Next Nissan Leaf Will Look Like A Normal Car
Nissan’s next iteration of the Leaf EV will hang on to its hatchback styling, but it will look more like a conventional car.
According to Automotive News, Nissan EV product chief Andy Palmer said that the next version of the Leaf would conform more closely to the latest Nissan design language seen on cars like the Rogue – that means Nissan’s new V-shaped grille opening, rather than the completely flush front end used on the current Leaf.
What the next Leaf won’t be is a sedan. That will be reserved for a now-delayed Infiniti EV, which is expected to debut in 2017. The Infiniti EV will arrive first, and may even be able to exceed the Leaf’s range, due to its sedan shape, which allows for different packaging. Palmer said that 300 km (186 miles) is the internal target for the next-gen EVs, versus the current Leaf’s 84 mile range.
It looks like a Prius, swollen with some nasty infection. That said, there are always those who attack electric cars as if trying to kill them by the death of a thousand cuts. Arguments about the environmental damage done in its manufacture conveniently ignore that done to manufacture and fuel gasoline and diesel vehicles For most trips made by most people, the LEAF would be just fine. Considering how many bland Camrys are exciting enough to make it a perennial best-seller, this should be doing better in the marketplace. Is it more sensible to use a pickup or SUV to transport one person?
Nissan could improve its nex-gen Leaf by providing a more truthful gas gauge, and by discarding their worthless navigation system. They are really my only complaints about the car. Tesla has these details right.
There's no need to change the Leaf. Vehicle styles are always changing. The Leaf looks normal enough. We no longer think the lack of running boards is abnormal, do we?
Leaf looks 'oryginal enough' so Nissan should leave it that way .. Elegant & quirky & futuristic is the way to go with EV's design .. .. and because of the 'small capacity'(low range) of the nowadays batteries EV's should be possibly small and light .. Renault ZOE is probably the closest to 'my' definition(small,stylish city-car) of a succesful EV that works in a 'real world'.. Companies still must work on 'range', though: Good urban commuter should get at least! 250km range(you would charge 'that thing' once/twice a week , .. not every day!..) ... BTW: What is the 'real cost' of Tesla S(without gov't subsidiaries:)?