LEAF it out!

Nissan’s eco-friendly electric family car is about to get the sporty treatment.

The Japanese giants have announced they will launch a special Nismo version of the new 2018 Leaf.

The bold new sporty version of the EV is being built in a bid to attract a younger audience.

It features a bumpy, more aggressive and chunkier exterior.

Muscular bonnet ridges, flared out wheel arches at the front and rear, a resigned bumper with contrast colour splitter and angular Daytime Running Lights. It also sits on sportier alloy wheels and has a cracking two-tone bonnet.

Overall the character of the car has been changed overtly, much like the way Civic distinguish the standard hatchback from the Type R hot hatch.

Design chief Alfonso Albaisa has admitted: “The previous Leaf’s design wasn’t popular with the majority of people, so its 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.”

The introduction of the Nismo Leaf is not the only new arrival to the Leaf range as a more powerful Leaf E-Plus is also due in 2019.

This car is rumoured to have higher-capacity batteries and a more rigid frame.

This could improve the range of the car significantly.

It has not been confirmed whether or not the Leaf E-Plus will also be offered with a Nismo variant but hat could make for one truly special electric car.

In September this year the new Nissan Leaf 2018 was revealed after much anticipation.

Nissan Leaf 2018 model

Nissan Leaf 2018 model

The new car has a drastically overhauled image which is much more conventional than the original Leaf and looks more in line with cars being currently manufacturers by the car manufacturer.

Its styling is reminiscent of the 2017 Micra, especially the new front-end with V-Motion grille.

Most importantly the range got a boost thanks to a new battery.

It is powered by a 40kW battery which has a max output of 150PS and 320Nm of torque allowing a top speed of 90mph.

The new Leaf has got a bump in range to 150 miles on a single charge, which doesn’t quite reach the heights of the new Tesla Model 3.

Pricing for the new Leaf starts at £26,490.

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