During the Geneva Motor Show this week, Nissan confirmed that they plan to unveil the highly anticipated next generation LEAF in September and start production/deliveries by the end of the year.
The update, which has been expected for the last 2 years, could spur the sales of the popular all-electric vehicle.
The main new feature is expected to be the 60 kWh battery pack that Nissan has been showcasing for the past few years.
It should enable a range greater than 200 miles on single a charge and at a price point of around $35,000, like the current top of the line LEAFs, it could be competitive with Tesla’s Model 3 and GM’s Chevy Bolt EV.
Nissan confirmed earlier this year that the new version of the LEAF will also feature its ProPILOT, which is a driver assist system comparable to Tesla’s Autopilot.
Aside from the performance upgrades expected with the new powertrain, the next-gen is also expected to feature a significant design refresh.
Company officials have hinted in the past at the IDS Concept for design cues, which has kept us excited, but I would take it with a grain of salt.
Here’s more on the IDS Concept:
They also displayed a LEAF prototype at CES earlier this year to showcase their autonomous driving tech. It featured a slightly updated design which could also give us some indications of the design of the next-gen model: