Want an electric car, but the Nissan Leaf’s looks don’t do it for you? Well worry not. Nissan will be unveiling nine new models at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show in January, including a Leaf “Aero” concept.
The Tokyo Auto Show is a lot like our own Detroit Auto Show, in that it is among the biggest auto shows of the season and manufacturers use it as a launching stage for bold new products. The Leaf is sure to take center stage, and judging from the looks and name of the Nissan Leaf’s “Aero” concept, this bodykit is all about aerodynamics. The Leaf is based on the Nissan Versa hatchback, which itself has a drag coefficient of 0.31. The Leaf has a slightly better drag coefficient of about 0.29, which is good, but not great (for comparison, the 2010 Toyota Prius has a drag coefficient of 0.25.)
The Nissan Leaf’s Aero Style concept is said to “express an image of futuristic sport EV driving.” Uh yeah, if you say so. Looks like an aerodynamics kit to me. I just hope for Nissan’s sake, it’s actually functional. Imagine a bodykit that gave your Leaf an extra 10% range? I think plenty of people would be down for that. Nissan, are you taking notes?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.