Now, Nissan is considering a Nismo variant of the all-electric hatchback. Speaking to Autocar, Nissan Design chief, Alfonso Albaisa stated that a racier version with Nismo treatment would help the car to attract more customers.
Albaisa said, "The previous Leaf's design wasn't popular with the majority of people, so it's look couldn't contribute to sales. The new car is lower, wider and sportier, with the point of this design being to get greater accessibility of the market."
Albaisa also stated that it would be easy for Nissan to develop Nismo parts for the new Leaf. Currently, the automaker already offers Nismo variants of several models including the Juke.
The new Leaf is equipped with an electric motor producing 148bhp and 320Nm of torque. The electric motor draws power from a 40kWh battery pack which delivers a range of 379km on a single charge.
Nissan will also offer a more powerful battery pack in the next 18 months which will increase the range to 500km on a single charge. So, a Nismo pack on such a variant could be pitched as a performance model.
Nissan has revealed the all-new leaf electric hatchback with improved features and range. Now the automaker plans to offer a performance variant of the Leaf in the coming years. Expect an improved driving range and better acceleration in the Nismo variant of the Leaf.