Nissan’s product chief Andy Palmer told Auto Express that he wanted Nismo to be like “a democratisation of AMG”, referring to Mercedes’ tuning arm, which launched the Mercedes A45 AMG at the Geneva Motor Show.
Palmer confirmed that a Qashqai Nismo and other models would be developed, but “with honesty”, as he put it. Some models will feature major performance and handling enhancements, while others would be more subtle with styling tweaks.
“Whatever we do to the cars, the chief engineer runs the programme and he signs it off,” said Palmer. “We’re looking to produce the best handling cars in their class, but handling with security that will flatter drivers and with a degree of comfort, too.”
While the Nissan Micra and Note will get the Nismo treatment, Palmer confirmed that a GT-R is being worked on: “It’ll be the ultimate Nismo version,” he said.