The world’s best-selling electric vehicle, Nissan Leaf is likely to be launched in India in 2018. A few days back, the second generation model was spotted undergoing road test in Europe. It is the latest model that will make it to the Indian market. Reports indicate that the Japanese automaker is considering assembling the vehicle in the country to avoid the expensive CBU alternative.
Assembling the globally popular Leaf in the country will also attract benefits under the FAME scheme, thus allowing this all-electric vehicle to be lucratively priced. The new model will be introduced in the country as one of the eight products that will be launched by 2021. The upcoming second-generation Leaf will offer a choice of new battery packs and improved driving range. Given rising environmental concerns and growing efforts by automaker to encourage buyers, the new Leaf will be positioned as a mass market vehicle.
On the design aspect, the new Nissan Leaf carries forth the V-motion grille and body-side sculpting from the IDS Concept which was showcased in 2015. The new model will no longer get the vertical tail lamps, instead it will get horizontally positioned assembly lamps. Nissan first introduced the Leaf way back in 2010 and since then, the automaker has reportedly sold over 1 lakh units in the United States.
Like the current generation, the new model will also continue to generate a similar power output figure of 107bhp. The existing ones are offered with 24kWh and 30kWh battery models which have a driving range of 228kms and 280kms, respectively. As a part of the upgrade, the upcoming model will get a 60 kWh battery option that is expected to offer a driving range of over 322km. We believe Nissan might showcase the second-gen Leaf at the 2018 Auto Expo event.