The first generation Nissan Leaf arrived in 2010 and is now due to enter the next generation with a major redesign. According to a report from Motoring.com.au, the second generation Nissan Leaf will be previewed by the Nissan Leaf II concept and this concept will be unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October.
The concept will take some time to evolve into the production version. In the meantime, Nissan will continue progressing with an update to the current generation. The current Leaf will be revised for increasing its range to 300 km and will be rolled out globally next year, as per the report.
The report suggests that the next generation Nissan Leaf could get a range of 400 km, thanks to a more efficient electric motor and weight-saving technologies including aluminum body parts. Moreover, the company also plans to launch a Nissan-branded electric crossover/SUV, as well as an Infiniti-branded electric sedan featuring the second generation Nissan Leaf’s battery technologies.
The all-new Nissan Leaf is already under development. At its 116th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders held in Japan, Nissan presented a prototype (featured image) under development in the current model’s body, suggesting that the R&D is probably well past the initial stages. However, unlike the figure the new report claims, a promotional video indicated that the company could offer a range of 544 km in the all-new model.
At the meeting, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., said: “We forsee the day when you leave your home with a full charge and are about to go your day with no concerns then return home with ample charge. This video (embedded above) shows how we envision a routine day.”