Nissan Motor will show a number of exciting concept cars and production models at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show which will be on later this month. Two of the highlights will be NISMO versions of the latest LEAF electric car and the Serena MPV. NISMO, as enthusiasts will know, is Nissan’s high-performance division and it is not only involved in motorsports but also develops custom accessories for Nissan models.
The LEAF NISMO concept is based on the second generation of the LEAF which was launched last month. It comes with the latest version of Nissan’s ProPILOT single-lane autonomous driving technology. This system 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 NISMO Concept version has a sporty new exterior designed by NISMO. The application of NISMO racing technology to the car’s body results in enhanced aerodynamic performance and less lift, without diminishing the LEAF’s excellent drag coefficient. The black interior features NISMO’s signature red accents for an exciting, high-performance feel, something which you would not usually associate with a fully electric car.
On the road, the LEAF NISMO Concept is said to be exciting to drive. This is due to a sport-tuned suspension and high-performance tyres which replace the standard ones that re biased towards low rolling resistance so that less energy is needed.
The powertrain computer has also been specially tuned for stronger acceleration, although electrically-powered cars already have sharp acceleration as maximum torque is available from standstill. Yet in spite of the extra dose of performance, the LEAF NISMO concept remains environment-friendly, emitting no exhaust emissions.
As for the Serena NISMO, this concept bring NISMO’s sporting technology to a family-friendly MPV. The exterior design appropriately reflects NISMO’s performance-oriented nature, with custom aero parts that enhance the aggressiveness of its appearance. Inside, the spacious 3-row cabin has NISMO’s signature red accents.
With a custom sport-tuned suspension, the Serena NISMO has sharper handling. A new engine control module and exhaust system developed by the division enhances the overall driving experience.
Following a preview of the concept model at the motorshow, the Serena NISMO will go on sale in Japan in November 2017.
NISMO accessories are also available in Malaysia through Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM). The products available are sports parts, competition oil and merchandise. There are also packages for some Nissan models and owners can also retrofit NISMO parts from the packages if they already own the models. In 2013, ETCM was given the honour of hosting the global debut of the Almera NISMO Performance Concept which was the basis of the NISMO version of the Almera that can be purchased today.