The Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept is a pulse-pumping take on the Japanese carmaker's flagship EV, with tuner treatment by its Nismo performance subbrand.
Sporty exterior tweaks improve aerodynamic performance and reduce lift - to keep the Nismo Leaf glued to the road for more exciting handling, Nissan said Tuesday here in an preview of its show plans. It also gets a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance tyres and a custom-tuned computer that delivers "instant acceleration at all speeds," Nissan Motor Co. said. Red accents on the interior complete the Nismo look.
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 automatically park by 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 Leaf Nismo is expected to have the same front-mounted 110kw/320nm electric motor and 40kWh battery as the standard Leaf, which was recently revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Apart from the Leaf Nismo, Nissan is also set to unveil a Nismo version of their Serena minivan, as well as a refreshed Skyline at the Tokyo Motor Show starting later this month.