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UPDATE: Nissan has now officially revealed the Leaf Nismo concept, and confirmed the vehicle’s debut at the Tokyo motor show. See article for details


Hot off the heels of its global reveal, the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf is already getting its sporty on, with the Leaf Nismo Concept revealed this week ahead of its debut at the Tokyo motor show later this month.

Compared to the standard new-generation Leaf electric vehicle (EV), the concept gets an array of styling enhancements, including Nismo’s signature red highlights throughout the lower body kit, larger alloy wheels, and contrasting black body elements to complement the white body paint.

There’s also a new front bumper design with larger faux-intakes, along with unique LED fog-lights.

The interior continues the sporty theme, with red highlights on the vent surrounds and doors, along with red stitching highlights on the revised seat trim.

Additionally, the D-cut steering wheel gets a red marking at the 12 o’clock position, and suede-like trim inserts where the driver’s hands sit.

The company says the Nismo concept features enhanced aerodynamics and less lift thanks to its new body kit, while sport-tuned suspension and high-performance tyres help to improve handling.

It’s only been a month since the new-generation EV was revealed, sporting a new design, a suite of the company’s ProPilot semi-autonomous driving systems, and a larger 40kWh battery pack with around 400 kilometres of range.

The Nissan Leaf Nismo concept will be joined at the Tokyo show by a Nismo version of the Japan-market Serena people mover, along with the updated version of the Infiniti Skyline (above) – known here as the Q50.

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