Next Generation Nissan Leaf Promises Higher Range


To date, the Nissan Leaf is the best selling electric car in the world. With the start of production, nearly 200 thousand electric cars have found true friends among the owners.

2017 Nissan Leaf

Update of the car promise to make available immediately after the Christmas holidays of 2016.

2017 Nissan Leaf rear view

More Like a Sway Concept

Today’s Nissan Leaf design was not revolutionary. It is a regular 5-door hatch, which can be attributed to the class of bigger compact or smaller mid-size car, dependent on your desires. Now in detail: rounded form, long headlights with small fins pointing to the windscreen, Space Age branded interior — collectively the result is a car that you can either to love or to hate.

Now the exterior design of the next generation Nissan Leaf should became more radical, memorable from the first sight.

2017 Nissan Leaf spy shot

As prototype of the 2017 Nissan Leaf appearance possible option is the Nissan Sway concept presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2015. Representatives of Nissan say that this concept shows in what direction will develop the design of five-door hatchbacks in the next few years.

The concept size is bigger than Nissan Micra, so it can’t be the prototype of this subcompact. Shiro Nakamura, chief designer of Nissan, said that to reach the mass market first of all it is necessary to increase the attractiveness of the Leaf.

“Next Leaf should not be very conservative, continued Nakamura at the Paris motor show — but clean and nice car with beautiful proportions.”

New 2017 Nissan Leaf

Travel Range to Increase

The most vital aspect is the nominal range of the electric vehicle, especially if it be offered with different capacity options for batteries.

Last year, Nissan New Designs Department head, Andy Palmer, assumed the travel range of 2017 Nissan Leaf will be most likely not less than 107 and up to 135 miles. And then he spoiled the car will be assembled with different battery packs, and respectively, with different cost.

A small upgrade in 2013 increased the range of autonomy from 77 to 84 miles. Four years after the upgrade needs to be a significant breakthrough, because the technology has already stepped forward.

Meanwhile, a lot of manufacturers have announced their intention in 2017 to launch their production of mid-size electric vehicles.

2017 Nissan Leaf interior

Possible Equipment List

  • Among the equipment of the electric vehicle are as follows:
  • Electronic assistant when you start moving on the climbs;
  • Navigation system, equipped with search function of the nearest points to charge batteries, and of constructing the shortest routes.

Top configuration, additionally equipped with:

  • automatically adjust headlights (for other versions require additional payment);
  • A lightweight energy-efficient Bose audio system with seven speakers;
  • 360º visibility monitor;
  • A ozone generator which eliminates odors and kills germs.

2017 Nissan Leaf concept

Electric Motor

The most important novelty of electric vehicle new generation should be called the electric motor, which contains a lower percentage of dysprosium that have a positive impact on the process of both production and disposal. The developers have combined a Nissan engine upgraded Converter and inverter (DC/DC). Due to this, the combined node dropped 15% in weight and takes up 35% less space under the hood. Also the engineers at Nissan were used lighter parts and the module of batteries, which made Leaf lighter at 180 lbs. in comparison with the predecessor.

2017 Nissan Leaf test mule

As mentioned above, the price of new car will be increased slightly due to the use of new battery technology. The estimated cost will be about $29,900.

2017 Nissan Leaf redesign

Nissan Leaf model history

First presented to the public in 2011, in 2013 Nissan Leaf design has changed a bit, when at Tennessee has launched a new electric cars production line, previously manufactured exclusively in Japan.

2017 Nissan Leaf facelift
Editor's rating
4.5 overall
  • Safety4.6
  • Performance4
  • Design4.3
  • Features4.5
  • Fuel economy5

Current generation Nissan Leaf is losing its popularity. Nissan should take measure to get back Leaf to top charts. The only way for it - to increase travel range and decrease the price. We will see how Nissan will cope with it.

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