A few days ago, Nissan announced a generous investment in the British plant in Sunderland in order from the end of 2024 to host the production of the new generation of the Leaf and progressively the construction of the next Juke (2025) which will return as purely electric but also of the also an all-electric Qashqai which is expected in 2027.
The most interesting and due to time proximity presents the new Leaf which is expected to claim even greater distances from its first incarnation as the first mass-produced electric car but even from its current generation, adopting the specifications and appearance of a small elegant crossover.
In fact, Nissan cites the Ariya as a point of reference for its aesthetics, while the Japanese have already presented a prototype called Chill-Out which is expected to influence the design of the Leaf which, in addition to the utilitarian nature of a crossover, will pose as priority and aerodynamics for the benefit of energy saving.
The starting point for the new Leaf will be a new architecture, specifically the CMF-EV known from the Renault Megane E-Tech and the Ariya, which will be adapted to the needs of the new model. Its batteries will be sourced from AESC and manufactured at the new production facility that has been commissioned near the Sunderland plant.
According to the recommendations, it will be new generation batteries that will guarantee 30% more energy efficiency compared to the 62 KWh battery with which the modern version of the Leaf is equipped. This development, combined with the rest of the changes, is expected to allow the next Leaf to drastically increase its range with the goal of exceeding 550 km.