Nissan plans to unveil a concept on February 1 at 8 PM EST (February 2 at 1 AM GMT) but haven’t we already seen it? is attached Youtube The video which will go live next week and features a teaser of Max-Out which was originally revealed in late November 2021. The automaker says its upcoming EV will show “what happens when virtual becomes physical.” This suggests that the car has actually been built as the Maxout was previously only shown in renderings.
When Nissan initially unveiled the concept, it touted the two-seat electric roadster as benefiting from an “extremely lightweight” construction. The Japanese automaker also pointed out that the car had all-wheel drive, which means it has one electric motor in the front and one in the back. The sporty EV had a low center of gravity and “the unique ability to sit flat, offering more interior space when desired.”
Nissan also gave it an advanced e-4ORCE setup, which it is marketing for a dual-motor AWD setup. The hardware was initially introduced on the Leaf prototype in October 2019 with a combined output of 304 horsepower and 680 Newton meters (501 lb-ft) of torque. It had enough electric punch to provide “highly responsive, yet exceptionally smooth, acceleration”. Technical specifications for Max Out are not provided.
Even if Nissan is going to show the Max out in the metal, we wouldn’t get our hopes up too high for the production version. Convertibles have fallen out of favor in recent decades and need to make more money in other segments, namely SUVs and trucks. Electric convertibles are still very much a novelty, and it’s unlikely that people will flock to buy them. Converting the Leaf into a crossover is a big priority for the 2025 launch and we’re sure the company has bigger fish to fry than spending time and resources on a drop-top model.
When the Max-Out made its debut, it was shown as a possible preview of the Leaf crossover alongside the Chill-Out. We also saw the Surfout single-cab pickup truck and a boxy hangout hatchback that looks like a futuristic Cube.