Nissan remains tight-lipped on this car's successor.

Expecting News on the Next-Generation Nissan LEAF Electric Car? You’ll Have To Wait

On the market since late 2010, the all-electric Nissan LEAF is currently the world’s most popular electric car, with well over 150,000 LEAFs sold to date worldwide. More than four years after it first went on sale however, LEAF fans are eager to hear what Nissan has planned for the next-generation car, which is likely to hit the market late next year as a 2017 model-year car.

Thanks to the unexpected unveiling of the 200-mile Chevrolet Bolt Concept Car at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and subsequent confirmation at last week’s Chicago Auto Show that GM would bring the four-seat, long-range subcompact to market by the end of next year, the pressure on Nissan to give more details about its next-generation plug-in is rising, but Nissan says fans wanting to know more about the second-generation model it’s currently working on will just have to wait a little longer.

While we don't know what the next-generation LEAF will look like, Nissan says it will be less geeky.

If you’re expecting Nissan to drip-feed information on the next-generation LEAF like GM did with the 2017 Chevrolet Volt, you’ll be in for a wait.

Unlike GM and the second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt — which was teased by GM for nearly six months before its official unveiling in January — Nissan is keeping quiet until at least the Summer, says Autobloggreen’s Sebastian Blanco, who spoke to Nissan’s Brian Brockman at last week’s Chicago Auto Show.

“Of course things are in the works,” said Brockman when pushed on the status of the all-new LEAF. But while Nissan is happy to admit the next-generation LEAF is nearing production, it isn’t about to let slip just what the next-generation car will have under the hood. Or rather, under the floor.

We already know from previous comments made by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn that the 2017 Nissan LEAF will double existing LEAF range, resulting in somewhere between 150 miles of real-world range and perhaps a theoretical maximum of 200 miles or more per charge, depending on the existing range estimate you choose to double.

We also know that Nissan is considering wireless charging for future models, thanks to former Nissan executive Andy Palmer. Nissan has also admitted that the next-generation LEAF will be less nerdy and more mainstream than its predecessor.

Nissan remains tight-lipped on this car's successor.

Nissan remains tight-lipped on this car’s successor.

While Nissan executives are happy to talk concepts however, they’re not ready to tie anything down. And perhaps with good reason: when GM started nearly six-months of pre-reveal press surrounding the next-generation Chevrolet Volt, sales of the outgoing 2014 and 2015 model year Volts dropped off a cliff.

In not disclosing anything about the next-generation LEAF, not even a launch date, Nissan is insulating itself from a similar effect with its number one plug-in.

What would you like to see in the next-generation Nissan LEAF? Do you think Nissan will be threatened by the new Chevy Bolt? Or will it be able to match its closest rival mile for mile and dollar for dollar?

Leave your thoughts in the Comments below.


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  • David Galvan

    Love my 2014 Leaf. Improvements for 2017? Longer range is a no-brainer. Otherwise I have no complaints about this car.

  • Richard Glover

    David is correct, the Nissan Leaf 3 just needs longer range without to much added weight if possible. They could try 3 battery options, the existing, one higher and one lower.nnThey could give us a Sport Leaf AWD.nnBut they donu2019t need to re-style the body, it looks great.nnAnd they need to get their marketing people driving the car so they know how good it is and understand that when you boast about having made 100 improvements you should not then offer an inferior version to Leaf 1.nnListen Nissan. You created something special, keep it that way.

  • Jonathan Porterfield

    Nissan leaf won’t be rumbled by the bolt. The mark 1 and 1.5 leaf are testimony to its build and reliability..a great track record that new ev buyers will consider ..the bolt ?? All new and un tested in the real world when it goes on sale.

  • D. Harrower

    Next year will be a really exciting time for EVs. It will be the first time we’ll have two mid-range EVs in the same segment to choose from. Right now, any new EV is compared against all others on that alone (and sometimes even against hybrids), because there aren’t enough EVs to fill a segment. Next year we can finally start choosing cars based on which is best, rather than just by which is electric.

  • jeffsongster

    Would be nice if 2016 model was enhanced by battery upgrade to 27 to 32 kWh. Especially if it were an upgrade fully compatible with existing Model… Then bigger splash with new model in 2017… New body… Even denser lighter batteries with more range again… Shoot for 36kWh… With more aluminum body panels and other weight savings … Get beyond 200 miles for less money than Tesla and Chevy and retain dominance in market… Someone pass the popcorn. . this is getting interesting!

  • Doug Liser

    I doubt Nissan will toss a “just out of the lab” battery into a production vehicle which means that 1) the range on the 2017 will be only modestly better, consistent with LG-chem’s density 2) The next gen isn’t coming out anytime soon until years after reliable batteries are proven.nnnGiven the announcements for double range, it could be 2.nnnA 3rd option is that the new leaf will be considerably bigger, more like the Rouge enough to handle a larger, heavier pack. In combination with improved density, they might squeeze 2X range.nnnOur 2014 RAV4-EV with the denser Tesla pack is close to twice the useful range we had with our 2011 Leaf.

    • jeffsongster

      A slightly larger pack with a freeway overdrive gear to increase highway range optimized to 60 or 65 mph would help also.

  • Pax Omnibus

    Wireless charging is a good option for people with private garages. However, for people who don’t have private garages, and for road trips, I hope Nissan still keeps a plug on their next generation leaf as an option.

    • jeffsongster

      As big a fan as I am of CHAdeMO I also hope they upgrade the J plug to Combo CCS so that new LEAF and eNV200s can charge anywhere. A deal with Tesla and supercharge capability won’t happen unless Tesla licences Nissan to help ramp production of the Model III … not damn likely. More plugs… wireless is too slow and lossy for all but overnight charging.

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