The second generation of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle is reportedly set for a 2016 debut, according to a report from Auto Express. The redesigned Leaf will apparently use new battery technology for significantly improved driving range, and may also adopt a more traditional hatchback look.
The current Nissan Leaf uses a lithium-ion battery pack for an EPA-estimated range of 84 miles on a full charge. For the redesigned Leaf, this report says that Nissan will use a new battery technology with greater energy density to reach a range that could be as high as 180 miles on a single charge. This new battery technology will also be shared with Infiniti as it prepares its first premium EV that may share a platform with the new Nissan Leaf. To keep the Leaf’s cost down, Nissan may also offer multiple models of the Leaf with varying battery pack sizes and driving ranges. Sales of the Leaf increased significantly after Nissan added a cheaper Leaf S trim in 2013, so this kind of pricing structure should be important for the new model as well.
This next-gen EV may also depart from the current Nissan Leaf in terms of styling, as this report says the new Leaf will adopt a more traditional hatchback look inspired by the Nissan Friend-Me concept (pictured below) from last year’s Shanghai auto show. This means that the Leaf will likely adopt Nissan’s signature V-shaped grille and more angular headlights and taillights like those seen on the 2015 Nissan Murano.
Stay tuned for more news about the next generation of the Nissan Leaf EV which should debut sometime in 2016.