Nissan has revealed more details about the Leaf NISMO concept that it will formally unveil this month at the Tokyo auto show. The hot-looking electric hatch previews a sportier Leaf variant that, rumors say, will reach production before the end of the decade.
Notably, the features a host of handsome exterior additions that spice up the 2018 Leaf’s styling. Aggressive front and rear fascias, split-spoke wheels, and side skirts provide the Leaf NISMO concept with an additional sense of dynamism that the standard Leaf lacks. The NISMO concept’s body kit isn’t merely for looks: Nissan notes that the pieces have been designed to reduce aerodynamic lift. Inside, the NISMO concept features red accents to separate it from the run-of-the-mill Leaf.
Accompanying the visuals are a sport-tuned suspension, stickier tires, and revised electronics that Nissan claims alter the electric motor’s powerband. The company, however, makes no mention of output gains beyond the standard car’s 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.
Although still a concept, the Leaf NISMO represents an exciting production prospect that has the potential to prove that relatively affordable electric vehicles also can be fun to drive.