Nissan’s conservative round of styling modifications for its 2017 model year GT-R, launched today at the New York motor show, adds plenty of fuel to the suggestion that much more radical changes are coming for the model next time around.

The New York car, whose changes would be better classified as useful than stimulating, consist of a new grille, minor body mods that improve aerodynamic stability, a 4.0% power hike and some improvements to cabin comforts definitely suggest Nissan is preparing for a great leap forward next time, which should be about three years’ time.

Worldwide sales also suggest the GT-R needs a boost. It usually sells about 3000 units worldwide (between 600 and 900 in Europe) and only about 500 in the home market. The Porsche 911, considered to be a more expensive rival for the car, does considerably better.

Not quite two years ago at the Goodwood Festival the company showed a radical 2+2 concept called Vision 2020, penned by Nissan’s designers at their Paddington design studio, with engineering feasibility help from their colleagues in Japan.