The Japanese automaker isn’t taking its sweet time – the second-generation Leaf was presented last month and already production is kicking off at home in Japan, while the Tokyo Motor Show will be graced by the presence of a sporty Leaf Nismo concept.
The rumor mill went crazy after the early September introduction of the Leaf – with reports about this Nismo version but also talk of a SUV derivative. So far, Nissan has been busy starting production of the new EV, at home in Japan, with the United Kingdom and the US to follow before the end of the year. Now, during a presentation of the company, the upcoming leaf Nismo concept for the Tokyo Motor Show has been seemingly confirmed.
The Nismo Leaf has nothing to do with the E-Plus longer-range model, which is coming later on packing a 60-kWh battery that will make it a proper competitor for the Chevrolet Bolt and Opel Ampera-e. Meanwhile, the Nismo Leaf is coming as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, so we’re not yet sure if it will return afterwards as a series production version. Details are scarce at the moment, so it’s still unclear if the Nismo treatment will be one affection only the design or both styling and performance.