Is This Concept the Next-generation Nissan Leaf?

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
is this concept the next generation nissan leaf

“The future vision of car intelligence and electrification.”

That was the entire press release provided by Nissan along with the above photo. That’s it. That’s all.

So, let the wild speculation begin. Is this the next-generation Nissan Leaf? Or is it a life orb that will ship us off to fight to the death in some futuristic panopticon? Who knows?!?! It could be at least one of those things.

The current-generation Nissan Leaf debuted in 2010 for the 2011 model year. Since then, Nissan has been stretching its range almost yearly. The EPA estimates the Leaf to be capable of 107 miles for model year 2016. For 2011, that figure was 73 miles.

Reading into the 8-word press release, we can expect the concept to have some sort of autonomous driving technology and electric drivetrain, while the photo shows the concept will feature Nissan’s corporate V-motion grille and boomerang headlight treatment.

The concept will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next week.

Here it is blown out.

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  • Compaq Deskpro Compaq Deskpro on Oct 24, 2015

    Meh, looks like a concept car version of the current Nissan Murano.

  • Nickoo Nickoo on Oct 24, 2015

    Nissan is already claiming big things for their next generation leaf batteries. I think we may see a real game changer on our hands, however, they claimed that with their previous version too, and it didn't live up to expectations. I think Tesla is going to be in a world of hurt with their giga-factory, unless they have a surprise up their sleeve, they are about to get caught hands down building the model T when the competition has already moved onto the model A.

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  • FreedMike I think this illustrates a bit of Truth About PHEVs: it's hard to see where they "fit." On paper, they make sense because they're the "best of both worlds." Yes, if you commute 20-30 miles a day, you can generally make it on electric power only, and yes, if you're on a 500-mile road trip, you don't have to worry about range. But what percentage of buyers has a 20-mile commute, or takes 500-mile road trips? Meanwhile, PHEVs are more expensive than hybrids, and generally don't offer the performance of a BEV (though the RAV4 PHEV is a first class sleeper). Seems this propulsion type "works" for a fairly narrow slice of buyers, which explains why PHEV sales haven't been all that great. Speaking for my own situation only, assuming I had a place to plug in every night, and wanted something that ran on as little gas as possible, I'd just "go electric" - I'm a speed nut, and when it comes to going fast, EVs are awfully hard to beat. If I was into hypermiling, I'd just go with a hybrid. Of course, your situation might vary, and if a PHEV fits it, then by all means, buy one. But the market failure of PHEVs tells me they don't really fit a lot of buyers' situations. Perhaps that will change as charging infrastructure gets built out, but I just don't see a lot of growth in PHEVs.
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