Next-generation Nissan Leaf will offer a 186-mile range, a more conventional design

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2014

The next-generation Nissan Leaf comes into focus again courtesy of AutoExpress and according to the British magazine we will see several improvements. First of all, the new Nissan Leaf will offer a range of up to 186 miles (300 km), which is a real improvement comparing it to the current range of 85 miles (136 km) range offered by the current version.

The bad news is that the Leaf will not surpass the Tesla Model S, which can travel up to 312 miles (502 km). Despite the better range, Nissan’s Leaf will arrive with smaller battery packs and what’s more interesting is that the same technology will be available on the Infiniti luxury brand too.

Regarding the design, expect the chromed ‘V’ grille featured on the current Nissan models, angular headlights and ceased bodywork. The Friend-ME Concept will borrow new design elements to the next-generation Leaf.

Nissan will launch the new Leaf in late 2016, which means that the electric vehicle will arrive on the market as a 2017MY.

Nissan Leaf electric car, a compact 5-door hatchback, has a distinct v-shaped indented design accent on its hood, giving the Leaf a sharp, sleek look when viewed frontally. Slightly protruding LED headlights, with a distinct bluish glow, are smoothly molded into the hood to complement the Leaf’s flowing, compact and unique profile. Furthermore, the headlights are aerodynamically designed to reduce drag and vibration by diverting the airflow away from the car’s side mirrors.

And last but not the least, the well-designed headlights of the Leaf consume a mere 10 percent of the electricity usually consumed by conventional headlights, thereby contributing to the Nissan Leaf’s longer range from a single charge of its battery. This longer range makes the Leaf at par, if not better than those of other prominent electric car brands in the global market today.

Nissan Leaf’s exterior dons an environmentally friendly Blue Earth color theme, which is in line with the Leaf’s original Aqua Globe body color used in the very first model of the Leaf. This color theme continues into the interior cabin, as seen in its dashboard color accents and in the illumination of the panel instrumentation. Interior accent trims are noticeably hued vividly so as exude a pleasantly relaxed and comfortable cabin atmosphere.

CONNECTED MOBILITY IT SYSTEM

Backed-up by an exclusive and advanced IT support system, the Nissan Leaf boasts of a 24-hour, round-the-clock internet connectivity to Nissan’s global data center, which provides its customers with continuous valuable support, information and driver entertainment.

The Nissan Leaf’s impressive features include a dashboard monitor which indicates the battery’s remaining power and a list of the nearest available charging stations. The Leaf is also supplied with a technologically-advanced interfacing system which allows the driver to use a mobile phone to control the car’s air-conditioning and to set charging functions. This interfacing feature is specifically useful when the car’s battery has been drained or turned off. Moreover, the Leaf has an on-board timer for pre-programmed charging of the Leaf’s batteries.

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