Nissan will possibly have one of the most beautiful vehicles at the upcoming SEMA 2022 show in Las Vegas.
The automaker will unveil a 1987 Datsun Sunny Truck whose original powertrain has been replaced with the electrical system of a modern Nissan Leaf. Ford had a similar concept based on a 1978 F-100 pickup at the 2021 SEMA show and Chevy had one based on a C-10 pickup at the 2019 show.
The Leaf’s electric powertrain consists of a single 147hp engine and 236Nm of torque. This is about double the power and triple the torque of the original 4-cylinder Sunny Truck.
The build also features the Leaf’s standard 40 kWh battery, which in the lightweight Sunny Truck could potentially provide more range than the Leaf’s 149 miles. Nissan did not provide a quote.
1987 Datsun Sunny Truck with Nissan Leaf powertrain
Nissan has never sold the Sunny Truck in the United States. This was bought from Japan, hence the right hand drive setup.
The truck belongs to Tommy Pike, owner of South Carolina-based Tommy Pike Customs, and he and his workshop team handled the conversion. He paired the electric motor with a manual transmission, a move that required a custom steeple adapter. He also installed a custom driveshaft and a custom aluminum battery box.
Nissan fans of a certain age will instantly recognize the color scheme Pike applied to his pickup. He is inspired by the livery used on the Baja racers deployed by Brock Racing Enterprises in the late 60s and early 70s.
This year’s SEMA show is scheduled for November 1-4. Nissan will also use the show to showcase its new Z GT4 race car and a Z with Nismo accessories.