Gradually, the 2017 Nissan Leaf is being introduced to the automotive industry. Being that the current generation is the highest in volume sales for an electric car, with more than 110,000 on the roads, it is safe to say that the newest generation is highly anticipated. According to spy photos and industry chatter, the 2017 Nissan Leaf will remain a around the same size and a five door hatchback. The EVness of the vehicle is widely suspected to become dialed back by a few notches.
According to senior vice president and Nissan design chief, Shiro Nakamura, Leaf drivers want to show that they have an electric car while behind the wheel of something environmentally friendly yet special. The current generation of the Nissan Leaf is undoubtedly polarizing in its design and styling just as was the Toyota Prius of 2004. Although there are fans of the current look, many others desire a look that is more normal.
2017 Nissan Leaf Design Specs
Per Nakamura at the 2014 Paris Auto Show, the automaker is targeting a larger number of consumers and consumers are looking for just as much EVness as the new Leaf will provide. Due to current reaction to the previous model contending that the Leaf is too unique for their taste, the 2017 Nissan Leaf model version will cover a broader range of consumers. Additionally, the design chief contends that altering their reach does not meant that they will employ a more conservative design; but it will employ one that is nicely proportioned and stable. Nissan is said to be adding special gauges, lamps and/or trim to accent its EVness for those who truly desire it.
The 2017 Nissan Leaf will be produced with a platform that has been highly improved. The output of the battery will be higher and have a lengthier range as compared to the current generation’s EPA rated 84 miles. According to Nissan’s executive vice president, Andy Palmer, the new battery will offer ranges of 125 miles up to 150 miles. This, should it stand true, will place the Nissan Leaf into a whole new realm of competiveness.
Although the interior of the Leaf was designed for city use, primarily, as the range is increased the Leaf will become more of a vehicle of long distance. The comfort of the interior will be increased and the range of interior appointments will grow. The top of the model line will receive a more premium cabin as trim levels will be added as well as features that will showcase expanded automotive technology.
2017 Nissan Leaf Price
Almost four years after the debut of the Leaf onto the automotive market, Nissan’s push to increase its global sales of the Leaf have insiders speculating that the price will rest comfortably in the neighborhood of $18,000-$20,000. This will make it a much more affordable choice than that of the Volkswagen Golf. According to Nissan’s CEO, Carlos Ghosen, the pricing of the third generation Leaf will mirror that of its competitor’s pricing from 2012.
Chatter about the industry contends that Tesla plans to manufacture more than 100,000 of this third generation electric vehicles per year, which would allow it to dominate the market of battery-electric vehicles.