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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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2017 Nissan Note Hybrid Leaked, Complete With Facelift 27
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, nissan, Nissan Note, Nissan Scoops, Nissan Versa, Scoops on 09 27th, 2016


Just as Nissan is getting ready to expand its eco-friendly vehicle lineup, the first images with a hybrid version of the Note have ended up on the web.
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New Nissan Navara-Based SUV Spied: Could This Be The Next Non-US Pathfinder? 12
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in nissan, Nissan Frontier, Nissan Navara, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 09 12th, 2016


We have spotted Nissan testing what looks like the SUV version of the latest NP300 Navara pickup truck.
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New Nissan Navara-Based SUV Spied: Could This Be The Next Non-US Pathfinder? 12
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in nissan, Nissan Frontier, Nissan Navara, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 09 12th, 2016


We have spotted Nissan testing what looks like the SUV version of the latest NP300 Navara pickup truck.
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2017 Nissan Rogue Facelift Apparently Makes Early Appearance In Ad 7
Sep
Posted by John Halas in commercials, LA Auto Show, nissan, Nissan Scoops, Nissan Videos, Scoops, video on 09 7th, 2016


Did Nissan show the refreshed 2017 Rogue in its latest Heisman House campaign? It certainly seems so, as the opening shot in (some of) the goofy spots that were created in partnership with ESPN include what we think is the updated Rogue.
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Next-Gen Nissan Micra Spied As Being Sportier, Bigger And More Aggressive Than Ever 26
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in nissan, Nissan Micra, Nissan Scoops, Paris Auto Show, Scoops on 07 26th, 2016


The latest-generation Nissan Micra has been spied in the midst of testing in Southern Europe, adorned with significantly less camouflage than previously-spotted examples.
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2017 Nissan Armada Snapped By Reader Hanging Out In Houston 13
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in nissan, Nissan Armada, Nissan Scoops, Scoop on 07 13th, 2016


Some six months after its only debut, two examples of the new Nissan Armada were snapped by a reader out and about in Houston, Texas.
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2017 Nissan Armada Snapped By Reader Hanging Out In Houston 13
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in nissan, Nissan Armada, Nissan Scoops, Scoop on 07 13th, 2016


Some six months after its only debut, two examples of the new Nissan Armada were snapped by a reader out and about in Houston, Texas.
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Nissan Spied Testing New 2018 SUV Based On Navara NP300 Truck 25
May
Posted by John Halas in nissan, Nissan Frontier, Nissan Navara, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 05 25th, 2016


Nissan is readying a tough, body-on-frame SUV, as our spies nabbed a test mule based on the latest generation of their Navara NP300 pickup truck.
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New Nissan Micra Spotted, It’s The Production Version Of The Sway Concept 26
Mar
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in nissan, Nissan Micra, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 03 26th, 2016


We’ve been expecting the new Micra for quite some time now, but it looks like our wait is coming to end.
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2017 Nissan GT-R Snagged At New York Auto Show! 23
Mar
Posted by John Halas in new cars, New York auto show, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 03 23rd, 2016


Nissan’s updated 2017 GT-R was scooped on the floors of the New York Auto Show last night.
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2017 Nissan Armada Allegedly Leaked Through Official Image 4
Feb
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in nissan, Nissan Armanda, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 02 4th, 2016


Nissan is getting ready to introduce an updated version of the Armada, for the 2017MY.
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What’s Renault-Nissan Cooking Under This Compressed Note Test Mule? 11
Sep
Posted by John Halas in Mystery Scoop, nissan, Nissan Note, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 09 11th, 2015


We caught engineers from the Renault-Nissan group testing an unknown vehicle in Southern Europe.
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