The latest Nissan to receive the Nismo treatment is expected to be the all-electric Ariya.
It’s set to be revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon on January 12, however leaked slides from Nissan’s presentation were posted online by Mag X.
A prototype suspected to be the Ariya Nismo was spied in November 2023, which combined with the presentation leak points to the Ariya Nismo entering production.
Nissan published a silhouette of the upcoming Nismo model on YouTube which matches that of the Ariya.
The slides on the presentation confirm the Ariya Nismo will receive upgraded suspension including retuned springs, and dampers and a stronger front stabiliser bar, and brake pads which Nissan claim will provide a “solid and high-quality brake feel” and improved chassis control.
Other changes include unique tunes to the vehicle dynamics control, traction control, and ABS.
Nissan has made upgrades to the Ariya’s dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain, though these have yet to be revealed.
However, based on the leaked imagery, Nissan claims the Ariya Nismo will be one second faster in a 0-120km/h sprint than the standard Ariya.
Currently, the most powerful Nissan Ariya has a dual-motor powertrain with 290kW of power and 599Nm of torque.
Mag X reports the Ariya Nismo will be offered with both 63kWh and 87kWh battery options.
The Ariya Nismo will reportedly be five per cent lighter than the standard Ariya.
It will reportedly receive an aggressive front bumper with a new front splitter, exaggerated side skirts to increase downforce, red stripe exterior accents, a sporty rear lip spoiler, and a new rear bumper.
According to Mag X, Nismo will use “exclusively developed” Michelin Pilot Sport EV tyres wrapped around 20-inch Enkei aluminium wheels with a five-spoke design.
Inside, Mag X reports the Ariya will receive a unique steering wheel with red accents, bucket seats, a black headliner, and red footwell lighting.
In addition, the instrument cluster is reportedly lined in metallic red trim, while a black open-pore wood finish is understood is expected on the dashboard as well as a red start button.
The bucket seats are expected to be covered in a suede-like upholstery with red perforations.
There will reportedly be six colour options to choose from. There are single-tone options including Prism White, Dark Metal Grey, and Midnight Black. The two-tone options all feature a Midnight Black roof but feature Prism White, Deep Ocean Blue or Stealth Grey body colours.
The standard Nissan Ariya is yet to make its way to Australian shores, with timing of the EV still up in the air.
According to Mag X, the Ariya has been delayed for various overseas markets.