Following images shown at the Nissan Futures event earlier this month, the concept arrives wearing more aggressive bumpers, deeper side skirts and unique wheels.
Design chief Alfonso Albaisa has previously 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,â€¨so its look couldn’t contribute to sales,”â€¨ he said. “The new carâ€¨ is lower, wider and sportier, with the pointâ€¨ of this design being toâ€¨ 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.