The third generation Nissan Leaf will have nothing in common with the current Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is one of the most popular electric vehicles in Russia on the secondary market, but if we talk about the global market for new cars, under the pressure of modern models, Leaf sales have dropped significantly: according to Dataforce, in October of this year, only 11,568 Leaf units were sold in Europe – 31% less than in October 2022. At the same time, sales of competitors represented by Chinese BYD and MG (SAIC) are growing. Thus, a new generation of Leaf is not only overdue, it is urgently needed. And Nissan won't hesitate: the third-generation Leaf will debut in 2024.
The new model will be completely different from the current second-generation Leaf – the third Leaf will be closer to the Nissan Ariya, and in terms of design it will be similar to the Nissan Chill-Out concept shown at the end of 2021.
The third-generation Leaf will be built on the CMF-EV platform (which is also used in the Nissan Ariya) and will receive the Nissan e-4ORCE all-wheel drive system.
The motors will become more powerful, and the capacity of the traction battery will increase by 30% – to approximately 80 kWh. While the Leaf has a range of approximately 385 km with the current 62 kWh traction battery, the third-generation Leaf can travel about 500 km on a single charge.
If we talk about Nissan's plans for the longer term, the company will turn the Qashqai and Juke crossovers into electric vehicles, while the Qashqai will be similar to the Hyper Urban concept, and the Juke will be similar to the recently demonstrated Hyper Punk concept.