The next-generation Nissan Leaf is still a few years away, with its arrival not expected until sometime in 2017, but early details have emerged about what we can expect.
The next-generation Nissan Leaf is still a few years away, with its arrival not expected until sometime in 2017, but early details have emerged about what we can expect. The biggest change will be that the next-generation Nissan Leaf will ditch its goofy EV styling, for an exterior that aligns more closely with the rest of Nissan’s new lineup.
Mamoru Aoki, the Nissan brand’s global design chief recently revealed that he wants the next Leaf to look more like a regular car, like the Tesla Model S. “The current Leaf is aiming too much at an EV-like appearance,” Aoki said. “Tesla doesn’t look EV at all. The Tesla S just looks nice, very sporty, sleek, but very authentic.”
Expect the next Nissan Leaf to feature Nissan’s new styling cues like the V Motion plunging V-shaped front fascia and the floating roof that debuted on the 2015 Murano.
The next generation Nissan Leaf will also have a longer driving range thanks to new battery technology. Nissan hasn’t revealed how much longer the range will be, but Andy Palmer, Nissan’s executive vice president did tell Automotive News that it’s range needs to be close to 200 miles to compete with the upcoming fuel cell cars.
Nissan is still working on Infiniti’s electric car, which will arrive with Nissan’s next-generation battery technology and inductive charging. The Infiniti EV is expected to arrive before the next-gen Leaf.