NISMO Serena Minivan concept at the Motor Show. Nissan announced plans earlier this year to refresh the NISMO brand, the company’s performance wing, in a bid to boost global NISMO sales to upwards of 15,000 per year.