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.
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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.
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Source: Autocar Online