Speaking with AutoGuide at the New York Auto Show last week Loing wouldn’t give any specifics but did confirm that Nissan will offer more Nismo production models and will also reveal more Nismo concept cars.
The next Nismo production car is likely to be a road-ready version of the Sentra Nismo concept, which, along with numerous other aesthetic and handling upgrades, boasted 240 hp from a turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder. And with the IDx concept car a near certainty for production, a Nismo version is equally as likely.
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What’s less obvious is what Nismo concepts Nissan will unleash next. A Nismo Murano or Pathfinder is a bit far fetched, so instead look for a more performance focused Versa Note, Altima or next-generation Maxima.
In early 2013 Nissan made a commitment to its Nismo brand, announcing a new global headquarters for the division in Yokohama, Japan as well as plans to grow it into a global performance sub-division, similar to BMW M. As a part of this expansion Nissan is also planning to make Nismo accessories more readily available though its dealership network. Currently Nissan offers Nismo versions of its Juke and 370Z models, with a Nismo-tuned GT-R set to go on sale soon.
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