Unofficial Next-Generation Nissan LEAF Sketch

SEP 28 2015 BY MARK KANE 49

2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF soon will turn five, and the next-generation version is awaited with impatience.

Maybe the new version (in concept stage) will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in a month, but we’re doubtful about that.

Anyways, on one of  the Japanese sites we found an interesting image of the LEAF just after next-gen operation, before removing stitches.

Changes on the exterior assimilates LEAF to the latest design langauge from Nissan, which is already implemented in the 2016 Maxima.

Maxima looks swell, so we look forward to the new LEAF with potential market introduction in late 2016.

2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima


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The Maxima with a 60+ kWh battery pack would have been nice.

I would pay for that!

How much?

Give it a nose cone instead of a grille, use a skateboard battery like Tesla, license access to the Supercharger network to make it a great EV.

so… make it a model s.

Needs a little more nose cone.

I’ll say just a nose cone would do it.
Any grill is against aerodynamic.
There’s no much need for cooling in an EV, if you need air, just pull and expel it by the wheel well.

I don’t care how it looks,just give me a 40 kilowat more no’s cold in canada ,we need the extra kilwats here!

They make small modular liquid-fuel heaters for cars. I still don’t know why EV mfrs don’t have slots to drop them in for colder markets.

I think some of the vehicles sold in Norway do have this option.

Yeah, every EV should have a ‘cold weather’ option with a heater that will warm the battery when connected to AC.

A heater burning fossil fuel, no thanks, I would rather have a heat pump.

By the way I would like getting people off heaters in their houses as well, using heat pumps instead, especially the new thermoacoustic ones.

In extreme cold, half of your range can go to heating the car. That’s a lot of energy wasted for creature comforts. It’s more efficient to burn petroleum or alcohol at that point.

Sadly, you’re right!
Combustion is something very efficient with hydrocarbon.
Some domestic heater goes to 96% efficiency, still polluting though.
I don’t know what is the efficiency of those small car unit, but there’s also a lot of waste in the actual design of EV.
No insulation, no perfect regeneration, no heat recovery, no heat accumulation, no heating of the battery before going.
If you add some of those into a better design ecosystem you would gain a lot(or mostly loose less)
Imagine if you add all of them, and put a passive solar panel of some sort on the roof, and you would pretty much be able to comfort creature without all that waste.

Well, you won’t be driving an EV in this case.

You’ll be driving a mobile home.

There is no need to burn fossil fuels in such heater. Renewable methanol, ethanol, biodiesel (FAME, RME, HVO) etc. works perfectly fine too.

In really cold climats you would like to have something like that even if it is just for backup for when you’re stuck in a snowdrift in the middle of nowhere.

And in a perfect world you could of course turn it off and on when you want so that you can do your regular commute in all electric if you have the range for it even in winter.

I get free heat every day and all year (I live in the Caribbean).

In extreme cold the Volt has a button that lets the driver control how much of the battery is used to heat the cabin (all battery, mix, all engine)and how much of the ICE is used. Heating the cabin can take a lot of juice.

In the five years since 2011 Tesla has introduced three cars – Roadster, S and X. And they also gave us several different battery sizes for the Model S and an upgrade for the Roadster

But what has Nissan done in the past 5 years. Basically nothing other than giving us a slightly bigger battery just last week.

So I don’t hold much hope for a vastly improved version.

I’m always irritated to see these comparisons with Tesla. It should be obvious, but when comparing a car in the 30K range to one that starts in the 70K range and expecting similar performance is ignorant.

Whooooosh, his point just blew right over your head. He’s not complaining about the LEAF not being luxurious enough. Any fool knows it’s in a different price range.

He’s complaining that Nissan has done very little in way of offering customisation options for the LEAF. It seems like Tesla has advanced at four times the speed. There’s no reason why Nissan cannot make advancements WITHIN their price bracket.

+1 Anti, you beat me to it.

Thank you for recognizing my point. I wasn’t making a Leaf vs a Tesla comparison. I was making a Nissan vs Tesla Motors comparison.

Tesla has upgraded its car several times in the last 5 years while Nissan has done virtually nothing.

They could, at the very least, have given us options on battery size?

Maybe you should have mentioned GM instead of Tesla. Since the first Volt and LEAF came out within weeks of each other, GM has gone full BEV with the Spark EV and soon-to-be Bolt; a version II Volt with substantial improvements; and their misguided attempt at going upmarket with the Cadillac ELR.

Nissan? They cancelled plans for electrified Infinitis, and….. fell asleep while others passed them by.

I have to agree, comparisons with tesla are irritating. No one ever compares nissan to Aston Martin, jaguar or merc.

I understand the sentiment though, there are sooooo…. many new luxurary plugin vehicles coming out and nothing in the mid to lower end of the price bracket. The LEAF works for me but it would have been great to have a maxima with a 40 kWh battery and a phev x-trail and pathfinder in the market by now. Alternatively it would have been nice to see the LEAF mini-vans in the US, in particular with the bigger 30 kWh battery.

I geuss the fireworks will really start as we get closer to 2020 as the EU legislation starts to get closer to realiety.

There’s plenty of evidence that there *will* be a next version, it’s just a question of when.

My guess is that they will be available in some markets late next year or early 2017 the available everywhere by the end of 2017.

What sense does it make to compare Tesla’s entire portfolio vs one model Nissan? Why not compare against Nissan’s entire portfolio? At least that would be fair…

Nissan’s entire portfolio?? You mean the LEAF?

Greg said:

“In the five years since 2011 Tesla has introduced three cars – Roadster, S and X.”

Quibble: Tesla started selling the Roadster in 2008.

Right as usual Pushmi-Pullyu. But do you agree or disagree with the sentiment of my post?

Come on they changed their battery chemistry 3 times and will change again in 2016. Helps to accelerate the deprecation of the older models.

You are right, but Teslas cost twice the price of the Leaf.

To offer a car in this class for a reasonable price the battery prices have to go down a bit.

Nissan could have offered at the very least different battery options for the Leaf, never mind a classier car.

All I need is more range so that I am not trapped to the limited range that the current Leaf gives.

The Leaf is a great LOCAL car and nothing more. It is a very good run-about for the city.

Unless you have a good DFCC grid spread at the right location and working.

If the sketch is “accurate”, then it is an evolutionary change, not a clean slate design. I like the changes, but I hope they make a big leap forward on aero drag, and I think then that it will look much better, by default.

Design-wise, the new Maxima is a hot mess.

Nissan can really put out some real dogs, just look at the Juke!

I hope they really pull it together with the next-gen LEAF. The catfish look with creepy eyes hopefully will go – but LEAFs are so numerous where I live that I rarely pay attention to them anymore…It’s basically a little ambiguous subcompact like a Versa.

Main thing, Nissan – give it as much range as you possibly can. Everything is aero nowdays, smooth the corners – don’t go all space machine on us.

That Maxima looks better than that new LEAF sketch, IMHO.

Right, just give us a Maxima looking new Leaf with more battery energy and that will be fine.

Looks just like the current LEAF is except a little Juke-ified. And that is not a good thing.

The Leaf I had looks just like that sketch.

Except your LEAF probably had better visibility than that sketch with its tiny windows in the back.

I don’t mean any disrespect, but as these design concepts are not from Nissan … I do not get the point.

sorry photoshop


The comments section on stories on this web page are often far longer than the stories. I was one of 200 people in Australia who bought a LEAF last year this web page is pretty much the only place I get to interact with other ev owners. Stories like this are important to me as discussions more than “news” articles. I’ll often skip the article and just read the comments.

To me what this article is a discussion around what the next gen leaf should look like and what it’s spec should be.

I found my imagination more flushed than stirred by that sketch, sorry.

Agreed. In fact, the sketch looks like it represents a car designed by two committees: the front end committee and the rear end committee–sort of like a Giraffe design team.

Not understanding why artists think next generation Nissan battery electric vehicle will be unofficially based on the Maxima?

Wishing artists would look to Nissan Sway and FriendMe concepts for inspiration. Size and proportion are better aligned to a B-class sized vehicle.

Also, why no unofficial concept art refer to the design language presented in the official Nissan LE concept, or e-Flow concept?

Eg: trim lines, headlights and front nose, etc.

As long as it’s a from-the-ground-up design, and not some gasoline car reworked into BEV layout, that will be great.

The new Chevy Volt is actually quite nice looking. This drawing doesn’t look too bad either.