Nissan Says LEAF SUV Will Be Game Changer For Electric Segment

MAR 16 2018 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 36

Nissan’s upcoming electric crossover, referred to as simply the LEAF SUV for now, will take electric cars into the mainstream.

That’s according to Nissan’s European design boss Mamoru Aoki.

Aoki stated:

“Of course, we have the new LEAF, but I think the [production version of the] IMx concept will become a breakthrough model.”

“The IMx is not just a concept car. In a few years, it will appear.”

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In concept form, IMx boasts a range of 373 miles (NEDC, or roughly 225 miles EPA), which may or may not be true of the future production version.

Aoki adds:

“The interior is notably bigger than with a conventional vehicle and there’s much more usable space, thanks to the totally flat floor allowed by the battery pack. The dashboard is also pushed right back because the HVAC  unit is under the bonnet.”

Surely the production version will be toned down a bit from the concept, but Aoki seems rather satisfied with its design:

“The exterior is very Japanese in its details – expressive but with purity and an expensive feeling.”

Some additional info on IMx from Nissan:

“The powerful, yet quiet powertrain delivers enhanced excitement. The IMx KURO is propelled by a pair of high-output electric motors at the front and rear, giving it all-wheel-drive capability. They combine to produce 320 kW of power and an astounding 700 Nm of torque – more than the Nissan GT-R supercar – sourced from a high-capacity battery that’s been redesigned and re-engineered for increased energy density. This new battery supports a driving range of more than 600 kilometers on a single charge, so occupants can enjoy an extended adventure without worrying about recharging.”

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36 Comments on "Nissan Says LEAF SUV Will Be Game Changer For Electric Segment"

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VazzedUp

“In a few years, it will appear.”
Saddened by how slow Nissan is moving its tech into new vehicles.

ziv

That was my first thought, as well. Nice idea, but it would have been a lot more impressive if you had shown the concept a couple years ago and had it on the car dealer lots by now.
This may be a step beyond vaporware but it isn’t a large step.
I don’t care if you have a plan to build a BEV/CUV in more than a couple months. I don’t care if you have plans to deploy a 350 kW fast charger in 2020. I have been hearing talk for 11 years now and so far, no one has been able to build (and sell in large numbers) a decent electric car for less than $50,000. Several have had good years, but none have gotten to 50,000 sales a year in the US. Til then…

Bill Howland

Agreed, I don’t care about some futuristic charging schema or super high horsepower – I just want a larger car with a much bigger battery in it so that I can go somewhere (if its a BEV).

So far the Roadster and the Bolt Ev’s were the only cars that met that goalpost.

Some people are saying GM will increase the battery size soon on their products… I hope so.

Gasbag

“have been hearing talk for 11 years now and so far, no one has been able to build (and sell in large numbers) a decent electric car for less than $50,000. Several have had good years, but none have gotten to 50,000 sales a year “

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is a decent car, is under $50,000, and is being built and sold in large numbers. In February it sold at an annualized rate of over 55,000 per year. That rate is likely to exceed 100k sometime next quarter and 10k per month sometime in Q3. They should also pass 50k cars in Q3.

scott

Nissan, like all other auto manufacturers besides Tesla, makes way more money selling gassers. If they introduce new electric vehicles it will cut into their profits; at least initially.

dan

Alternatively, they could just start “production” today, and start forcing their own employees to buy prototypes built on half finished lines.

Gibber

LOL !

Jacked Beanstalk

It takes a few years to tune the battery cooling fan to perfection.

Alfred

The goddess of ugliness…

Cr

It looks like new insideev site… line after line (of publicity) and in the end another line with the same thing

Benz

The Hyundai Kona EV has already been unveiled and production will start in H2 2018.

The Kia Niro EV will also be unveiled in 2018.

Will

I believe Nissan then any other jokers. Nissan maruno with battery and powertrain 🤔

Knut Erik Ballestad

I believe they said that production will start in May, and *deliveries* in Q3!

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Ugly.

Lamata

It should turn out quite nice, if they tone down the Production Version .

Ron

Nice looking

Vexar

“The exterior is very Japanese in its details”

At least they are admitting it.

Folks, we have no one to blame but Toys’R’Us. Since their became was certain, all the toy designers in Japan started getting jobs in automotive design, and now we have an all-out take-over going on. It’s a shame this future Nissan does not transform into a robot and is stuck in Cybertronian Vehicle mode.

This will not be an iPace-beater, that’s for sure. Can’t incentivise ugly.

WadeTyhon

Lately most Japanese vehicles have been downright bizarre, angular and angry looking. Specifically Nissan and Toyota.

If I had to pick a Japanese brand, I’d go with Honda I guess. Honda’s don’t make me recoil, although they tend to be a little bland.

zzzzzzzzzz

There is other way to say the same. That American consumer taste and idea how things should look like is stuck in medieval ages, while the rest of the world evolves.

It isn’t like it was much different years ago, just noting relativity.

Matthew Sanker

370Z is nice looking and has been since the 350z days

WadeTyhon

Yes it is, there are exceptions. 🙂 Like I said – most! Not all lol.

But overall I find Honda and Mazda designs to be more appealing than Nissan and Toyota.

Lamata

To me, The 240Z Designed by Giugaro is the real Classic…

Vexar

I agree, there’s plenty that’s been done right out of Japan. This, however… unbalanced. Confusing lines. This has nothing to do with personal tastes, this is basic art composition. What is the artist trying to communicate with this design? That the front wheels are just decals?

Jacked Beanstalk

Mazdas look beautiful to me. They should, since they hired Franz von Holzhausen to design several of their models.

Some guy

Love it!

Way better than the current electric Nissan Dorkmobile.

TM

Tough crowd here.
They are just being polite. It would be rude to build something that hogged too much of the marketshare.

Hats off to Nissan. A for effort, and A for embracing EVs.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Well, let’s hope the production version isn’t as fugly as this concept car.

Hey, Nissan! Why didn’t you do this in, say, 2014 — four years after the Leaf debuted — if not before? You’ve been dragging your feet quite a bit, eh?

And here’s hoping your execs are not totally brain-dead, and that you’ll actually put a liquid battery cooling system into this model… unlike the Leaf!

rad

Nissan, leave the Transformer look out. Just plain ugly. If you want to sell to the masses, you have to have something bland (think old style Corolla/Camry), or at least not too far out there. That front end would be a deal breaker for me.

xavier etown

I wonder how hard it would be for Nissan to give the Leaf a treatment like Subaru does with the Impreza > Crosstrek. I’d buy that even if Subaru does come out with a PHEV Crosstrek/Forester.

Will

Its a concept c boys not anywhere near pre production models

Nix

That car will never be sold.

This is the classic old ICE car company strategy of pumping out yet another concept car in endless delay of actually putting out a production car.

Richard Giddens

GM will beat them to market with a Buick or Chevy SUV with better everything and same price. Elon’s Model Y will be late to the party again.

Shields

Have to agreed. Why is nissan only in concept mode here. Leaf has been sold for many years but it’s too small for many
Nissan, I’m waiting for an altima ev but I’ll take the suv at 20-25k. Make this happen and have a best seller.
Nissan we know you can…stop dragging your feet!!

Ash09

But will it have a liquid heating/cooling system, or will be still rely on passive air cooling like the Leaf?

Dan

The only question is how is the battery cooled?

Dan

Fake news! Nissan is forced to counter German groups ‘ avalanche of EV SUV offerings! That’s all !