We’re suddenly having flashbacks to the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Today, the Japanese automaker showed off an open air version of the Leaf in Tokyo.
The model is based off the second-generation Leaf that arrived in U.S. dealerships earlier this year. Unlike the drop-top Murano, Nissan says there are currently no plans to produce the open-air Leaf. And that’s a good thing, as we can’t imagine the absence of a roof having a positive effect on aerodynamics. This Leaf has also lost two of its doors, rendering it even less useful.
But introducing a topless Leaf is a good way to draw attention to a recent milestone the car has achieved. Nissan has sold 100,000 copies of the Leaf in Japan since it was first introduced in 2010. The open-air Leaf was unveiled at a small forum in Tokyo attended by government officials and company executives to discuss the creation of a “zero-emission society.”
We don’t know about the open-air version, but the regular second-generation Nissan Leaf feels quicker and more responsive than the original. We also like the car’s ProPilot system, which helps drivers navigate stop-and-go traffic on the highway. Drivers can travel 150 miles on a charge right now, but soon Nissan will offer a longer-range option that could have 225 miles of range.