It looks like Nissan’s planned expansion of its Nismo brand has started, and the first examples of the push into new segments will go on show in Tokyo later this month. Aside from the Leaf Nismo Concept, the automaker will also be showcasing the Serena Nismo at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show.

The fifth-gen Nissan Serena has been given a visual rework, with custom bodykit elements helping to give the MPV a sportier look – there’s a new front bumper with a wider lip and a sharper looking skirt, and a new rear bumper design, complete with a diffuser, also finds its way on.

There’s no shortage of red accent trim – the shade goes on not just the front and rear splitter, but along the sides as well. The company says that the exterior work appropriately reflects the performance-oriented nature of its motorsports arm, so who’s to argue with that?

Inside, the layout and configuration looks unchanged, but occupants can look forward to red accents to provide contrast. It’s all just with looks, though. Though there’s no mention of any output changes (147 PS at 5,600 rpm and 210 Nm at 4,400 rpm from a 2.0 litre MR20DD four-pot mill), some mechanical improvements have been introduced to improve the Serena’s performance.

Yes, according to the company, the Serena Nismo features sharper handling courtesy of a custom sport-tuned suspension system, while a new engine control module and exhaust system is claimed to “add extra excitement and flair to the overall driving experience.”

Just how exciting, Japanese consumers will be able to find out from November onwards, when the Serena Nismo starts going on sale in its domestic market.