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Future Cars: 2018 Nissan Leaf Keeps Things Familiar 25
Mar
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Electric Vehicles, featured, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Future Cars, LA Auto Show, nissan, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 03 25th, 2017


Nissan’s Leaf was a breath of fresh air when launched back in 2010; a modern-looking, compact hatch that helped bring electric motoring within reach of the average consumer. Yet despite strong sales, the competition has stepped up its game with more recent EV entries like Chevrolet’s Bolt.

Not to be left behind, the Japanese manufacturer has been hard at work developing the next generation version. What will it look like and what can we expect? Well let’s delve further:

IDS Concept-Inspired Styling

In 2015, Nissan revealed the IDS autonomous EV concept, which was said to be a strong pointer for the next Leaf. Fast forward to today, and whilst elements of the show car will make into production, the overall look is worlds apart.

Instead, the new EV will be a visual crossbreed between the latest Micra supermini and out-going Leaf. Frontal styling will be headlined by a mono-tooth, V-Motion grille, chiseled lower bumper and wedge-shaped headlamps.

The view from the side will be fairly conventional; tall and stubby proportions, floating roof and a blacked-out C-Pillar up-kink (not too different to the Chevy Bolt) are the go here. Out back, the hatch will be dominated by horizontal thin-wedge tail lamps and a subtle rear diffuser.

Under The Skin

Perhaps the biggest nuisance with the current Leaf is the limited range. At 107 miles, it lags behind Chevrolet’s Bolt (238 miles), the upcoming Tesla Model 3 (at least 215 miles), Hyundai Ioniq EV (124 miles) and BMW’s quirky i3 (114 miles). 
It’s believed that Nissan will remedy this by offering both 40 kWh and 60-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery packs, with the latter providing range well past the 200 mile mark. This should see an increase in performance too, perhaps with the 0-60 sprint nudging into the 7-second bracket for the larger battery version.

Self-Driving Capabilities

At January’s Consumer Electronics Show, Nissan revealed the next-generation Leaf would be equipped with its own ProPilot autonomous driving technology.

This will allow the new Leaf to be operated in self-drive mode, on single lane highway environments. Further updates over time, will extend capabilities to include multi-lane self-driving and a Seamless Autonomous Mobility command centre – for self-drive vehicles caught up in problematic situations.

On The Street

Look for a world premiere of the 2018 Leaf this fall, with pricing, features and specs to be announced at that time. Deliveries are tipped to start before Christmas.

Finally, what do you think – has Nissan done enough to lure more mainstream buyers into the electric car fold? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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New Kia Stonic Is Korea’s Take On The Fiat 500X And Nissan Juke 22
Mar
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Kia, Kia Scoops, LA Auto Show, Scoops on 03 22nd, 2017


With both Hyundai and Kia tipped to launch sub-compact crossovers that will challenge the likes of the Nissan Juke, this relatively new segment is about to get a lot more crowded.
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Here’s How The Rezvani Beast Alpha’s SideWinder Doors Operate 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LA Auto Show, new cars, Rezvani, video on 11 23rd, 2016


Rezvani Motors' latest product, the Beast Alpha, is not just appealing to look at, but it also features a unique door layout, named 'SideWinder'.
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Fiat 500e Crashed During Test Drive At LA Show, Six People Injured [w/Video] 22
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, Electric Vehicles, Fiat, Fiat 500, Fiat Videos, LA Auto Show, Offbeat News, Reports, video on 11 22nd, 2016


Emergency services were called at the Los Angeles Convention Center, on Monday, after a test drive went wrong.
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Buick Avista Concept Still Makes Us Wish They’d Build It 21
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Buick, Buick Concepts, concepts, LA Auto Show on 11 21st, 2016


More than 10 months after we've caught an initial glimpse of the Buick Avista in Detroit, the study has been taken to the 2016 LA Auto Show, for a local premiere.
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BMW M760i xDrive Flexes Its 600 HP V12 Muscle In LA 20
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 7-Series, LA Auto Show on 11 20th, 2016


Some people cannot do without a V12, and this is BMW's bet when it comes to pricing the M760i xDrive at $16,800 more over the latest Alpina B7.
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2017 Jeep Compass Brings High Levels Of Versatility To Compact SUV Segment 19
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, Jeep, Jeep Compass, LA Auto Show, new cars on 11 19th, 2016


Jeep's all-new 2017 Compass is meant to further expand the brand's global reach, aiming for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.
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Acura Precision Concept Moves To The West Coast, Calls LA Home 19
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Acura, Acura Concepts, concepts, LA Auto Show on 11 19th, 2016


Acura's beak-less study that took this year's Detroit Motor Show by storm is on display at the 2016 LA Auto Show, waiting for visitors to check out its crafted surfaces.
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Elio E1c Engineering Vehicle Debuts In LA, Targets $7,300 Base Price 18
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Elio Motors, LA Auto Show, new cars, video on 11 18th, 2016


More than 62,000 customers have allegedly signed up for one of Elio Motors' trikes, at the time of writing, but in the meantime, some may have noticed that their base price has jumped by $500.
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Subaru Viziv-7 Is A Map Of Things To Come [w/Videos] 18
Nov
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in concepts, featured, LA Auto Show, new cars, Subaru, Subaru Concepts, Subaru Videos, video on 11 18th, 2016


Subaru gave us an exaggerated view of what will become their new mid-size SUV through the Viziv-7 Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
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LA Show: New Hyundai Ioniq Concept Announces An Autonomous Revolution 18
Nov
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in concepts, Hyundai, Hyundai Concepts, hyundai ioniq, LA Auto Show on 11 18th, 2016


This might look like your run-of-the-mill Ioniq, but it’s actually Hyundai’s new concept that can drive by itself.
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All-New Ford GT Race Car Makes Pit Stop In LA 18
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Ford, Ford GT, LA Auto Show, Le Mans, racing on 11 18th, 2016


In order to further boost their 2016 LA Auto Show exhibit, Ford brought out this year's Le Mans GTE-Pro Class-winning car.
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In Case You Forgot, The Spyker C8 Preliator Exists 18
Nov
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in LA Auto Show, Spyker on 11 18th, 2016


Although Spyker didn’t bring anything new at Los Angeles, the Dutch made its presence felt with the C8 Preliator.
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Honda Brings ‘MVP Ridgeline’ To LA Ahead Of NHL All-Star Game 18
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in honda, Honda Ridgeline, LA Auto Show, Trucks, tuning on 11 18th, 2016


Honda and the National Hockey League announced that the automaker will serve as the title sponsor for this year's NHL All-Star Game, held in Los Angeles.
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Curvy New 2017 Mazda CX-5 Looks Really Good In Soul Red 18
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LA Auto Show, Mazda, Mazda CX-5, new cars, SUV on 11 18th, 2016


Gone are the days when car buyers went for black, grey or white colors, and Mazda not only gave it's new CX-5 a more aggressive and sportier look, but they also dressed it in a new shade.
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