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Nissan Leaf Nismo concept previews upcoming production version

Monday 02/October/2017 - 09:37 PM
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The new Nissan Leaf will be offered in Nismo form to enhance its appeal and attract younger buyers - and a new concept revealed at today's Nissan Futures event likely previews its look. AutoCar said

 

A single image of the concept shows that it will feature more aggressive bumpers, deeper side skirts and unique wheels.

 

The image comes after design chief Alfonso Albaisa told Autocar that a “racier” Nismo version would be produced to help the second-gen hatch reach image-conscious buyers — something its predecessor struggled to do.

 

“The previous Leaf’s design wasn’t popular with the majority of people,so its look couldn’t contribute to sales,” he said. “The new car is lower, wider and sportier, with the point of this design being to get greater accessibility of the market.”

 

Albaisa said it will be easy to develop Nismo parts for the new Leaf. Such a practice isn’t new to Nissan because it offers Nismo trim on several models, including the Juke.

 

A hotter Leaf E-Plus is also due in 2019. It will have higher-capacity batteries and a stiffer structure. A Nismo pack could make such a model constitute a performance variant.

edited by amrmamdouh

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