Nissan has confirmed plans to showcase a concept version of a Leaf Nismo at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Along with the confirmation, the company has released a lone image of the concept, which is previewing a future production Nismo.
Nissan design chief Alfonso Albaisa confirmed the concept at a Nissan-specific event today. The designer stated Nissan plans to leverage the sporty Nismo trim as a means of attracting more image-conscious buyers into the Leaf’s fold. Subsequently, Albaisa admitted to AutoCar the previous generation Leaf was not winning over any buyers due to its design theme.
Of course, Nissan has made a conscious effort to change perceptions with the design of the new Leaf. The new EV is lower and wider than its predecessor, and certainly looks more interesting than the frumpy-looking first version.
As noted from the released image, the Leaf Nismo Concept is sporting more aggressive fascia designs, a lower stance and unique wheels. Generally speaking, the motif here looks classic Nismo and calling it a “concept” seems like a bit of a stretch.
There’s no official word on when a production Leaf Nismo could launch, but 2018 seems like a safe bet at this point. Nissan is also expected to roll out a Leaf E-Plus model in 2018 with a higher-capacity battery pack and stiffer frame; both attributes that could spell for a worthy performance variant.