2018 Nissan Leaf confirmed for September 6 reveal

2018 Nissan Leaf confirmed for September 6 reveal

Design will take influence from the Micra; it’s confirmed to be available with Nissan’s Propilot autonomous system

The next Nissan Leaf will be the brand’s most advanced electric and partially autonomous model when it is revealed on the 6 September.

Confirmed to feature single-lane semi-autonomous Propilot technology and predicted to offer more than double the range of its predecessor, the all-new model looks on course to reinstate Nissan’s lead in mass-production EVs.

In the run up to the car’s world reveal, Nissan has released a new preview picture that shows a three-dimensional pyramid design within the car’s grille. This new feature will come as part of the new Leaf’s more aggressive exterior design.

The design appears to be inspired by the Micra, as shown by sightings of development cars, with sharper lines on the body and a more aggressively stooped nose.

Along with its new look, the next-gen zero-emissions electric hatchback will also have an improved electric drivetrain that’s predicted to have a range of up to 340 miles – more than double the current car’s range.

This is around 90 miles further than the latest Renault Zoe can offer, making the Leaf a likely class leader by some margin.

The gains will come thanks to new battery pack options for the Leaf that will enable Nissan to sell it with a variety of specs, as Tesla does with its models. The largest battery could double the 30kWh lithium ion pack found in the highest-spec version of today’s Leaf.

When the future Leaf arrives on roads next year, it will lead Nissan’s charge to grow EVs to represent 20% of its sales by 2020.

Nissan Leaf racing car video

Source: Autocar Online

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