As CES winds down, the Tokyo Auto Salon present will probably be beginning up. It is kind of the Japanese counterpart to SEMA, that includes aftermarket corporations and OEMs displaying off modified cars and parts. And Nissan will probably be kicking it off with an unnamed (however seemingly straightforward to guess) Nismo-tuned EV.
The announcement comes through Nissan’s YouTube channel, the place a placeholder video for the reveal stream reveals the reveal time and the fundamentals about it being a Nismo EV. And since we have embedded it on the prime of this publish, you’ll want to come again for the reveal, which will probably be at 8 p.m. Thursday (tomorrow), January 11. All that is proven within the placeholder is a silhouette of the automobile.
Seeing as Nissan solely has three EVs on sale, it is not too laborious to guess what that is. One EV, the Leaf, is outdated and has had a Nismo model released in Japan, in order that’s most likely out. One other, the Sakura kei EV, is a boxy little factor that does not match the silhouette in any respect. In order that leaves the Ariya, which has a curvy, quick nostril that matches the picture effectively.
We have additionally seen spy photos of a sporty Nissan Ariya testing at the Nürburgring last fall. So all issues level to the Ariya. It additionally helps twin motors and fairly respectable horsepower numbers as is, so including extra energy together with dealing with upgrades can be an ideal match. The take a look at Ariya we noticed was mildly restyled with a deeper chin spoiler, facet skirts and a diffuser. It nonetheless had a typical paint scheme, although, which can be spiced up with pink accents or some graphics on the manufacturing mannequin.
Probably the most highly effective Ariya makes a strong 389 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque proper now. It is doable that Nissan and Nismo enhance the output, but it surely’s not a assure. The Nismo Leaf solely made as a lot energy because the U.S.-spec Leaf Plus, as an alternative relying extra on its suspension upgrades for improved efficiency. However with much more highly effective competitors from Hyundai, Ford and Chevy, and the truth that extra highly effective motors do not require up to date emissions gear, we might hope that Nissan would add extra grunt to remain aggressive.