Nissan will take the wraps off its new Leaf NISMO concept at this month’s Tokyo Motor Show, showcasing the Japanese manufacturer’s flagship electric vehicle tuned by its motorsports-based division.
The car, based on the new-generation Leaf that debuted last month, features a sport-tuned suspension, high performance tires and custom-tuned computer that delivers “instant” acceleration at all speeds.
NISMO’s influence is also evident on the car’s design, with an all-new exterior and enhanced aero performance.
“The Leaf NISMO Concept combines the environmentally friendly character of an electric car with the exciting driving experience that’s always been a hallmark of the NISMO brand,” a statement from the manufacturer read.
The new base Leaf comes with the latest iteration of Nissan’s ProPILOT single-lane autonomous driving technology and also includes ProPILOT Park, the first technology in a Japanese-made vehicle to help drivers park by automatically 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 one of 13 vehicles that Nissan plans to have on display at the show, which gets underway with press days on Oct. 25-26 and opens to the public on Oct. 27.