Nissan has dropped yet another teaser of the new generation Leaf EV hatchback ahead of its 6 September debut. This time the focus is on the improved aero design that makes the EV even more aerodynamically efficient, thus increasing the range.
The teaser image shows the silhouette of the upcoming EV and demonstrates how the air flows over the vehicle more efficiently, thus reducing overall drag and improving stability. It also allows the car to cover longer distances between each charge. The speculated range of the new Leaf is close to 340 kilometres.
The second generation Leaf will also sit lower than the current car, says Nissan. This will help the electric hatch gain better stability at high speeds. The overall design will also be beneficial against a strong crosswind. Furthermore, a reduced aerodynamic drag will result in a quieter cabin.
The first gen Leaf was an innovative electric hatchback introduced when the electric mobility was nonexistent. The new Leaf will employ the new V-motion 2.0 design philosophy first seen on the new-gen Micra. This will make it more modern and attractive to look at compared to the blunt-looking current generation Leaf. It will be based on a new lightweight platform with a range of battery packs to give the EV better range than before.
Additionally, the new Leaf is also slated to get Nissan’s ProPilot autonomous tech and a novel ‘e-Pedal system. Nissan claims that with the e-Pedal, the driver will only require one accelerator pedal for 90 per cent of the driving condition.
Nissan never planned to introduce the first gen Leaf in India. However, the Japanese carmaker has shown an interest in bringing their famous electric vehicle to India in its latest avatar. It will be a small volume imitative for sure, and its future prospects in India will depend upon the customer response. We expect that Nissan will showcase the upcoming Leaf electric hatchback at the 2018 Auto Expo.
Stay tuned to CarWale for more development on the new Leaf as the EV builds up for its global premiere on 6 September.