The long-anticipated redesign for the Nissan Leaf is to be revealed Sept. 6 in Tokyo.
According to Pierril Pouret, senior vice president of Nissan in the Nordic Region speaking in Oslo, Norway Monday, Nissan’s mass-market EV will be an all-new design with some cues taken as expected from the IDS concept (pictured).
“This will be a brand new model designed from blank sheets that will make sure we’re still in the front,” said Pouret at an event to commemorate the 30,000th Leaf in Norway.
Concealed test mules have already been seen testing on roads in Europe, and in question is how the Leaf will stack up to the 238-mile range Chevy Bolt EV, and pending 215-plus-mile Tesla Model 3, both to be priced in the mid 30s before incentives.
The Tesla and Chevy are quite different except for price point and miles of range, and among the two, the Leaf will be more closely likened to a Bolt alternative.
It’s expected the Leaf could get a 60-kWh battery, but not before next year, and indicators are it may be a smaller-spec grade with only 40-kWh initially.
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The Bolt has a 60 kWh battery, enabling its long range, but a 40-kWh, if true, would mean the first Leafs have under 200 miles EPA-rated range.
Pricing is of course not announced, but it would be likely to be in line with the present Leaf which starts around $31,000 and has 107 miles range – and otherwise competitive with the other vehicles it must sell against.
Pouret said the new Leaf will also boast some degree of autonomous drive capability without saying if this was optional, or standard.
The new Leaf is expected to go on sale by end of year according to the Norwegian report, and be available for deliveries by 2018.
Nissan, which has invested 3 billion Euros in Europe in batteries, says battery packs will be prepared at a cost value to it.
“In the automotive industry today there is nothing invested in as much as in electric cars and electric car technology,” said Pouret. “Many of these investments we already made 10 years ago, which gives us a certain competitive advantage.”
TU via InsideEVs
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