Second-Generation Nissan LEAF Will Be Revealed in September

By · May 19, 2017

The first teaser image of the second-generation Nissan LEAF electric car.

A completely redesigned future version of the Nissan LEAF will be unveiled in Tokyo on Sept. 6. To build excitement, Nissan has released a teaser image (of the headlight) in advance of the September event. The company—once considered the leader in electric vehicles—said the image is “the first in a series of photos and informational briefs scheduled this summer in preparation for the global reveal of the new Nissan Leaf later this year.”

Camouflaged LEAF test mules have recently been spotted in Europe, raising questions about the look of the new EV. But the biggest questions relates to range and price—how a new LEAF will stack up against $35,000 long-range electric cars like the Chevrolet Bolt and upcoming Tesla Model 3. There are already rumors circulating about multiple battery pack sizes, ranging from 40 to 60 kilowatt-hours—which would provide between about 160 and 225 miles of driving range on a single charge.

There are also suggestions that a subsequent version of the LEAF, a third-generation model to be introduced in the early 2020s, will exceed 300 miles of range.

Nissan IDS concept vehicle

“This will be a brand new model designed from blank sheets that will make sure we’re still in the front,” said Pierril Pouret, director of electric vehicles for Nissan Nordic Europe, speaking on Monday. Puouret also indicated that the design language will reflect the looks of the company’s IDS concept vehicle, which was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo auto show.

The 2018 Nissan LEAF is expected to go on sale in the United States in late 2017, with European deliveries to follow in 2018.

The LEAF is the best-selling all-electric model in the world with more than 260,000 units sold to date.

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