Next-Generation Nissan LEAF Could Be Offered In Crossover Form & 5-Door Hatchback


Nissan 7 seat e-NV200

Nissan 7 seat e-NV200

According to reports, the next-generation Nissan LEAF may be offered in both crossover and 5-door hatchback versions.

Autocar is reporting that work is already well underway on the next-gen LEAF and that “there could be more than one LEAF.”

Nissan executive vice-president Trevor Mann told Autocar that LEAF could be viewed sort of as a sub-brand for Nissan:

“There could be more than one LEAF. We’ve always said it needn’t be one car.”

“We’ve got the NV200 electric, too, now, but obviously we’re still studying other opportunities.

“What we’ve got to do is to make sure the market is right.We want to make sure that when we do the next one or we expand the line-up, we’re really taking the market intelligence that we’re gathering and using it. With our customer base, we have an enormous amount of feedback that we can recycle into what we do in the future.”

Mann didn’t specifically mention that the LEAF name could expand to include a crossover, but that’s one of Nissan’s hottest segment, so it makes sense to go the crossover route.

Mann didn’t comment on the precise timing of the next-gen LEAF, but he did state the following when asked if the LEAF would follow Nissan’s typical 7-year product makeover schedule:

“The product life could change slightly because it’s an EV.”

We expect the next-generation Nissan LEAF to launch in Q1 2017 with much improved range over today’s LEAF.

Source: Autocar

Category: Nissan

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41 responses to "Next-Generation Nissan LEAF Could Be Offered In Crossover Form & 5-Door Hatchback"
  1. Anthony says:

    A crossover that “only” got 135 miles of range would still be feasible for many people who only drive 50-60 miles per day. What we need is more in-town quick-charge stations.

    1. Lausbub says:

      I hope it will be capable of 3 phase charging.

  2. EV-AZ says:

    Wow, I did not see this one coming. I have been thinking for some time now that they should build a PHEV Rouge. But a BEV Crossover with 200mi range and quick charge capability would definitely be a game changer.

    1. Viktor says:

      Isn’t that exactly what tesla will realize in 2018 according to roomer? There we really can say quick charger capability

      1. Craig Capurso says:

        Only for the rich

    2. jerryd says:

      They should have 2-3 range options on all them and add a pickup.

      And best would be make it a separate division so salespeople won’t scuttle sales to gas cars too often done now.

  3. Anton Wahlman says:

    It looks likely that Nissan will soon have new and attractive BEVs available for under $30,000, with range of perhaps 160 miles, eventually going to 250+ miles. Nissan might also be able to break even on selling these cars. I sure wouldn’t want to be a competitor to Nissan with these prospects, if I had any intent to gain market share, let alone making a profit.

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      Depends on a few key factors:
      – Still no TMS? (unless they can really tame the lizard, no TMS means more rapid degradation in hot climates and that’s a bad thing for TCO; no TMS also means larger range drops in cold and that affects value)
      – Aerodynamic? (if still boxy, prepare for a significant drop at highway speed, making that long range not so long)
      – How fast can it charge? (if they continue to insist on thinking 50kW is fast they’ll continue to be making city cars).

      1. ziv says:

        I will be curious to see how the Lizard pack does long term. It seems to be a lot better than Nissan’s original pack but that is setting the bar pretty low. TMS would seem to be a basic requirement for todays battery chemistries, but maybe TMS won’t be needed in the future.
        Aero is huge, but crossovers don’t have to have a huge Cd and their area, though larger than a sedan usually, doesn’t have to be that big, either. Mazda’s CX-3 and Honda’s HR-V both look like they have decent, albeit not great aero, for highway efficiency. When the Bolt arrives, hopefully it will have a decent number as well.
        Recharge rates are going to be really interesting. 50 kW is really fast for most purposes, but it just falls short for long road trips. That is the one place gassers really shine. I would tolerate a BEV that could charge at a 50 kW rate but a lot of people would think that this would cause problems, even though in the real world it would be fine 98% of the time.
        The way I look at it is that waiting for a half hour is not that unreasonable. I would like to get at LEAST an hour and a half worth of driving at every half hour stop so 105 miles of highway driving would around 30 kW, so 60 kW would almost get me there.
        But, this wouldn’t be fast enough for a lot of people. I think that 140 miles worth of range in 20 minutes (or 200 in 30 min.) would satisfy more than half the people that buy electric cars and that would require more like 140/3.5 = 40 kW And 40 kW for 1/3 hour = 120 kW charge rate. And Tesla just happens to charge at rates up to 120 kW… What a surprise.
        Yeah, Tesla is kicking the competition to the curb on charging this year, but I would bet that the competition begins to catch up in 2 or 3 years. It will be interesting to see what Tesla pulls out of their hat to stay in the lead. Interesting days.

    2. McKemie says:

      Anton, do you see this as yet another “Tesla killer”?

  4. bro1999 says:

    How reliable is Autocar as a source for rumors? They also put something out saying the Model 3 will be unveiled in March of 2016 in Geneva.

    A UK outlet that has all this insider info about US (Tesla) and Japanese (Nissan) companies….consider me dubious.

    1. bro1999 says:

      Seems to me they are just taking what’s already been publicly stated, and putting out wild guesses as to what will happen in the future.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Yes, we seen that story as well, actually a community member sent it to us first (props to Jack). Here is the link for its humor value.

        You see a lot of headline rehash in this business, but to work the angle like you have scoop is a little more, uh rare…especially considering the Model 3 reveal news came out straight from the Tesla CEO on the last report conference call we listened to 3 months ago.

        “We are hoping to show the Model 3 in March of next year,” of course he did add some leeway, …don’t super hold me to that month.”

        Tesla Model 3 Reveal Tentatively Set For March 2016
        -May 7th, 2015

        …now to be fair, Autocar could have been oblivious to this statement, as plug-ins aren’t there only focus, but then again, that might be worse? IDK, they may have just punted one…it happens.

  5. Loboc says:

    I wonder if they’re still doing an Infiniti LE? Haven’t seen anything lately.

    I think an upscale LEAF would sell well. People are complaining about the seat life and other low-end aspects of LEAF.

  6. MarkSTJ says:

    I currently lease a 2012 Leaf. If Nissan treats me well I will probably get a 2017. If not I will be a Tesla customer. It is up to Nissan.

  7. Don Quixote says:

    I lease a 2014 Leaf. I will probably lease or buy a 2017 Leaf. If Nissan can’t provide at least a 180 mile range I will probably be a Tesla customer.

    1. Stuart22 says:

      What about the Bolt? Why wait until 2018….

  8. Koenigsegg says:

    They need to design a car that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to get into first of all.

    MAKE THE DAMN CAR GOOD LOOKING PLEASE! enough of this funky weird ugly stuff

    Only Nissan i’d get into would be the GTR

    1. BraveLilToaster says:

      I’m curious what you drive today. For all I know, it’s a Honda Odyssey.

      Because, you know, *other* people have been known to drive “ugly” cars. So stop with this crap already. It’s not the reason for Nissan’s “failure” with the Leaf.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m fairly sure that despite the “wimpmobile” styling, the cumulative sales for the Leaf puts them at #1 worldwide for plug-in EVs.

        Perhaps it’s not selling as well as Nissan hoped, but the Leaf is rather far from being a “failure”.

  9. Just_Chris says:

    Hired an x-trail over the weekend for a long trip into the hills this weekend. I spent the whole time thinking this is a great car why can’t they make it with an electric drive train? Hopefully the outlander will motivate nissan to think a bit beyond the fugly hatch back.

  10. evnow says:

    “The product life could change slightly because it’s an EV.”

    Is that more or less than “7 years” ?

    Anyway, Nissan would have to continually make range improvements like Tesla is doing to stay competitive.

    1. Mike says:

      Well GM has actually been better about increasing range. Two capacity upgrades in the first generation (2013 and 2015).

      1. evnow says:

        Yes – but Volt 2 is a small increase over Volt 1. I expect leaf range to double with next gen.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Yeah. If you look at the stats for how far Volt drivers actually drive in a day, on average, if GM wanted to get up to 90% or better electric miles, then they need to increase the Volt’s range to something like 70-80 miles. Compared to what’s needed, the two tiny increases we’ve seen don’t amount to much.

          Of course, if GM increased the capacity of the Volt’s battery pack by 50% or more, that would add significantly to the price, so I understand why they don’t. It would, however, be nice if they’d offer an optional larger battery pack with the Volt 2.0, but so far as I know, they’re not planning that.

          Too bad GM hasn’t changed the battery pack to be a flat design underneath the passenger cabin, as in the Tesla Model S or the BMW i3. That would make expanding the pack simple.

          I don’t want to denigrate what GM has accomplished with the Volt. It’s still by far the best PHEV on the market. I just wish they’d improve it faster.

          1. philip d says:

            I agree. My gen 1 lease is up in November and I am getting a gen 2. Maybe if there is a gen 3 they will switch over to the same platform as the Bolt and go with a flat pack.

            Of course by gen 3 I will be ditching the PHEV and will switch over to a long range pure EV. Hint: preferably one with a nationwide supercharger network.

          2. Nate says:

            I don’t think they should gear it toward mega commuters instead of average commuters. Sure more is always good but there are diminishing returns.

            The numbers get skewed by longer trips, not the car not meeting daily driving for most folks. Average commute in the US is lower than the current AER. Personally, we drove a stretch over 1000 miles over a couple months without using gas. Then every so often there is a longer trip of 150-400 miles. We’ll be taking a longer one next month of over 1000. That will skew will make the EV% go lower this year, but increasing the range wouldn’t change the average ev use that much.

            Current fleet ev% average is lower than the median, and both of those are well lower than the % of trips where no gas is used. All of these numbers are skewed toward the earliest cars that have been on the road longest (and have a little less AER) and the cars that drive way more than the average number of miles in a year.

            Best thing they could do to replace people’s gas miles with ev miles is bring the same drivetrain to more models, not try to make the current model work for the minority of mega commuters.

            1. Brian says:

              “Best thing they could do to replace people’s gas miles with ev miles is bring the same drivetrain to more models, not try to make the current model work for the minority of mega commuters.”


        2. ziv says:

          EVnow, I don’t see the Volt AER range increases as being “small”. It is an EREV, not a BEV, so an increase of 15 miles is pretty big. They went from 35 to 38, then to an unadvertized 39 or 40, and now they will be at 50 miles.
          35 to 50 is huge in just 5 years, considering that the genset is always in your back pocket, so to speak.
          One other point in GM’s favor is that they have understated the AER for the Volt. Most of us get much more than the rated range 9 months out of the year, and a bit less 3 months, admittedly. My 2013MY Volt is rated at 38 miles of AER and I get around 45 miles 9 months of the year, though from the midle of December until the middle of March that drops to around 30-35 miles, depending on the weather. So I am 7 miles over the stated range 9 months and around 6 miles under for 3 months. From what I read, that is pretty common for everyone outside the south and Pacific Northwest.

          1. Nate says:

            I agree going from 35 to 50 is a big bump (42+%), and considering the idea is to cover normal daily driving and not 100% of all driving they’ve covered the needed range.

            I have a 2013 as well. I was a little confused about your comment about the Pacific NW. Do you think those in the NW would get more or less range? The weather is pretty mild here – climate zone 8b in winter so not that cold, then not normally super hot in the summer (although this summer is setting some heat records). Anyway the range I get with my 2013 is very much like yours. Where are you at?

            1. Ziv says:

              Nate, it seems like cold hurts the Volt AER more than heat, so the south and the Pacific Northwest usually have better year round AER numbers for Volt drivers.
              I am in Virginia, so I am border line cold state 3 months out of the year.

              1. Nate says:

                Use to live in the DC area a while back myself. So what I remember might be like Virginia or it might not depending on what part.

                While the winter low temps are definitely lower in that area I bet the average high temp is a bit warmer is a bit warmer — it stays a narrower range here. Also, I think fall gets cooler faster here. Fall was my favorite season in the mid Atlantic. Not quite as hot but the water temps are still nice.

                Anyway, I don’t think our conditions are that much better here but maybe I’m just not quite as efficient as you.

                1. Ziv says:

                  I am in Arlington, which used to be part of DC so the temps should be similar! 😉
                  The odd thing that I find is that my AER doesn’t really start to drop until the temps get close to freezing, but the data I have seen for fleets shows that Volt AER starts to fall fairly quickly after the temps hit 50 degrees. 35 degrees vs. 50 is a pretty big difference and there are two things I think may explain it.
                  First, I garage my car and my commute is short, so my first 3 miles might as well be at 70 degrees.
                  Second, I use heat on Eco 2 or 3, not Comfort, and that seems to make a noticeable difference. I also use the AC on Eco 2 to 4, depending on temps and humidity, and only the very hottest days seem to drop the AER significantly.
                  If I had to guess, I would think that any area that rarely freezes and that usually late at night into very early morning, and that has a daytime average temp of less than 90 degrees would be outstanding place for electric cars.
                  Which kind of sounds like the Pacific Northwest.

              2. Nate says:

                I bet there are places in coastal California that have the best range. Warmer there than here in winter and not about the same in summer.

          2. Stuart22 says:

            I decided to celebrate the 4th of July by pushing my EV range driven to over 60 in my 2012 Volt, which I successfully managed to do.

            I don’t understand why there continues to be negative vibrations toward GM and their intentions with electrification. Unlike Nissan who advertised the LEAF as having 100 mile range capability, GM has not trumpeted out to the world the brilliance that they have created.

    2. BraveLilToaster says:

      In case you haven’t noticed, the real answer to that question is “that’s a secret”. That’s why the entirety of Nissan’s upper management talks like this.

  11. Anon says:

    Nissan has borrowed a few things from Tesla’s playbook, but this feels like wishful thinking.

    Sure, it would awesome if Nissan released both a Hatch and a CUV, but they’ve been very conservative with costs and REALLY holding back on increasing vehicle range for the Leaf for many years.

    We’ll see. The speculation in the EV industry is always fun, but I find things tend to be a bit less awesome in reality. 😉

  12. Josephus says:

    “we’ve got to do is to make sure the market is right”


    We’ve got to make sure that the compromises we make still have a market afterward.

  13. A6Cruiser says:

    Will it seat 6 or 7. We have 4 kids to get around

    1. Jeff D says:

      That is what I am looking for in an EV as well. I am a foster parent, and would like to have a vehicle to meet our needs no matter how many children we might have currently in the house. The seven seat e-NV200 would work especially if the range increased to the 150 mile range for when I drive to the northern part of the state to visit relatives. The greater range would enable me to make the trip with only one quick charge stop.