Although it wasn’t mentioned explicitly, the semi-autonomous ProPilot technology that Nissan recently premiered on a Leaf prototype is going to make its way into the second-gen electric hatch for 2017.
The same plot applies to the new range extender called e-Power which, as is typical of Nissan, is being hinted for an upcoming compact car.
This vehicle, according to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, will “meet consumer demand for greater autonomy and fuel efficiency.”
Put two and two together and you’ll find that Nissan is merely being coy about the new Nissan Leaf – unless the EV is just a red herring to an all-new electric compact hatch or sedan. What are the odds though?
Anyway, pairing a range extender to a 60kWh that is worth over 200 miles on its own is an exciting proposition. Perhaps range would be able to go close to 300 miles with the help of the small gas engine?
That would certainly give the Leaf a massive advantage over the Chevrolet Bolt, and draw it closer to long-standing sales rival Chevrolet Volt.