Nissan Ariya Nismo: Unveiling Performance and Style at Tokyo Auto Salon 2024

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Electric Excitement Gears Up as Nissan Teases the Nismo Variant of Ariya EV

Nissan has generated a buzz by teasing an upcoming electrified Nismo model, set to debut on January 12 at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Although the model’s name is not explicitly mentioned, the teaser strongly suggests a connection to the Ariya, Nissan’s electric SUV. The official preview offers a glimpse of the silhouette, which aligns with the distinctive design of the Ariya. Recent reports from Japan, including alleged leaked presentation slides, provide insights into the Nismo-specific features that will enhance the Ariya’s performance and style.

Scheduled for release in the U.S. from May, the Nismo version of the Ariya is anticipated to offer a sportier and more dynamic driving experience. Spy shots from the Nurburgring testing last year hinted at a sporty body kit, larger wheels, and a lowered suspension, all signaling the arrival of a new Nismo-branded product based on the Ariya.

The leaked presentation slides reveal that the Ariya Nismo will boast a distinctive exterior with a redesigned front bumper, prominent splitter, side sill extensions, and a rear bumper with additional features. Complementing the aerodynamic enhancements are new 20-inch Enkei alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport rubber. The color palette includes single-tone and bi-tone options, accentuating the Nismo’s bold appearance. Inside, the model is expected to feature bucket seats, a sportier steering wheel, a black roofliner, and red accents, elevating the cabin’s sporty ambiance.

Performance upgrades are a key focus for the Ariya Nismo, with a stiffer suspension setup, revised spring/damper rates, and stronger stabilizer bars. Brake and steering systems are set to receive improvements, accompanied by tweaks to the electronic settings for optimal performance. A new Nismo driving mode is rumored to introduce Formula E sound effects, enhancing the overall driving experience. The e-4ORCE powertrain will undergo special tuning, promising a faster acceleration from 0-120 km/h compared to the standard model. The leaks suggest that the Nismo version will be available with both 63 kWh and 87 kWh battery options.

As Nissan continues to embrace electric mobility, the Ariya Nismo is poised to join the lineup as a high-performance and stylish variant. The January 12 unveiling at the Tokyo Auto Salon promises to showcase Nissan’s commitment to electrifying excitement, with the Ariya Nismo leading the charge alongside other Nismo-badged models like the GT-R, Fairlady Z, and Skyline. Electric vehicle enthusiasts and performance aficionados eagerly await the debut of this electrifying addition to the Nismo family.