In a move to capitalize on the rapidly growing crossover segment, the second generation of the Nissan Leaf could be offered in a crossover bodystyle along with the traditional hatchback version.
According to a report by Autocar UK, the executive vice president and member of the executive committee of Nissan, Trevor Mann, said that there could be room to expand the Leaf sub-brand to include other bodystyles. “There could be more than one Leaf,” he stated.
The higher seating of the crossover will appeal to certain section of buyers and existing owners who only use the vehicle for local journeys. If produced, Nissan is expected to compensate the extra weight of the Leaf crossover with a more powerful battery for it to have a similar range as the hatchback version.
While Mann declined to comment on which bodystyle could be used to expand the Leaf line-up, the manufacturer is gathering market intelligence. Nissan wants to make sure that the market is right and the company will take into consideration the feedback it received from its customer base.
There has been no mention of a time frame for the new generation Leaf Crossover, but Mr Mann hinted that the existing seven year model cycle could be altered as the vehicle is an EV. The Nissan Leaf since its introduction in 2011, has sold more than 10,000 units in the UK alone.
[Source – Autocar UK]